Today on the 27th November 2013 the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople recognised Elder Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) of Kavsokalyvia as a saint of the Orthodox Church as well as St. Meletios of Ypseni.
Announcement by the Holy and Sacred Synod
The Holy and Sacred Synod convened today, Wednesday, November 27, 2013, with His All-Holiness presiding for its regular scheduled meeting, for the purpose of examining items on its agenda.
During this session, the Holy and Sacred Synod approved the following:
a) The proposal of the Canonical Committee to enter the hieromonks Porphyrios Kafsokalyvitis and Meletios of Ypseni (Rhodes) in the registry of the Saints of the Orthodox Church.
b) The voluntary resignation of His Eminence Metropolitan Panteleimon of Belgium from the pastoring of his eparchy and, at the proposal of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the unanimous election of His Grace Athenagoras of Sinope to fill the vacancy in the Metropolis of Belgium.
From the Chief Secretariat of the Holy and Sacred Synod
Several services and hymns have been composed for St. Porphyrios – the background, and excerpts can be found on the MYSTAGOGY weblog