2004.11.02 Church of Greece: Session of the Standing Holy Synod on 2.11.2004
THE HOLY SYNOD
Press Bulletin of the Holy Synod
Session of the Standing Holy Synod on 2.11.2004
The Standing Holy Synod of the Church of Greece of the 148th Synodal
Period convened today, Tuesday, November 2, 2004, under the Presidency of
His Beatitude Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, in its
first Session for November.
At the beginning of the Session, His Beatitude briefed the S.H.S. on:
1. the enthronement of the new Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria; the
presence of the Church of Greece in it, himself and the Most Rev.
Metropolitans Vassileios of Elasson, Eusebios of Samos, Dorotheos of Syros
and Nektarios of Kerkyra attending; the thanks expressed by the Patriarch
to our Church for Its aid in missionary matters;
2. on his visit to Bulgaria, where he attended the celebration of the
90th anniversary of His Beatitude Maximos, Patriarch of Bulgarias birthday;
3. on the celebration of the centenary from the heroic death of Pavlos
Melas, fighter for Greek Macedonia, which took place in Kastoria. The Most
Rev. Metropolitans Serapheim of Kastoria and Theokletos of Florina
expressed their gratitude for the presence of His Beatitude in this
celebration and said that both local officials and the people recognised
that only the Church could organise these celebrations with such success.
Subsequently, the S.H.S. decided:
1. the formation of Special Committees for the elaboration of the issues
discussed by the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy last month (October 2004),
(a) the pastoral ways of securing and preparing prospective priests wives;
(b) the canonical point of view on the possibility of widowed clergymens
getting married again;
(c) the possibility of ordaining prospective clergymen who, at the same
time, continue the practice of their profession;
(d) on unmarried clergymen in this world;
(e) on the evaluation, from an ecclesiastical point of view, of the
prospective clergymens right to be relieved from compulsory military service;
2. that the appropriate services be relevantly requested to put up
tablets on all the public buildings of Athens, which have been constructed
on fields granted by the Church of Greece free of charge to the State,
where this donation will be acknowledged;
3. the renewal of the existing scholarships to students and the awarding
of new ones for the academic year 2004-2005. On the whole and for the
aforementioned academic year, the Church of Greece: renewed 9 scholarships
to Greek theologians for the purpose of graduate studies abroad and 14
scholarships to young Greek scholars for the purpose of non-theological
studies abroad, and awarded 7 new scholarships for the purpose of
theological studies abroad and 8 scholarships for non-theological studies.
It also renewed 50 scholarships to foreign citizens for the purpose of
theological or other graduate studies in Greece, and awarded another 13 new
scholarships to foreign students;
4. the organisation of a two-day Conference by the Synodal Committee of
Divine Worship and Pastoral Work on the topic of Immigrants in the
multicultural Greek society under formation: a challenge for the Church;
5. the organisation of a Seminar of information of clergymen and lay
Church employees by the Church Financial Inspectorate Service regarding
matters of Church management;
6. the designation of the Most Rev. Metropolitan Vassileios of Elasson as
representative of the Church in the ceremonies to be organised by the
Ecumenical Patriarchate on the occasion of the reception of the Holy Relics
of Saints Gregory the Theologian and John Chrysostom in Constantinople from
November, 29 to December, 1, 2004.
7. to express Its thanks and to congratulate the following Most Rev.
(a) Serapheim of Kastoria and Theokletos of Florina, upon the excellent
organisation of the celebrations of the centenary from the heroic death of
Pavlos Melas, fighter for the Greek Macedonia, in their respective provinces;
(b) Ignatios of Demetrias and Almyro, upon the organisation of an
International Conference on the topic of The Holy Scripture in Orthodox
Tradition, which took place from October 14 to 17 in Volos with great success;
(c) Daniel of Kaesariani, Vyron and Ymittos, who represented the Holy
Synod in this Conference.
Finally, the Standing Holy Synod discussed and made decisions on current
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