Awarding Ceremony picture (Archbishop Malkhaz, first on the left)
My very good friend Georgian Baptist Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili, Primate of the Evangelical Baptist Church in Georgia has been awarded the Order of Christ the Saviour by Patriarch Philaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv, ”for strengthening friendly relations between Christian churches and for his support to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.” In the same ceremony awards were given to three Anglican clerics.
Here is the official announcement:
On 13th April 2011 the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kievan Patriarchate, His Holiness , Patriarch Philaret of All Rus-Ukraine awarded the Orders of Christ the Saviour and St George to ecumenical ecclesiastics.
Among the recipients were:
Bishop Stephen George Platten (Order of Christ the Saviour), Lord Bishop of Wakefield and the member of the House of Lords -”For his Ecumenical ministry”.
Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili (Order of Christ the Saviour), the Primate of the Evangelical Baptist Church of Georgia, ”for strengthening friendly relations between Christian churches and for his support to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.”
Canon Jonathan Goodal (Order of St George), Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary in Ecumenical Affairs, ”for his work with Orthodox Churches.”
Canon Hugh Wybrew (Order of St George), Expert of Orthodox Theology and Liturgy, University of Oxford,
”for promoting understanding Orthodox liturgy in the West.”
Archbishop Malkhaz Songulashvili and Bishop Stephen George Platten were presented with episcopal enculpions by His Holiness Patriarch Philaret. Canon Jonathan Goodal and Canon Hugh Wybrew were also presented with pectoral crosses.
Department of External Church Relations
Ukrainian Orthodox Church,