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OCMC News - Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana Consecrated by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I

by The Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania/Ortho (Posted 6/3/2014)

OCMC News - Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana Consecrated by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I
OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi, all of OCMC’s missionaries to Albania, and OCMC Board Members Fr. John Parker and Fr. Luke Veronis along with hierarchs from around the world celebrated as the new Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana was consecrated by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I on Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

On Sunday, June 1st, 2014 the new Resurrection of Christ Cathedral in Tirana was consecrated by His All-Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, together with Their Beatitudes, the Patriarchs Theophilos of Jerusalem, Irenej of Serbia, Daniel of Romania, the Archbishops Chrysostom of Cyprus, Ieronymos of Athens, Savas of Warsaw, as well as the Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana. They celebrated together with the representative Metropolitans of the Patriarchates of Alexandria, Antioch, Moscow, Bulgaria and Georgia as well as Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Archbishop Nikon of the Orthodox Church in America.

OCMC Executive Director Fr. Martin Ritsi, all of OCMC’s missionaries to Albania, and OCMC Board Members Fr. John Parker and Fr. Luke Veronis also attended the consecration.

As is well-known, during the long totalitarian persecution of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania (1967-1990) the atheist regime destroyed a great number of holy churches and monasteries or turned them into store-houses, blacksmith foundries, military barracks, and entertainment places. In 1965, they tore down the old Cathedral Church in the central square of Tirana and built a 15 story hotel.

The new complex of the “Resurrection of Christ” Cathedral in the center of Tirana, with its “Nativity of Christ” chapel, bell tower, and Synodical Center, is the symbol of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania’s reconstruction from its foundations in all fields from 1991 until present-day.

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