O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Three Holy Hierarchs

Not The Three Holy Hierarchs, but three holy heirarchs nonetheless. Although, Patriarch Svyatoslav and his group did venerate the relics of the Three Holy Hierarchs (St. John Chrysostom, St. Basil the Great, and St. Gregory the Theologian), which are kept in Constantinople.

His Beatitude, Svyatoslav, Patriarch of Kiev and All Rus, together with Vladika Boris, Eparch of St. Vladimir the Great of Paris, visited His All-Holiness, Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, with pilgrimages to the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George (where the relics of the Three Holy Hierarchs are kept) and to the Church of the Theotokos of Blachernae, where the Robe of the Theotokos is kept (to which I have particular devotion). What made that visit particularly important is that today is Akathist Saturday on the Julian Calendar (Pascha being so late this year), so His Beatitude was able to serve the Akathist of the Theotokos at her famous shrine in Blachernae.

(L-R:) H.B. Svyatoslav, H.A-H. Bartholomew, V. Boris

His Beatitude with two of the Three Holy Hierarchs

h/t to St. Elias Parish