Rochefort, Belgium, November 19, 2019
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and members of two Athonite monasteries took part in the evening service at a Catholic monastery in Belgium recently.
On Tuesday, November 12, the Patriarch, together with Abbot Alexios of Xenophontos Monastery and Hieromonk Theophilos of Pantocrator Monastery on Mt. Athos, visited the Abbey of Our Lady of St. Rémy in Rochefort, a monastery of the Cistercian monastic order. As can be seen in the pictures posted on the Facebook page of the Chevetogne Abbey, not only did they visit the monastery, but they participated in the monastery’s Vespers service, in the altar.
Xenophontos and Pantocrator Monasteries have also eagerly welcomed Pat. Bartholomew’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory and have celebrated with the Ukrainian schismatics.
Pat. Bartholomew was warmly welcomed by the entire monastic brotherhood and sat upon the bishop’s throne during the service. The entire brotherhood of Chevetogne Abbey also attended the service. Chevetogne Abbey was established in 1925 with the aim of proselytizing the Orthodox, and especially the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Catholic choir sang Greek-Slavic and Byzantine hymns during the service.
Pat. Bartholomew expressed his great joy at visiting the monastery and thanked the abbot for fraternal relations and the significant assistance that his monastery provides to the Greek Metropolis of Belgium. He then presented the Catholic abbot with a silver cross, and the monastery presented Pat. Bartholomew with a leather-bound Bible.