His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit Thessaloniki on September 29-30 to attend the commemorative manifestations at the largest military graveyard in Greece marking the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, reports Orthodoxia.info.
His Holiness will be in Thessaloniki following the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis.
The invitation was extended for participation in the festive events organized in the city’s military cemeteries for the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will also participate in these events.
A highlight of the anniversary events will be an outdoor Divine Liturgy.
Events are held at particular cemeteries every year at the end of September with the participation of Met. Barnabas.
The Zeitenlik Allied Military Cemetery of Thessaloniki is the largest military cemetery in the country, with more than 20,000 soldiers of the Allied Powers who fought in the Macedonian Front buried there.
Following the commemorations, the Ecumenical Patriarch will visit the Academy of Crete for the first time after the conclusion of the 2016 Holy and Great Council to mark the Academy’s 50th anniversary on October 2.
While in Crete, Patriarch Bartholomew will consecrate the Church of Saint Nicephorus the Leper in Kissamos.