At the direction of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, traveled from Constantinople to Jerusalem in order meet with His Beatitude, Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
As reported earlier, Father Alexander had accompanied Metropolitan Tikhon to Constantinople, where they participated in the annual pilgrimage of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to Cappadocia.
During their meeting at the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem in the Old City of Jerusalem, Father Alexander conveyed the greetings of Metropolitan Tikhon to Patriarch Theophilos III. He also expressed the gratitude of Metropolitan Tikhon to Patriarch Theophilos III for receiving so many pilgrims from the Orthodox Church of America over the years. Patriarch Theophilos III and Father Alexander also discussed the status of relations between the Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Orthodox Church in America, and the state of affairs in world Orthodoxy.
At the end of their meeting, Father Alexander presented gifts from Metropolitan Tikhon to Patriarch Theophilos III.