Lenten Homily 2017 of His Eminence Archbishop John of Charioupolis, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarch, to the clergy, monks, nuns and the faithful of the Exarchate of the Orthodox parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe
Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, beloved in Christ,
The enthronement of Archbishop John of Charioupolis, Patriarchal Exarch of the Orthodox Parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe, took place on Thursday 26 May at 5 p.m. at the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Paris.
Archbishop John will presided over the Divine Liturgy on May 27 at 10a.m. in the Cathedral.
At the own proposal of His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Throne, elevated Bishop John of Charioupolis to the rank of Archbishop, honoris causa, and appointed him as Patriarchal Exarch of the Orthodox Parishes of Russian tradition in Western Europe, in accordance with the decision of the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Exarchate which met on the 28th March of this year.
On March 28, 2016, His Excellency, John, Bishop of Charioupolis has been nominated by the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Parishes in Western Europe, as their candidate at the election of the archbishop by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Throne.
BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP OF CONSTANTINOPLE, NEW-ROME, AND ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH,
TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH, _GRACE AND PEACE
FROM OUR SAVIOR CHRIST,
TOGETHER WITH OUR PRAYER, BLESSING AND FORGIVENESS
Beloved and blessed brethren and children in the Lord,
This year again, the beginning of the Great Fast is overshadowed by the dark clouds piling up over the head of humanity. Wars with all the accompanying human tragedies which they cause, pollution of nature, upheaval in the Middle East where we cannot yet understand either causes and outcome or the suffering of poor nations faced with the increasing gulf between North and South. The common man, for such we are, confronted with such an apocalyptic scenario, feels as weak as the grass of the fields.
To the Reverent fathers, deans, clergy, priests and deacons, monks and nuns, the Council of the Archdiocese, the church institutions, the St Sergius Institute, to members of the laity with responsibilities, the faithful and friends of the Exarchate of Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Beloved reverend fathers, brothers and sisters,
On 13 February 2015, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the proposal of His Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew unanimously elected the very reverend Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne, Jean (Renneteau) as bishop of Charioupolis as auxiliary bishop to the Patriarch.
Your Eminence Archbishop Job of Telmessos, well beloved brother in the Holy Spirit and concelebrant with my humble self, Exarch of the Orthodox parishes of the Russian tradition in Western Europe under the most holy Ecumenical Throne, most pious priests and deacons, honourable dignitaries and blessed Christians of this patriarchal Exarchate, may the grace and peace of God be with you, along with my prayers and blessing.