A memorial service was held in memory of the late Elder Metropolitan of Nicomedia (PHOTOS)

A year has passed since the death of the respected elder Metropolitan Joachim of Nicomedia, of Chalcedon and Melitene, marking the end of his twenty-year battle with illness.

On the morning of Saturday, April 20, 2024, a memorial service took place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral of Chalcedon, where he was enthroned in 1992 as the 99th Shepherd of the Metropolis of Chalcedon. Elder Metropolitan Emmanuel of Chalcedon performed the service, accompanied by Bishops Kassianos of Arabissos and Benjamin of Trallee, along with clergy and deacons. The solemn occasion was attended by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, a close friend of the late hierarch, who offered prayers at the holy altar.

Also present were the Metropolitans Irineos of Myriophytos and Peristasis, Andrew of Forty Churches and Dorotheos of Drama, together with Bishop Paisios of Xanthoupolis and clergy of the holy metropolis of Chalcedon. Archons Offikialoi, relatives of the late Metropolitan, teachers and numerous worshipers from the city and beyond paid their respects.

After the Divine Liturgy, a memorial prayer was said for the repose of the soul of the late Shepherd, and Kolyva was blessed. Then the Ecumenical Patriarch, accompanied by the local Metropolitan, performed a Trisagion service at the tomb of the late Hierarch and his successor on the throne of Chalcedon.

Later, the Sacred Metropolis of Chalcedon hosted a memorial meal in honor of Metropolitan Joachim, expressing gratitude to those in attendance. In addition, an elegant compilation of texts on Elder Joachim of Nicomedia, edited by Archimandrite Evgenios Karatzas, Protosyncellus of the Sacred Metropolis, was distributed to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.

Translated by: Konstantinos Menyktas