The ordination to Deacon of Monk Simeon Spyropoulos who has recently been tonsured and joined the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood was held on Thursday night, December 12, 2019, towards Friday, December 13, day of the commemoration of the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-called at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Hierodeacon Simeon is a graduate of the School of Theology of Athens, the Byzantine Choir Leader at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and a teacher at the Patriarchal School of the Holy Zion.
Monk Simeon was ordained by Archbishop Methodios of Tabor, who admonished the ordained with fatherly words regarding the significance of the sacrament of Priesthood and of the degree of the Deacon.
The ordination was performed with the invocation of the Divine Grace through the placing of the Archbishop’s hands.
At that time and with the exclamation “Axios” by the Archbishop, the Hagiotaphite Fathers, the students of the School of Zion, Monks and Nuns along with his family and friends, who honoured the ordained also exclaimed, “Axios, Axios”.
After the Divine Liturgy, the ordained offered a reception to the ordaining Archbishop and all who honoured him at the Office of Geronda Sacristan, Archbishop Isidoros of Hierapolis.
The following morning, the ordained came to the Patriarchate, thanked him and received his blessing.
Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem