October 4, 2012
Many people gathered to bid farewell to Metropolitan
Basil. Attending were the secretary of the Russian
Ecclesiastical Mission Hieromonk Anthony (Gutnick), the
Abbess of the Gorny Monastery Georgia with the sisters,
representatives of the Armenian Apostolic Church,
representatives of the Coptic Church, the Jerusalem
Metropolitan Basil was buried in The Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified.
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Metropolitan Basil of Caesarea (born Khristos Blatsos) was born in 1923 in the city of Argos, Greece.
In 1939 he arrived to Jerusalem, where he studied at the Greek gymnasium and at the English school called "Bishop Cobat School".
In 1946 he was tonsured a monk and ordained a hierodeacon. He studied theology at the University of Athens. He taught at the gymnasium.
In 1954 he was ordained to the priesthood as presbyter, and was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite. He was also appointed editor of the "New Zion" magazine.
He was the Secretary of the Holy Synod of the Church
of Jerusalem. In 1957 he was appointed General Secretary
of the Holy Synod and remained in this position until
In 1962 he was elected and consecrated as Archbishop of Jordan. In 1975, he was elevated to the rank of Metropolitan of Caesarea. In 1981 he was appointed Patriarchal Epitrop.
As a representative of the Jerusalem Patriarchate he
participated in various meetings. With the mission he
visited all the Orthodox Patriarchates as well as the
In 2005, he was again appointed Patriarchal Epitrop.
(Translated by Ksenia Dolgova)