The Holy Metropolis of France announced with deep regret that our beloved brother Father Nicholaos Xenos, Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and General Archieratic Commissioner of the Metropolis of France, fell asleep in the Lord.
Late Father Nicholaos Xenos was born in Zakynthos where he completed his general studies. In 1973, he was admitted to the Rizareios Ecclesiastical School. In 1975, he settled in Paris where he studied literature at the Sorbonne, where he received the License and Maîtrise Lettres Modernes degrees. In 1980, he served as Principal Educational Adviser (Conseiller Principal d ‘Éducation) at secondary school level in France.
In 1990, he was ordained a Deacon and Archdeacon by the then Metropolitan of France, Jeremiah, in 1996, he was ordained a Presbyter, and in 1998 he was ordained a Protopresbyter. In 2016, he was promoted to a Protopresbyter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He was the Head of the Church of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple for many years in the Sartrouville district in Paris.
Metropolitan Emmanuel of France and the clergy of the Holy Metropolis pray for the rest of the soul of Late Father Nicholaos Xenos. They read out a passage of the Pauline epistle: “We do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14)