Press Release

While final arrangements have not been made for the religious services for the Liturgy and Funeral of the late Archbishop Gregorios, the Archdiocese wishes to inform the faithful of the following:

At the request of the family, the Liturgy and Funeral Service for His Eminence will take place at the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Wood Green. In order to both honour the Archbishop and to allow for the many faithful who wish to express their sympathies and offer their prayers, the body of His Eminence will lie in state at the Cathedral of the Divine Wisdom (Agia Sophia) the afternoon and evening prior to the funeral.

The Ecumenical Patriarch has been informed of the passing into eternity of Archbishop Gregorios and His All Holiness read the proper prayers for the repose of the soul of His Eminence at the Patriarchate. Countless Orthodox hierarchs and other clergy, religious leaders in the United Kingdom, and many local community members have contacted the Archdiocese to express their sympathies and condolences.

His Eminence Archbishop Nikitas and community leaders have chosen to honour the late Archbishop by establishing a special fund at the Archdiocese. With some of the funds gathered, young men will be educated for the priesthood and serve the Church and greater community. Archbishop Nikitas also stated that one of the young men will be given the name “Gregorios” at his ordination, in honour of the late shepherd and hierarch. A portion of the funds will also be used to address the other needs of the Archdiocese, including the necessary repairs and other ministries that have been embraced. Any and all contributions in memory of Archbishop Gregorios should be sent to the Archdiocese, 5 Craven Hill, London W2 3EN.