The Church of Cyprus welcomes Orthodox from all over the world to pray together

Archbishop Chrysostomos II warmly welcomed members to his residence and highlighted the needs of the Orthodox family to meet, discuss, pray, prepare for the 11th WCC Assembly and try to overcome all obstacles they face at a time when the world is divided, as well as the churches. He recalled the important role of the WCC in bringing the Orthodox family together. He also recognized the important work done by the WCC under the leadership of the acting general secretary, Professor Ioan Sauca.

During the meeting, Sauca expressed his gratitude for the contributions of the Church of Cyprus to the ecumenical movement. Sauca praised the efforts to work towards unity and the very concrete unification of Cyprus. “As our vision at the WCC is to promote a platform for dialogue, your country becomes a beacon of hope in a divided world, as you seek peace, reconciliation and love between communities,” Sauca said. .

“We have experienced in recent days your great hospitality and your strong commitment to the dialogue of life. It is a way of reminding people to build their dreams of a united, peaceful and prosperous Cyprus, even if that dream comes with memories of pain,” he said.

“It is our hope and prayer that the vision of churches and religious communities in Cyprus for peace and unity will come true,” Sauca added.

Honoring a Legacy

The Archbishop offered a lunch in Nicosia for the delegation and in the afternoon organized a visit to the old city of Nicosia, divided by the occupation. The group visited the buffer zone observed by the United Nations.

The diverse Orthodox family also celebrated the feast of Saint Epiphanius, gathering at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint George in Paralimni, Cyprus.

Songs, hymns and words of prayer filled the church as representatives from a total of 20 different Eastern and Eastern Orthodox churches around the world worshiped the saint together.

Metropolitan Dr Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos of the Church of Cyprus welcomed the ecumenical group to the church, speaking about the importance of the annual day for the local Church and the legacy of Saint Epiphanius for the Church of Cyprus.

Saint Epiphanius is today one of the two patron saints of the Church of Cyprus, the Metropolitan explained, noting that the 4th century Bishop and Metropolitan of the Church of Cyprus helped shape the beginnings of this Church member of the COE – whose autocephaly has been recognized. at the Third Ecumenical Council, convened at Ephesus in 431 AD.

Participants in the inter-Orthodox pre-assembly consultation at the 11th Assembly of the World Council of Churches visit the old town of Nicosia on May 12. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
Representatives of the 20 Paschal and Eastern Orthodox member churches of the WCC gathered for the feast of Saint Epiphanius. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
Observing a moment of prayer during the feast of Saint Epiphanius. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Vasilios of Constantia and Ammochostos of the Church of Cyprus leads the service. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC
Dr Irini George of the Coptic Orthodox Church – one of the participants in the Inter-Orthodox Pre-Assembly Consultation venerates Saint Epiphanius. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC


Martha J. Finley