The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle comprises Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to The Orthodox Church by having a Patriarchal title, or "offikion," bestowed upon them by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as "Archons of the Great Church of Christ," and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. The Order of St. Andrew's fundamental goal and mission is to promote the religious freedom, well-being and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.
Morning Remarks of Day 3 of International Conference on Religious Freedom.
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Video from Washington, DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom Morning Remarks. #EndPersecutionOfChristians.
- Welcoming Remarks: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
- Invocation: Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President and Founder, Appeal of Conscience Foundation
- Remarks: Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
- Remarks: Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Human Rights Subcommittee & Commissioner, Helsinki Commission, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
- Benediction: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C., December 4-6, 2017. The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will engage scholars, human rights advocates, top government officials, and religious leaders from around the world to confront this Christian crisis.
The OCN is pleased to cover this conference and share it with you LIVE. Click here for the schedule and additional information.
HISTORY OF THE ARCHONS
The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikion or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and their contribution to its advancement and welfare.
To Learn More About the Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, click here.
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