A General Hierarchical Synaxis of the Holy Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain was held in London on Thursday, October 21, at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Hornsey/Haringey, chaired by Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain.
A large number of clergy participated, despite the difficulties due to the significant increase in COVID-19 cases.
The three Assistant Bishops to the Archdiocese, Maximos of Melitini, Raphael of Ilion and Iakovos of Claudioupolis, also participated in the Synaxis.
With his presence, Metropolitan Athanasios of Koloneia also attended the Synaxis, who served for many years the Holy Archdiocese.
The Synaxis began with a prayer at 9:00 in the morning and ended at 15:30.
In the end, a Trisagion was performed for the rest of the Fr. Andreas Hadjisavvis, who passed away recently.
The three Assistant Bishops spoke about the Clergy Association of the Holy Archdiocese, the catechism and communication, as well as the effort by the Archdiocese and Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira for the establishment of a Holy Monastery in Scotland.
The Protosyncellus of the Holy Archdiocese, Archim. Nikodimos Anagnostopoulos, spoke on practical and administrative issues.
The Director of the Greek Orthodox Academy of St. Cyprian in London, Christoforos Vradis, spoke about the structure and perspective of the Academy.
Archim. Damianos Konstantinou spoke about issues of the priests’ pension fund and Protopresbyter Fr. Joseph Paliouras spoke about the Byzantine Music School of the Archdiocese.
The Director of the Private Office of the Archbishop, Archim. Niphon Tsimalis, analyzed the pastoral and catechism work of the Archdiocese referring to the program “Discover Orthodoxy” in the Catechism Project Committee with the aim of publishing educational material and creating Sunday Schools to all parishes of the Archdiocese, the inter-Christian relations of the Archdiocese, as well as the social work, including the successful initiative “Enlightened Evenings.”
The last to speak was the Archbishop Nikitas of Thyateira and Great Britain, who analyzed in detail pastoral and administrative issues, advising and spiritually guiding the participating priests.