The Altar Lot and the Election of the Patriarch of Alexandria

Father Peter Farrington

The election of the final three candidates eligible to be chosen as the Patriarch of Alexandria is fast approaching. In just a few weeks a new Pope will be selected and will be enthroned as the successor of St Mark. One of the most interesting aspects of the selection process is that the final choice of a candidate will be made by a small child choosing one name by an altar lot from the three which were most successful in the election process. This method of selection has generated a great deal of interest around the world, since in Christian communities such as the Roman Catholic, or the Church of England, the selection of a primate does not introduce allow for any such element of providence. At this unique time in the lives of many Coptic Orthodox it is useful to consider the altar lot and its use in the present selection of the new Pope.

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General Bishops in the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Tradition

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At a time of transition in the Coptic Orthodox Church, while the process of electing a new Pope takes place, many people are asking how the rank of General Bishop fits into the Orthodox Tradition of the Church. It must be said that the many General Bishops who have been consecrated over the last 50 years are deserving of all respect and honour for their service in and to the community of the Coptic Orthodox Church. But this does not mean that it is inappropriate to ask whether the increasing numbers of General Bishops in the Church, now comprising almost one third of the Holy Synod, is a development in accordance with the Orthodox Tradition.

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Fr. Athanasius asks, "Is the Altar Lot Infallible?"

Some naive people advocate the view that since there is an altar lot, then what happens in the election that precedes the altar lot does not matter, since God will reveal his will anyway through the altar lot.

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Letter From H. G. Bishop Demetrius To The Holy Synod (Aug 2012)

No man takes this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. (Heb 5:4)
 
My beloved fathers, the wholly revered and totally blessed metropolitans and bishops, members of the holy synod; I beg your indulgence to offer these simple words:

Letter of Heg. Mina the Solitary (Pope Kyrollos VI) to Pope Youssab II

 

All correspondences are in the name of:
Hegoumen Mina Al-Baramousi the Solitary
Abbot of the Monastery

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ” (Gal. 6.2)

Mount Kalmoun on ______________ in the year 195_

“When you hear His Voice, do not harden your hearts”

Your Holiness, the Blessed Metropolitan Anba Youssab, Metropolitan of the See of Girga; Who is not the Patriarch of the Apostolic See of St. Mark. God preserve your life.

 

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