Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe
|Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe|
|Current bishop||Metr. John (Yazigi)|
|Territory||Western and Central Europe|
|Liturgical language(s)||Arabic, French, English, German|
|Musical tradition||Byzantine Chant|
The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe, headquartered in Paris, France, is a diocese of the Church of Antioch in Western and Central Europe. Its bishop is His Eminence John, Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe, elected June 17, 2008. He was enthroned on September 21, 2008, in St Stephen's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Paris, by His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch.
The first bishop of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Western Europe came in 1982. He was His Grace Gabriel (Saliby), titular bishop of Palmyra and Vicar Bishop of the Patriarch. Under his leadership, the Vicariate grew in Austria, Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland. In its Autumn meeting of 2000, the Holy Synod of Antioch elevated the Vicariate to the status of Archdiocese and Sayedna Gabriel to Metropolitan.
Following the death of Sayedna Gabriel in October 2007, the archdiocese remained widowed until the following year. In the June 2008 Holy Synod, meeting at Balamand Monastery, Lebannon, it was resolved "Elected Metropolitan of Western Europe on June 17th is His Eminence JOHN (Yazigi), 53, former Titular Bishop of al-Hosn."
Reverse chronological order
- His Eminence Metropolitan Gabriel (Saliby), Autumn 2000 until his death on October 21 2007 (Served since 1982 as Vicar Bishop in Western and Central Europe before creation of Archdiocese)