Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria and All Africa officiated in the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, in the St Fumentius Cathedral in Addis Ababa.
Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni, (representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew), Metropolitan Ioannis of Zambia, Metropolitan Narcissus of Accra, Metropolitan Daniel of Axum, and Bishop Theodoros of Babylon co-officiated the Divine Liturgy.
Before the end of the Divine Liturgy, the Patriarch of Alexandria awarded the ecclesiastical title of the “Great Archimandrite of the Throne” to the Protocyncellus of the Metropolis of Axum, Archim. Chrysostomos Barberis, while the President of the Greek Community Dimitrios Sikas received the decoration of the Throne, the Order of the Commander.
Subsequently, the Metropolitan’s enthronement ceremony was carried out with grandeur, according to the order of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
The ceremony was attended by the Ambassador of Greece Nikolaos Patakias, the Chargé d’affaires of the Arab Republic of Egypt George Tawdros, the Ambassador of Spain, Romania, and Serbia.
The enthronement ceremony was also attended by the Nuncio of the Vatican in Ethiopia, the representative of the Cardinal, representatives of the Armenian Church and the priest of the German Church in Addis Ababa.
After the enthronement ceremony, the Patriarch took the floor. Patriarch Theodore II referred to the history of the Holy Metropolis of Axum and its importance for the Alexandrian Throne.
He referred to Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni, expressing his warmest thanks to the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the presence of his representative at the ceremony.
Then Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Dodoni, representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, conveyed the wishes of the Ecumenical Patriarch and offered on his behalf the Archbishop’s Engolpion, since the Metropolitan of Axum is the link of the Ecumenical Throne to the Ethiopian Patriarchate.