Heraklion, Crete, Greece, December 14, 2021
His Eminence Metropolitan Christodoulos of Eleftheroupolis of the Jerusalem Patriarchate reposed in the Lord today at the age of 85 in his hometown of Heraklion, Crete, Greece.
He served as an ordained cleric for 59 years, including 33 years as a hierarch.
The Metropolitan will also be buried in Heraklion, reports the Orthodoxia News Agency.
May his memory be eternal!
The biography of Met. Christodoulos from the site of the Jerusalem Patriarchate:
The Most Reverend Christodoulos, Metropolitan of Eleftheroupolis (civil name Christos Saridakis) was born in Kamara of Heraklion, Crete in 1943. He came to Jerusalem in 1957.
A graduate of the Patriarchal School, he was tonsured a monk and ordained a deacon in 1962. In 1964 he was ordained a priest. He received the title of archimandrite in 1967.
He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at the Theological School of the University of Athens.
He served as abbot of the Holy Monasteries of St. Charalambos, St. George in Ramla, and St. Simeon the God Receiver in Catamonas. He was then appointed teacher at the Patriarchal School, Chief Sacristan, Vice-President of the Ecclesiastic Court of First Instance in Jerusalem, President of the Ecclesiastic Court in Joppa, Igumen at the Tomb of Theotokos in Gethsemane and Assistant Dragoman. In 1985 he was appointed Elder Dragoman.
In 1988 he was elected Bishop of Areopolis, maintaining the position of Dragoman. In 1991 he was appointed a member of the Holy and Sacred Synod. In 1991 he was promoted to Archbishop of Eleftheroupolis. In 1994 he received the title of Metropolitan.