On June 18, A. T. Makariotis, the Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, Theodore II also officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Chapel of St. Joseph the Master, located at the catacombs of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St. George of Old Cairo, present of the Most Reverend Metropolitan of Memphis. Mr. Nifonos and the German Bishop Tamiatheos Mr. Germanou.
Prior to the Dismissal of the Divine Mystagogy, His Beatitude the Patriarch, in an atmosphere of emotion and indescribable joy, ordained and enthroned the new Professor of the Holy Monastery of Agios Georgios Paleos Kairou, Archimandrite Damaskinos Alazrai.
“My dear child, Damaskinos, I wanted to prepare this humble gift for you, today that we will inaugurate Saint Parthenios, today, that after a while we will go down to my spiritual father. that his holy hands passed on to me the grace of the Priesthood 30 years ago. I know, my Damaskinos, that my grandfather, as he ordained me so simply, so humbly, so few people, and yet his face shone, so I wished for his memory, in a spirit of humility, distinction, let me read your wish, so that you can start your new course here in Agios Georgios, in succession of our worthy brother Pelusios Niphonos.”
As Fr. Kosmas wrote
“if you take a blade and scratch the walls of the Patriarchate, you will see the sweat and the blood of the heart of Patriarch Theodoros”, so if you take a knife you will see the struggles and efforts we made then with the Saint Pelousiou, who boasts of the works of his hands, which he always performed with my own wish, but above all through the embassies of Agios Georgios.
So today, my Damaskinos, this is how God wanted it, I read you to be a father and Professor here in St. George, because so humble and in silence and mystery was Joseph the memorial, who today we are in his chapel. How much poverty, how much difficulty he drew with Our Lady and the little Christ. But above all, Your Holiness, the cross of exile. To bring refugees here from Jerusalem here to Egypt, to protect all the poor and refugees.
So, my Damaskinos, as Parthenios managed, humbly and simply, I read this wish to you and returning tonight to Alexandria I know that with our other brother whom I want to express to the pleasure of the Church, Fr. Joachim, you will keep the ramparts and You will continue to wave our Orthodoxy, our Egypt, our Greece, our Cyprus, this blessed monastery and my wish to always be near you. And today, my Damascene, I will bless your mother in whose memory you renovated Agia Aikaterini and may the wish of your patron Metropolitan of Didymoteicho, Orestiada and Soufli Damaskinou, the great benefactor of our Patriarchate, always be near you “.
After the end of the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude performed the Mass of the opening of the Holy Chapel of the Holy Parthenon Bishop Lampsakos.
Finally, the Prelate of Alexandria went on a procession and accompanied by the Bishops and the clergy to the catacombs of the Monastery, where all the Patriarchs of Alexandria rested and performed Trisagion to the Blessed Patriarch Parthenios.
Excited, His Beatitude stressed:
“I lay these flowers on the tomb of the Patriarch who ordained me thirty years ago. In these flowers I leave my gratitude and thanks for what I learned when I followed him for seven whole years either in our Patriarchate or during the endless tours in Africa. Sept. Patriarch, Septé Elder, thank you for everything. Next to me is exactly what Patriarch Nicholas VI is resting. I thank him. I received his wish and left Crete to walk as Patriarchal Exarch in Odysseus, Russia and Russia. Ukraine and with his wish I started my career at the Patriarchate of Alexandria.
And finally, here in the Church, rests my predecessor, the late Patriarch Peter, who, shortly after I became his Patriarchal Commissioner, ascended to the missions of Cameroon and Zimbabwe to succeed him to the Patriarchal throne of the Apostle and Evangelist.
I wish from the bottom of my heart that God rests them and may their bright examples be for all of us Saints, my children, a light. Every shrine of a resting Patriarch here is a link, like this Byzantine chandelier, which illuminated a fixture called the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa. May their souls rest. I thank them. “