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The passing of the Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos
We are re-publishing the notice of the Archbishop Christodoulos’ passing, as announced in the website http://www.in.gr/, posted on the 28th of January 2008, with information taken from the Athens News Bureau:
throughout the land
At 5.15am, daybreak of Monday morning the blessed Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos passed away, following the tortuous battle for his life that he had been fighting during the past seven months, with valor and exemplary spiritual strength.
The blessed Archbishop passed away in the privacy of his home, as his doctors had respected his wish to not be transferred to the hospital, whatever the developments to his condition.
At 7.15am, the mortal remains of the Archbishop were transferred from his residence to the Athens Popular Hospital for the necessary post-mortem procedures, and will afterwards be transferred to the chapel of the Athens Metropolitan Cathedral, where a supplication will be chanted.
The body of the Archbishop will remain in the Athens Cathedral for a three-day period, to receive the last respects of the public. The funeral will take place on the fourth day, at the 1st Athens Cemetery, with honors befitting a Head of State.
At noon, 2.00pm, the Perpetual Holy Synod will be convening, with the Metropolitan Seraphim of Karysteia presiding, given that the two senior Metropolitans of Langada and Kilkisia are both ill.
The directness of
his words, his simplicity, his fighting spirit, his love for
Hellas, all constitute valuable lessons for the Christian
faithful of the Church. The valor
and the patience that he displayed during the difficult hours of
his personal battle have touched the hearts of everyone”, the
Prime Minister concluded.
The Archbishop of
Athens and All Greece Christodoulos
was born in Xanthi in 1939.
He was a Doctor of
Theology; he spoke French and English and was a connoisseur of
Italian and German.
Translation by A.N.
Article published in English on: 31-1-2008.
Last update: 31-1-2008.