January 13, 2015

Elder Paisios is Officially Canonized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate

It was announced this morning that the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate has officially numbered Elder Paisios the Athonite among the saints of the Church.

Below is the official press release of the Ecumenical Patriarchate concerning the canonization of Elder Paisios:

Announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Under the presidency of His All Holiness, the Holy and Sacred Synod convened in its regulated session today, Tuesday, 13 January 2015, for the examination of various issues that were in order for the day.

During this, the Holy and Sacred Synod a) unanimously accepted the proposition of the Canonical Committee to record in the List of Saints of the Orthodox Church the monk Paisios the Athonite and b) at the proposal of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, by canonical vote has unanimously chosen the All Revered Archimandrite Irenaeos Avramides to serve in Paris as an Auxiliary Bishop under His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, under the title of the erstwhile brilliant Diocese of Reggio.

From the Patriarchate, on the 13th of January 2015

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.

See also: The Sacred Services and Hymns for Saint Paisios the Athonite