Also concelebrating with the Ecumenical Patriarch will be the members of the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.
While preparing for his departure for Istanbul, Metropolitan Tikhon expressed feelings of joy in anticipation of the celebration.
“The path toward Orthodox unity in mission and witness that has been taken in the United States by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA will bear fruit at the forthcoming Great and Holy Synod on the island of Crete in June 2016,” said Metropolitan Tikhon. “The core commitment of the Orthodox Church in America to Orthodox unity is unwavering. For us, the concelebration with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Sunday of Orthodoxy is an expression of this commitment and an affirmation of this vision.”
Metropolitan Tikhon is being accompanied by Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor.