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Diocesan Pilgrimage to Constantinople Day 5

(November 30, 2006 - By Fr. Nectarios Trevino) Today we were present for Divine Liturgy - as always a vibrant and spirit-filled moment, today is was moreso. The emotional outpouring during the liturgy was nearly overwhelming. The climax of the day, if there is one beyond Divine Liturgy, was the blessing given by Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I to the attendees. Then the moment was followed by the joining of hands as evidenced in the photo taken by my son, Joshua.
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict Clasp Hands After Blessing the Assembled Faithful.
More photos of the Patriarchal Liturgy.
His Holiness, Pope Benedict
Another view of the scourging pillar and the relic of the true Cross of Christ.
Subdeacon Maximus is shown touching the scourging pillar and a piece of the true Cross in the Patriarchical Cathedral of St. George the Trophybearer after yesterday's Divine Liturgy
A watchful eye is kept by one of the members of the Turkish Military who was entrusted with guarding the safety of the Patriarchal complex.