The elected Metropolitan of France, Archim. Demetrios Ploumis was ordained bishop on Sunday in St. George’s Cathedral in Phanar, Orthodox Times informs.
The divine liturgy was presided over by His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.
Elder Metropolitans Emmanuel of Chalcedon, Meliton of Philadelphia, Barnabas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis, and Joachim of Prousa attended the service.
Prior to the ordination of the elected Metropolitan of France, the Ecumenical Patriarch addressed to him paternal words for building and instructing him on the new mission of ministry entrusted to him by the Mother Church.
“As an Orthodox Hierarch, you have the inviolable obligation to serve the one and most inalienable Truth of Christ. There is only one Truth and that is our Lord Jesus Christ!”
Shortly after, Elected Metropolitan Dimitrios of France addressed a word of gratitude and devotion to the Ecumenical Patriarch.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, the newly ordained Metropolitan, after receiving the Episcopal Mitre and the crosier from the Ecumenical Patriarch, ascended the Throne, performed the dismissal, and accepted the congratulations and wishes of the congregation.
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