Tokyo, September 29, 2023
A new primate was elected yesterday for the Japanese Orthodox Church—an autonomous body within the Moscow Patriarchate.
The previous primate, His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel, reposed on Metropolitan Daniel of Japan reposes in the LordHe served the Lord in clerical orders for 54 years, including 23 as the primate of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
“>August 10 after 23 years at the helm of the Japanese Church. The sole remaining hierarch of the autonomous Church, His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim of Sendai, was then Locum tenens appointed for Japanese Orthodox ChurchAbp. Seraphim is, in fact, the only hierarch of the Japanese Church after Met. Daniel’s repose. He has served as Bishop of Sendai since 2000.”>appointed Locum Tenens of the primatial throne.
And at an Extraordinary Council of the Japanese Church held in Tokyo yesterday, Abp. Seraphim was formally elected as the next Metropolitan of Tokyo and primate, the press service of the Japanese Church reports.
He has served as Bishop of Sendia since 2000.
His Eminence Abp. Seraphim was born on March 23, 1951, in Akita City, Akita Prefecture. He was baptized into holy Orthodoxy in 1987.
From 1987 to 1990, he studied at the Tokyo Orthodox Seminary. He was ordained to the diaconate in October 1989, and to the priesthood in August 1991. He was appointed the inspector of the Tokyo Seminary.
He was tonsured as a monastic on August 20, 1999. He was elevated to the rank of Igumen on September 6, 1999, and to archimandrite on January 9, 2000.
He was consecrated as the Bishop of Sendai on January 15, 2000. On July 8, 2012, he was elevated to the dignity of archbishop. The Council of the Japanese Orthodox Church held July 6-7, 2019, awarded him the title of Vicar of Tokyo.
On August 11, 2023, he was elected Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of the Japanese Orthodox Church.
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