The Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou spoke Tuesday evening about universal priesthood during a conference held at the Bucharest Faculty of Orthodox Theology.
‘Since the beginning and the end of all things is Jesus Christ, we always begin by invoking his name and making the sign of the Holy Cross,’ he said.
Archimandrite Zacharias shared with those present his lifetime experience.
He offered a definition for ‘what man is, what is destination is, and how can this destination be achieved.’
‘Man was made by God in a very special way, having a unique heart to be able to know God with his heart, and that the heart become the centre of God’s attraction.’
‘Every person baptized in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is a partaker of Christ’s priesthood, meaning that they are priests for their own salvation, but also they contribute to the salvation of the world,’ Fr Zacharias said October 2 in Bucharest.
At the end of the conference, the Romanian translation of Fr Zacharias’s new book ‘The Eternal Today’ was officially launched.
Fr Zacharias, who is a disciple of Elder Sophrony and a spiritual grandson of Saint Silouan the Athonite, referred to the purpose of Christian life and to our calling to follow God.
Fr Zacharias Zacharou
The Very Rev. Archimandrite Zacharias Zacharou is a monk of over 40 years in the Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist in Essex, England, a disciple of Elder Sophrony, and a spiritual grandson of Saint Silouan the Athonite.
He studied theology in Paris and Thessalonica, and is fluent in Greek, Russian, French and English.
While studying for his PhD, Fr Zacharias wrote his doctoral thesis entitled ‘Christ, Our Way and Our Life’.
He has since published many books in multiple languages, and has extensively lectured internationally.
Photography courtesy of Raluca Ene / Basilica.ro