“There are three possible locations where the Holy Synod will be held, and most likely it will be in the crypt of the Temple of St. Sava,” says the Metropolitan of Bosnia and guardian of the patriarchal throne of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Hrizostom.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at whose meeting a new patriarch will be elected, will be held on February 18 and will last until the decision about the new patriarch has been made.
The meeting of the Holy Synod will be probably held in the crypt of the Temple of St. Sava, however, the final decision on where it will be held will be made on February 10.
“We discussed the possible locations considering that the epidemiological conditions are different than usual,” Metropolitan Hrizostom explains, adding that three locations are considered – two in the patriarchate, where the Synod meeting has always been held so far, or in the crypt, which would be the first time.
The Metropolitan believes that the new patriarch will be elected on the same day and, as he explains, the election comes three months after the death of Patriarch Irinej, as stipulated in the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The appointment could be postponed only if the overall epidemiological situation worsens which would prevent from archbishops attending the meeting.
The procedure is such that the archbishops first choose three candidates from among themselves, then the names chosen are placed in the gospel, and one of the three envelopes with the name is chosen by a monk who is considered by others as a great man of faith and whose name will be revealed on February 10.
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