On Sunday, December 18, 2022, and one week before the great feast of Christmas, the Archdiocesan elections will be held after the passing away of the Primate of the Church of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos II.
The members of the Holy Synod attended an extraordinary meeting today and decided that the process should be conducted for the first time using a ballot, on which there will be photographs and the names of the Archpriests and Bishops concerned, to fill the vacant position of the Hierarch of the Church of Cyprus.
The decisions of the Holy Synod were announced by Metropolitan Georgios of Paphos, who stressed that if there are insurmountable difficulties, the Holy Synod will meet again to move the date of the Archdiocesan elections. As he said, the possible difficulties lie in the possibility of objections from the Hierarchs, which should be examined by the Holy Synod.
The Holy Synod also decided to amend the Charter of the Church of Cyprus and to hold the elections for the first time with the use of a ballot, on which will be the names and photos of the bishops concerned.
On the day of the Archdiocesan elections, the 40-day memorial service of Archbishop Chrysostomos is also scheduled but may be moved to Saturday.