Archbishop of Greece, Patriarch Bartholomew commemorate schismatic primate Epiphany (+ VIDEO)

Thessaloniki, October 19, 2019

Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople concelebrated the Divine Liturgy in Thessaloniki today together with a number of hierarchs from their respective Local Churches.

The Liturgy was celebrated in the 5th-century Byzntine Church of the Acheiropoietos, reports Romfea.

Most significantly, “Metropolitan” Epiphany Dumenko, the primate of the schismatic “Orthodox Church of Ukraine,” created by Pat. Bartholomew and ex-President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine, was commemorated in the service as a primate of a Local Church.

This marks the first time Epiphany was commemorated and entered into the diptychs of the Greek Church. The Greek Church is the first Local Church to recognize the OCU after the Patriarchate of Constantinople, though a number of hierarchs of the Greek Church are fiercely opposed to recognition.

Several hierarchs of the Greek Church, most notably His Eminence Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythira, had urged Abp. Ieronymos to avoid the threat of a schism in the Greek Church by not attending the Liturgy and not commemorating Epiphany.

Pat. Bartholomew thanked Abp. Ieronymos for recognizing the OCU and thereby standing by the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Several hierarchs of the Greek Church argued at last Saturday’s session of the Bishops’ Council that they had to recognize the OCU out of solidarity with their fellow Greek, Pat. Bartholomew, and to stand up to supposed “Russian aggression.”

The Greek outlets,, the Orthodoxia News Agency, and Orthodox Times (the English version of Romfea) also report that Epiphany was commemorated.

The Russian Holy Synod announced on Thursday that it authorized His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to cease commemorating Abp. Ieronymos in the event that he begins to commemorate Epiphany. However, the Russian Church intends to maintain communion with the Greek Church through those hierarchs who stand for Orthodoxy and continue to resist the lawlessness of Constantinople.

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Jeannette Kotsonis10/21/2019 5:12 am
I don't know of any Saint having prophesied a schism in the Orthodox Church. Do you know of any?
Fr.(defrocked} Gerasimos Kambites M.D. M.Div.FRCPC10/20/2019 5:21 pm
Mr Bartholomew has already stated he is FIRST WITHOUT EQUALS. THEY are now all mad, all insane. Are they not heretical enough with their blasted ecumenism. Even Metropolitan Hilarion of Russia is "REPORTED" to have stated that the "mysteries of Rome are Valid." Excuse me? Greek Orthodox priests, all Priest under the Phanar. Start screaming. I MEAN START SCREAMING less you hear the screams of your flocks being ravaged by wolves. Russian orthodox priests hold the line~correct your Archbishop of external relations--what a mess and all should pray for all.
Alexander Leitner10/20/2019 11:00 am
Anathmena to Bartholomew, Anathema to Ieronymos,....cast them out. Break communion with these schismatics. Bring to Old Calendarists back into communion
Stephen Schumacher10/20/2019 3:12 am
Or maybe not?! I'm not sure what to make of this first reaction of the Russian Church atη-πρώτη-αντίδραση-της-ρωσικής-εκκλησί/ ...which has been translated from the Greek as: “The joint Liturgy of Ieronymos with Patriarch Bartholomew does not mean recognition of the Ukrainian schismatics by the head of the Greek Church,” the Russian Orthodox Church points out. The Vice-President of the Moscow Patriarchate’s External Ecclesiastical Relations Committee, Fr. Nikolai Balasov, noted, inter alia: “The Patriarch Bartholomew mentions the” Metropolitan Epiphany” in every Liturgy, and if we consider that a Liturgy with the Patriarch Bartholomew means recognizing the ”OCU “, we must stop communicating with all the Primates of the local Orthodox churches. ” So the consequences stated in the statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church (of October 17) can be put into effect if the Archbishop of Athens himself starts to commemorate the name of the head of the schismatic church otherwise, for example, via a message or a congregation, that testifies to the recognition of non- canonical communion of Ukrainian schismatics” he added." So does this mean that Abp. Ieronymos has NOT yet led the Greek church into schism by concelebrating with Pat. Bartholomew where he-who-shall-not-be-named is mentioned, but this would only happen if Abp Ieronymos begins doing so on his own?! My God, I pray that may do so and that Abp. Ieronymos does not take that further step into schism!
Lawrence M. Chun10/20/2019 3:07 am
Sadly, there is a rift even in the Orthodox Faith. I concur with His Holiness and First Among Equals in the Orthodox Faith, HH Batholomew of Constantinople. The Ukranian eparchy is valid, despite the objections of many like Partriach Krill of the Russian Orthodox faith. I hope this disagreement does not lead a full scale schism within the Eastern Orthodox Faith. LC
Mikhail10/19/2019 11:34 pm
Lord have mercy! He has just ignited a schism within the Church of Greece and expanded the worldwide schism. History will look kindly on this.
Ioan10/19/2019 11:09 pm
Ou sont les Grecs d’antan?
Thomas10/19/2019 10:05 pm
I am glad that this article ended with "The Russian Church... maintains communion with the Greek Church through those hierarchs who stand for Orthdoxy and continue to resist the lawlessness of Constantinople." There was a serious misunderstanding decades ago that the ROCOR was not Orthodox because they did not recognize the so-called Living Church, when in reality the Orthodox Church in Russia was never gone but rather remained the Russian Orthodox Catacomb Church and the ROCOR remained in communion with them. So now, anyone who reads this article cannot really say the same thing that the anathema Communists said decades ago, which is the same thing that Bartholomew and his followers will say.
Fred D’Amato10/19/2019 9:54 pm
Is being Greek more important than your faith? Being Greek (or Russian, Serbian Arab etc.) is not enough for salvation.
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