Patriarch of Alexandria visited Albania
At Sunday, November the 1st, the faithful people and the clergy of
The members of the Holy Synod of the
Archbishop Anastasias greeted the visit of Patriarch Theodore in the following way: “Every official visit of a Head of Orthodox Church opens a great window in the nous and in the hearts of the Orthodox believers of the Local Churches, helping them to distinguish clearly the dimensions of the Orthodox Church, in which we participate from one part to another”.
Among the other, the Archbishop has turned attention to the mystic connection between the Church of Africa and the
The Patriarch of Alexandria and the whole Africa, one more time, accented the contribution of Archbishop Anastasias as missionary in
At the end of the Liturgy, the Heads of Churches have exchanged symbolic presents. Archbishop Anastasias gave a Shield and Chalice to the Patriarch, which symbolises the Liturgical Unity of all Heads of Churches while mentioned in the diptych of the Liturgies.
Also, he gave an encolpia in form of an eagle, а Cross for the Holy Table, which has been manufactured by the monk’s brotherhood from the Saint Anthony Monastery.
In the afternoon, Patriarch and the members of the escorting delegation watched the celebration concert, prepared by the Orthodox Youth Organisation “Children of the Light”, and in the occasion of the 80th birthday of Archbishop Anastasias. The audience also watched a documentary movie about the life and deeds of Archbishop Anastasias.
At the end of this manifestation, Patriarch Theodore spoke, and deeply bemused saluted all youngsters, accenting as follows: Your Archbishop, just as Apostle Paul, never wished any gold or silver, but devoting to Christ, and showing indeed his love to Jesus”.
“When we saw the film, we have shed tears about the poor condition in which the
Patriarch Theodore wished to come back in
Speaking to young people, Archbishop Anastasias stated: “I simply cannot find words to express my thankfulness. My heart is flooded with a deep impression, showing the word “Thank You”. From the deepness of my heart, I wish you love, joy, peace and eternal togetherness with Jesus Christ.”
The next day, Patriarch of Alexandria and all Africa, HE Theodore, has met the President of the