Reader Isaac Lambertsen is visiting relatives and asked me to post the
Bishop Mercury and entourage of clergy did in fact visit the Synod Cathedral
to venerate the epitaphion, but they did so at a time when no clergy were
present and only two or three lay clergy were. They made no statements of
any kind, they just made their veneration and departed. Somebody, perhaps
more hopeful than factual, has embroidered their account of this incident.
We should all stick to the facts.
Yours in our Risen Saviour, Michael on behalf of Reader Isaac