Prelates Honored at Jerusalem Patriarchate

October 2014


On Saturday, the 14th/27th of September 2014, on the feast-day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, after the divine Liturgy at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection, His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem conferred the medal of the Supreme Taxiarch of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher on Metropolitan Theologos of Serres, Greece. This honour was bestowed in appreciation and recognition of his love of and support to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, especially through hosting youth from the Patriarchate’s flock in camps within his Bishopric, and through the organization of pilgrimage tours to the Holy Land and the Patriarchate, i.e. the current visit of members of his flock on the feast-day of the Exaltation of the Cross.

Deeply moved, the Metropolitan of Serres warmly thanked His Beatitude for this distinction which reflects on his Bishopric, and promised to carry on offering his devoted help and support in any way he can to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Holy Sepulcher and the rest of the Holy Shrines.



On Wednesday, the 11th/24th of September 2014, H.B. Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem received the Most Reverend Chrysostomos, Metropolitan of Kition, of the Church of Cyprus. Metropolitan Chrysostomos had participated in the 6th Meeting of the Joint Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Dialogue in Jerusalem and stayed at the Patriarchate after the conclusion of the Commission’s deliberations, in order to celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

Taking this opportunity, His Beatitude went on to confer on the Metropolitan of Kition the title of the Great Crusader of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, for the incessant manifestation of his love and support of the Orthodox flock, and also for generously hosting Him during His visits in Cyprus and ministering to the Exarchy of the Holy Sepulcher in Cyprus and the Most Reverend Timotheos, Metropolitan of Bostra.

Deeply moved, Metropolitan Chrysostomos thanked His Beatitude for the honour conferred upon him, and pledged to carry on upholding the martyrical presence of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, in its struggle to safeguard its worshipping and pastoral work.