Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Europe
|Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe|
|Current bishop||Metropolitan John (Yazigi)|
|Territory||Western and Central Europe|
|Liturgical language(s)||Arabic, French, English, German|
|Musical tradition||Byzantine Chant|
The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western and Central Europe, headquartered in Paris, France, is a diocese of the Church of Antioch in Western and Central Europe. Its Metropolitan is His Eminence John, Metropolitan of Western and Central Europe, elected June 18, 2008. He was enthroned on September 21, 2008, in St Stephen's Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Paris, by His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Patriarch of Antioch.
The first bishop of the Patriarchate of Antioch in Western Europe came in 1982. He was HG Gabriel (Saliby), titular bishop of Palmyra and Vicar Bishop of the Patriarch. Under his leadership, the Vicariate grew in Austria, Britain, France, Germany and Switzerland. In its Autumn meeting of 2000, the Holy Synod of Antioch elevated the Vicariate to the status of Archdiocese and Sayedna Gabriel to Metropolitan.
- Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland
- Antiochian Orthodox Deanery of the United Kingdom and Ireland
- Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch in Germany (German)