Wednesday, October 19, 2016

A.E.C.A. Reception for Orthodox Clergy, 2016

The Anglican and Eastern Churches Association held its annual reception for Orthodox clergy on Monday 10th October at Faith House Westminster. This was a special occasion, being the last A.E.C.A. event for the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, who is also the Anglican President of the Association, before his retirement in February 2017. The event began with Fr William Taylor (Chairman of the A.E.C.A.) welcoming everyone and speaking about the Bishop of London. Later, the bishop spoke about the A.E.C.A and his role within the Association, thanking all for their important work in promoting relations between the churches. In order to show their appreciation for his Presidency, the Association gave the Bishop of London a gift, an icon of St Seraphim of Sarov, who he respects and venerates greatly, which was given to him by the Orthodox President of the A.E.C.A, H.E. Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain. Bishop Richard gave a great explanation of how the relics of St Seraphim of Sarov were saved from the Museum of Atheism in Russia. At the end of this great event, the Association announced the new Anglican President, who is going to be the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark. The next Reception for Orthodox Clergy will take place in October 2017. More pictures will be published soon on the A.E.C.A.'s site.

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