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The Bishop Who Consecrated Bishop Matthew of 
Bresthena Was An “Old Calendarist Ecumenist” 
Metropolitan  Germanus  of  Demetrias,  who  consecrated  Bishop 
Matthew of Bresthena in 1935, did not have the Gkoutzidis‐style ecclesiology. 
On the contrary, Metropolitan Germanus of Demetrias believed that all of the 
Patriarchates  and  Autocephalous  Churches  that  continued  to  retain  the 
Patristic  Calendar  were  still  canonical  and  Orthodox,  even  if  they  had  not 
severed  communion  with  the  New  Calendarists.  Accordingly  to  this  quite 
moderate  ecclesiology,  Metropolitan  Germanus  of  Demetrias  published  a 
Pastoral Encyclical in 1935, in which he writes that the very PURPOSE of the 
Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece was to CO‐OPERATE 
with  the  Patriarchates  and  Autocephalous  Churches  that  kept  the  Old 
Calendar! In the said Encyclical we read:  
“…Remaining faithful to the tradition of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, the 
ordinances  of  which  our  Church  respects  and  unwaveringly  retains,  we  shall 
collaborate  [Greek:  synergazometha]  with  the  Orthodox  Churches  of  Jerusalem, 
Antioch, Mt. Sinai, Mt. Athos, Russia, Poland, Serbia and the remaining Orthodox 
Churches  that  keep  the  Patristic  Old  Festal  Calendar,  not  acquiescing  to  remain 
under  the  curses  and  anathemas  of  the  Holy  Fathers  and  the  Orthodox  Patriarchs, 
who in Ecumenical and Regional Councils, appointed what is befitting…” 
The original text in Greek reads:  
«...Ἐμμένοντες  πιστοὶ  εἰς  τὰς  παραδόσεις  τῶν  ἑπτὰ  Οἰκουμενικῶν 
Συνόδων, τῶν ὁποῖων τὰς διατάξεις σέβεται καὶ διακρατεῖ ἀπαρασαλεύτως 
ἡ  ἡμετέρα  Ἐκκλησία  [τῶν  Γ.Ο.Χ.  Ἑλλάδος],  θὰ  ΣΥΝΕΡΓΑΖΟΜΕΘΑ  μετὰ 
τῶν  ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ  Ἐκκλησιῶν  Ἱεροσολύμων,  Ἀντιοχείας,  Ὄρους  Σινᾶ,  Ἁγ. 
Ὅρους, Ρωσσίας, Πολωνίας, Σερβίας καὶ λοιπῶν ΟΡΘΟΔΟΞΩΝ Ἐκκλησιῶν, 
αἴτηνες  κρατοῦσι  τὸ  πάτριον  παλαιὸν  ἑορτολόγιον,  μὴ  στέργοντες  νὰ 
διατελῶμεν  ὑπὸ  τὰς  ἀρὰς  καὶ  τὰ  ἀναθέματα  τῶν  Ἁγίων  Πατέρων  καὶ  τῶν 
Ὀρθοδόξων  Πατριαρχῶν,  οἴτινες  ἐν  Οἰκουμενικαῖς  καὶ  Τοπικαῖς  Συνόδοις 
ὡρισαν τὰ συμφέροντα...» 
Since  Metropolitan  Germanus  of  Demetrias  believed  that  the 
Patriarchates of Jerusalem, Antioch, Russia, Serbia, etc, were valid Orthodox 
Churches, and that the role of the G.O.C. was to collaborate with them, does 
this not make him an “Old Calendarist Ecumenist” according to the extremist 
Gkoutzidian ecclesiology? If so, then that would make Germanus a graceless 
heretic  even  at  this  time  that  he  was  consecrating  Bishop  Matthew.  So  then, 
with which grace did he perform the consecration? 

Behold the original document in Greek, as it was found in the archive 
of Bp. Kirykos Kontogiannis, and criminally hidden for all of these years: 

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