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It is gladly announced that, at the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the First-Hierarchs of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches will gather on March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world, and especially procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is coming to an end.

Over two days prior to this, on March 4-5, 2014, a Preparatory Committee for the Synaxis will be held at the Ecumenical Patriarchate, chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon, in order to formulate the program of proceedings and draft the Message of the First-Hierarchs, who will concelebrate on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in the venerable Patriarchal Church of St. George, thereby also expressing the unity of Orthodoxy visibly.

During this festive Divine Liturgy on the occasion of great feast of Orthodoxy, the Message of the First-Hierarchs will be read from the Patriarchal Ambon to the faithful of the Most Holy Churches and to the whole world.

At the Ecumenical Patriarchate, on March 3, 2014
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod