Over 100 Church leaders from Bulgaria, together with overseas representatives from as far afield as America and Australia, gathered in Sofia earlier this month to elect the new Bulgarian Patriarch.
Over 100 Church leaders from Bulgaria, together with overseas representatives from as far afield as America and Australia, gathered in Sofia earlier this month to elect the new Bulgarian Patriarch. After a secret ballot, former Metropolitan Maxim of Lovetch was elected. This coverage from Bulgarian Television includes film of the voting on July 4 and the subsequent enthroning of the new Patriarch in an impressive ceremony in Sofia.
SYNOPSIS: The Palace of Synods in Sofia was the gathering point for one-hundred Chruch leaders from Bulgaria and from as far afield as america and Australia earlier this month. They came to elect a new Bulgarian patriarch -- spiritual leader of six-million members of the Orthodox Church in the country. They chose Metro-politan Maxim from the diocese of Lovetch.
After the secret ballot, the new Patriarch was accompanied by his electors as he walked in procession to his cathedral, the Alexander Nevski Memorial Church, for the enthronement ceremony. Patriarch Maxim was born in 1914 and subsequently graduated from the Sofia Theological Academy. he is a member of the World Peace Council, and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Bulgarian Committee for the Defence of Peace. The coronation ceremony was watched by the Patriarchs of the All-Russian, Georgian and Rumanian Churches.