Press Release for U.S. on New Hierarchical Consecrations in Matthewite Synod

January 22/February 5, 2007

We have received news today from the Holy Synod that Archimandrite Sevastianos Epiphaniou has been elected Bishop of Amathous and Hieromonk Lazaros Athanasoff has been elected bishop of Thimethous, both sees of the Church of Cyprus, which has been widowed (without a bishop) since the repose of the venerable Metropolitan Epiphanios of Kition.

Both consecrations are scheduled for this week.

We pray that the All-Holy Trinity will endow these two new hierarchs with gifts of patience, endurance, discretion and above all with Apostolic love, zeal and purity of Faith to govern the ancient apostolic Church of Cyprus in these difficult times.

Archpriest Anthony B. Gavalas