Istanbul, April 27, 2023
On Tuesday, January 10, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople canonized two new saints: Elder Gerasimos (Mikragiannanitis) and Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremiah I.
Yesterday, Patriarch Bartholomew presided over the ceremony of the official signing of the Patriarchal and Synodal Act on the canonization of the saints, reports Romfea.
The other hierarchs who served on the Holy Synod in January also signed the Synodal Act.
Pat. Bartholomew extolled the virtues of the new St. Jeremiah:
The holy Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremiah I (1522-1546) dedicated himself fully to the ministry of the Church, in a difficult period for us. He carried out a unique and multidimensional ecclesiastical work, preserved the Orthodox faith unscathed from various threats, strengthened the Ecumenical Throne, contributed to the rebirth of monasticism, enriched Mount Athos through the Holy Stavronikita Monastery. Indeed, he was a model man of God and was recorded in the consciousness of the Church as a saint.
And about St. Gerasimos he said:
St. Gerasimos (Mikragiannanitis) received the gift of hymnography from above, which he cultivated, completely dedicating his life to this call of God. He had as his model the great hymnographers of the Church and the hymnological tradition of Athos. As a monk he was distinguished by his humility and simplicity, and he was already recognized as a charismatic and holy figure.
See Mystagogy for a biography of both new saints.