Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece

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The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece is an Old Calendarist Church which severed communion with the Church of Greece in 1935 over the acceptance of the Revised Julian Calendar. The adoption of the new calendar was viewed as an abrogation of the Orthodox Church's historical festal unity and a contradiction of Orthodox self-understanding by establishing common worship with non-Orthodox and furthering the goals of Ecumenism, while sacrificing festal unity among the Orthodox Churches. It is not in communion with any of the mainstream Orthodox churches, though it has enjoyed occasional support from mainstream churches which have retained the Julian Calendar. It also has support from some of the monks of Mount Athos, including the historical brotherhood of the Monastery of Esphigmenou. Its current primate is Archbishop Kallinikos (Sarantopoulos) of Athens and All Greece. The North American eparchy is known as the Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of America.


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Organization

The Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece is made up of the Archdiocese of Athens, twelve Metropoleis in Greece, and three overseas Eparchies: America, Australia, and Europe. The Eparchy of America was granted the status of semi-autonomy in 2002, which included the establishment of an Eparchial Synod along with a local Ecclesiastical Tribunal, and is comprised of two Metropoleis (America and Toronto) and two Dioceses (Boston and Portland), whose ruling hierarchs are suffragans of the Metropolitan of America based in New York City.

Primates (1935-present)

  • Metropolitan Germanos of Demetrias (1935-1943)
  • Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Florina (1943-1955)
  • Archbishop Akakios of Athens (1960-1963)
  • Archbishop Auxentios of Athens (1963-1986)
  • Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Athens (1986-2010)
  • Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens (2010-present)

Current hierarchs

Metropolitans

  • Akakios of Attica and Diavleia
  • Maximos of Thessalonica and Demetrias
  • Athanasios of Larisa and Platamon
  • Justin of Euripos and Euboia
  • Gerontios of Piræus and Salamis
  • Chrysostomos of Attica and Boiotia
  • Moses of Toronto
  • Demetrios of America
  • Chrysostomos of Etna
  • Cyprian of Oropos and Phyle

Bishops

  • Gregory of Christianoupolis
  • Photios of Marathon
  • Sergios of Portland
  • Ambrose of Philippi
  • Ambrose of Methone
  • Michael of Nora
  • Silvano of Luni
  • Klemes (Clement) of Gardikion
  • Theodosios of Bresthena (Vresthena)
  • Christodoulos of Theoupolis (Assistant to the Metropolitan of America)
  • Auxentios of Photike (Assistant to the Metropolitan of Etna)

Retired Hierarchs

  • Metropolitan Paul (Pavlos) (formerly) of America
  • Bishop Chrysostomos of Christianoupolis
  • Bishop Johannes of Makarioupolis
  • Bishop George (formerly) of Alania

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