The body of Archbishop Christodoulos buried
The body of the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church Archbishop Christodoulos was yesterday buried at the First cemetery of Athens, reports RIA "Novosti".The Archbishop was buried with the honors of a head of state. After the funeral service at the Cathedral of the Greek capital funeral procession passed through the main streets of the city. Open the coffin with the body of the Archbishop to the Bishop's vestments, with mitre and Bishop's rod was placed on a gun-carriage, which was accompanied by a guard of honor of the Greek military.For several kilometers the cortege was met by tens of thousands of people who came to say goodbye to the Archbishop. It was not only the Athenians, but also people from many other areas of the country who had come to the funeral on buses. "We have to be here. It was our Christodoulos, the man, the likes of which in the future I don't see," said the old woman, who came to the ceremony."He brought young people into the Church, and it is logical that we came here," said 25-year-old man.People threw the coffin of Archbishop rose petals and applauded. The bells of the surrounding churches. From Lycabettus hill above the centre of Athens battery, army artillery gave 21 volley. A military band played the funeral marches.Throughout the path of the procession was joined by the people, so that it stretched more than a kilometer.At the cemetery Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew celebrated the brief memorial service. After this, the body of the Archbishop of preobrazili by removing the miter and wearing a kamilavka, and taking the Bishop's crosier. In the grave with the Hierarch put the gospel. Many of his close staff of the Archbishop, who stood at the tomb, weeping voice.The coffin was closed with the singing of the Paschal troparion "Christ is risen from the dead, and the body lowered into the grave under the Greek state "Hymn to freedom".Archbishop Christodoulos died last Monday on 70-m to year of life. He was the head of the Greek Orthodox Church a little less than ten years. It is expected that the successor of Archbishop will be elected on 7 February. Source: the Body of Archbishop Christodoulos buried.