Fr. Nathanael Speaks to OCN Regarding the Holy and Great Council

We are about to experience a moment in history that will be talked about for centuries to come. The Bishops of the Holy Orthodox Church will be gathering on Pentecost to convene a Holy and Great Council. It’s been 1200 years since anything of this magnitude has taken place.

We know our listeners have questions regarding the occasion so we’ve invited Fr. Nathanael Symeonides to be with us today. Fr. Nathanael is the Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.

Listen as they answer the following questions: Who is going from America? What is going to be discussed? Why did it take so long to plan? What is the difference between a Holy and Great Council and an Ecumenical Council?

For more information on the Holy and Great Council go to the official website You can also visit the Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office at

Let us know if you have other questions and we will see if we can get them answered.



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