Heraklion, February 4, 2016
The Romfea news agency has published the resolutions of the Holy Synod of the Church of Crete:
“On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, an extraordinary meeting of the Holy Diocesan Synod of the Church of Crete was held in the city of Heraklion.
At the meeting the Synod members were informed through letters of His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the decision to convene the Holy and Great Council of Orthodox Churches after so many centuries on Crete on June 18-27, 2016, as had been decided at the Meeting of Primates of Local Orthodox Churches in Chambesy (Switzerland) several days before.
In connection with the resolution to hold 'this greatest event in the past 1000 years of history of the Orthodox Church' on Crete which, according to His Holiness, will become a landmark not only for the history of the universal Orthodoxy, but also for the entire world, the Holy Synod of the Church of Crete expresses its deepest gratitude to His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople for such a honor and confidence in the faithful daughter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – our Autonomous Church of Crete.
Meetings of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church will be held in the hospitable Orthodox Academy of Crete, and the Sunday service on the feast of Pentecost (at which His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople together with the primates of the other Local Orthodox Churches will concelebrate) will be celebrated at the cathedral of Holy Greatmartyr Menas (Minas) in Heraklion.
In addition to this, the Holy Synod of Crete with a special joy is inviting the clergy, brethren, and pious and faithful people of our large island to participate in the church services; you will be informed of the service times in advance”.