GOARCH - August 27, 1998

Archbishop Spyridon to Attend Biennial Assembly
of Orthodox Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America , will join some 100 ruling hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne from around the world at the Ecumenical Patriarchate from August 28 to September 2, 1998, for the Fourth Biennial Assembly (Synaxis), convened upon the invitation and under the presidency of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

The Synaxis will open with an address by His All Holiness followed by a response on behalf of the hierarchy and discussion of the main theme of the Assembly : "The Full Awareness of Being Orthodox".

On Tuesday, September 1, following the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George, His All Holiness, followed by all the hierarchs, in impessive and centuries old tradition,will sign the Act of the New Indiction marking the beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year.

In addition, the day also has been set aside by the Ecumenical Patriarchate as one of prayers for the preservation and protection of the natural environment which is observed by all sister Orthodox Churches in the world.

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