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PRESS RELEASE TO BTA AND THE MASS MEDIA in relation to the upcoming patriarchal election

05 февруари 2013 16:46, Българска Патриаршия

BULGARIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH – BULGARIAN PATRIARCHATE

On 6th November 2012 the historic Bulgarian patriarchal throne was widowed with the peaceful and blessed decease of the ever-memorable first hierarch of our native Holy Church – Patriarch Maxim.

In pursuance of the Holy Canons, in compliance with Art. 42, Para. 2; Art. 43, Para. 1 and Art. 46, Para. 1 of the Statute Charter of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarchate and under the decision of the Holy Synod from their session on 27th November 2012, Protocol № 31 – plenary session, on 24th February 2013 the Primate of our centuries-old holy Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarch and Metropolitan of Sofia, will be elected in accordance with the canons and the Statute Charter at a Patriarchal Elective Ecclesiastical Council.

Between 11:45 and 12:00 the spokesman of the Patriarchal Elective Ecclesiastical Council or an authorized by him representative of the Bulgarian Patriarchate is going to announce to the accredited journalists the fact that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has got a new Bulgarian Patriarch and Metropolitan of Sofia, elected in accordance with the canons and the Statute Charter, is going to announce his name and is going to give notice of the results from the secret voting at the Patriarchal Elective Ecclesiastical Council.

At 12:00 the newly elected Bulgarian Patriarch, accompanied by the diocesan metropolitans and the bishops of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarchate with representatives of the clergy, are going to head to the Patriarchal Cathedral “St. Alexander Nevsky” in a litiya procession.

From 12:10 to 13:20 the Statement Act on the Patriarchal Election is going to be read and liturgical sequence of the ceremonial Patriarchal enthronement is going to be performed, with taking down the ordinary bishop's insignia, laying the patriarchal insignia and a white epanokamelaukion on the newly elected Bulgarian first hierarch and his ascension to the crown-glorious throne of the Bulgarian patriarchs.

13:55 – 14:05 – Common photograph of the newly elected Bulgarian Patriarch, the Primates and the representatives of the other Orthodox Churches, the official representatives of the Bulgarian state, the representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, the members of the Patriarchal Elective Ecclesiastical Council and the guests of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church – Bulgarian Patriarchate.

We invite all national and international media wishing to broadcast the remarkable historic events to submit their applications for accreditation in the Office of the Holy Synod by 20th February 2013, so that they can be properly present at the designated area in front of the Synod Palace for the announcement of the spokesman of the Patriarchal Elective Ecclesiastical Council and in the Patriarchal Cathedral “St. Alexander Nevsky”. The access of the media representatives to the Synod Palace is forbidden on 24th February 2013, as well as their contact with the members of the Patriarchal Elective Ecclesiastical Council before the Patriarchal enthronement.

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N o t e: Each media representative should submit:

1. his / her FULL NAME;

2. the NAME OF MEDIA he / she is affiliated to;

3. the NUMBER of his / her JOURNALIST CARD.

The submission has to be done personally in the Office of the Holy Synod in the office rooms of:

- Arhimandrite Dionisios - Chief of the Liturgical Department of the Holy Synod;

- Mr. Zahari Konkiov – Administrative Secretary of the Holy Synod;

- Dr. Desislava Panayotova – an Expert in the Department of Culture and Education of the Holy Synod; Editor-in-Chief of the Official Website of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church-Bulgarian Patriarchate;

- and by e-mail: skpotdel@bg-patriarshia.bg

Each accredited journalist receives his / her stamped Accreditation Certificate in the Office of the Holy Synod and has to present the Certificate on 24th February 2013 in order to be allowed to enter the Patriarchal Cathedral “St. Alexander Nevsky” as well as the area of the Holy Synod Headquarters.

From the Office of the Holy Synod

 

 

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