On Saturday, April 27, 2013, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew arrived in his native island of Imvros, where he celebrated Holy Week and Pascha for the first time in fifty years. It is also the first time during his Patriarchal tenure that His All-Holiness has celebrated Holy Week outside of the Phanar. He was accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Athenagoras of Kydonies and Patriarchal Grand Archdeacon Maximos Vgenopoulos. The Ecumenical Patriarch was welcomed at Imvros harbor by Metropolitan Kyrillos of Imvros and Tenedos and stayed until Bright Monday.
photos by Nikos Manginas