Gregory of Nyssa and Damaskinos Papandreou – to take part in the Council
Author: Natallia Vasilevich
Bishop Gregory of Nyssa (Tatsis) was included in delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church. His Eminence Gregory if responsible for Carpatho-Russian parishes under Ecumenial Patriarchate in US. His name and title coincide with name and title of the greatest Cappadocian fathers of the Church St. Gregory of Nyssa, younger brother of St. Basil the Great. St. Bishop Gregory lived in the fourth century and participated in the Second Ecumenical Council (381). The seat of his modern namesake is located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, US.
And delegation of the Patriarchate of Alexandria there is Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria Damaskinos (Papandreou), who is a full homonym of one of the main mover of precinciliar process in the XX century – Metropolitan of Adrianoupolis, who was chief of the Swiss Metropolis of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and a director of the Orthodox centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambesy, where many pre-conciliar conferences took place and now Secretariat of the Holy and Great Synod is situated.
Is it coincidence? No sure! The Holy and Great Council is called to success the Ecumenical Councils, and to crown century long pre-conciliar process.