Toast by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Chairman of the Holy and Great Council at the Dinner Hosted by His Excellency Nikos Kotzias Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic in His Honor and in the Honor of Their Beatitudes the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches
The gracious initiative of your Excellency to offer this official dinner both in our honor as well as in honor of the brother Primates of the various Holy Orthodox Churches, manifests the high esteem, love and respect that is fostered by the Orthodox Hellenic Republic and you, personally, for our One and United Orthodox Church and the persons comprising Her, who gathered here on the island of Crete to convene this Holy and Great Council.
Response by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Chairman of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to the Honorable Mayor of Heraklion, Crete, Vasilios Lambrinos at the Reception of the Ecumenical Patriarch and Their Beatitudes the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches at the Courtyard of the Holy Cathedral Church of Saint Titus
All of us here today, both our Modesty the Ecumenical Patriarch, and our colleagues, their Beatitudes the Primates of the Most-Holy Orthodox Autocephalous Churches, are overjoyed by the convocation of the Holy and Great Council of our Orthodox Church on the glorious island of Crete.
Response by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Chairman of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to His Eminence Archbishop Irenaios of Crete, President of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Church of Crete, on the Occasion of the Arrival of the Ecumenical Patriarch and Their Beatitudes the Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches and the Doxology at the Holy Cathedral of the Holy Apostle Titus
Truly, all of us, the brother Primates of the Most-Holy Orthodox Churches throughout the world, our Modesty and each member of our delegations, proclaim that “today, the holy and great festival of the Orthodox rejoices,” and reiterate the witness of Patriarch Sophronios of Jerusalem: “today, heaven celebrates with earth, and earth converses with heaven,” because on the island of Crete, which was blessed by the visit of the Apostles, all the Orthodox “celebrate Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit at the time it was promised to fulfill hope.”