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Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross at the Phanar

On Sunday, 19 March 2023, the third Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, officiated at the Divine Liturgy at the venerable Patriarchal Church of Saint George, Phanar.

Along with His All-Holiness, Their Eminences, Metropolitan Meliton of Philadelphia, Metropolitan Irenaios of Myriophytos and Peristasis, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Myra, Metropolitan Theodoritos of Laodicea and Metropolitan Ioakeim of Bursa, were also present for the Divine Liturgy.

The Divine Liturgy was conducted, according to Church Order, by the Chief Secretary of the Sacred and Holy Synod, Archimandrite Grigorios, with the Undersecretary, Deacon Bosporios. The Divine Word was preached by the 2nd Deacon, Fr. Alexandros.

Also present for the Sunday of the Veneration of the Cross, were, His Grace Bishop Adrianos of Halicarnassus, Ms. Danai Vasilaki, Consul of Greece in Constantinople, and a large number of believers from Constantinople and abroad. On the eve of the feast day, His All-Holiness officiated at the Great Vespers, which was attended by a large number of believers.

On Sunday afternoon, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated at the Lenten Vespers at the Holy Church of Saint Dimitrios, Tatavla. At the Vespers, the Divine Word was preached by Deacon Meletios Stefanatos.

Present also for the Lenten Vespers Service were, His Eminence Metropolitan Stephanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, overseer of the Tatavla district, His Grace Bishop Kassianos of Aravissos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of The Holy Trinity, Halki, Archons of the Great Church of Christ and a large congregation of faithful.

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