1833* by Patriarch Constantine I from Sion (1830-1834)
1856 by Patriarch Cyril VII from Amasia (1855-1860)
1865 by Patriarch Sofronios III from Amasia (1863-1866)
1879 by Patriarch Joachim III from Thessaloniki for the first time, during his first patriarchal tenure (1878-1884)
1890 by Patriarch Dionysios V from Hariton (1887-1891)
1903 by Patriarch Joachim III from Thessaloniki for the second time, during his second patriarchal tenure (1901-1912)
1912 by Patriarch Joachim III from Thessaloniki for the third time, during his second patriarchal tenure (1901-1912)
1928 by Patriarch Vasilios III from Nicaea (1925-1929)
1939 by Patriarch Benjamin from Heraclea (1936-1946)
1951 by Patriarch Athenagoras from the United States of America (1948-1972) for the first time
1960 by Patriarch Athenagoras (1948-1972) for the second time.
1973 by Patriarch Dimitrios from Imvros and Tenedos (1972-1991) for the first time.
1983 by Patriarch Dimitrios from Imvros and Tenedos (1972-1991) for the second time.
1992 by Patriarch Bartholomew from Chalcedon (1991- ) for the first time.
2002 by Patriarch Bartholomew (1991- ) for the second time.
2012 by Patriarch Bartholomew (1991- ) for the third time.
It is worthy to note that in these latter years of the history of the Ecumenical Patriarchate there is recorded the instance of the late Patriarch Joachim III who sanctified the Holy Myrrh thrice (1879, 1903, and 1912). Emmanuel Gideon dedicated his treatise, On the Holy Spirit, useful knowledge for the faithful, Constantinople 1912, "for just cause" to the Ecumenical Patriarch and Archbishop of Constantinople Joachim III from Thessaloniki, “…for alone among the Patriarchs in these latter years, to have been made worthy to sanctify the Holy Myrrh, the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit."
Our present Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was made worthy to sanctify the Holy Myrrh three times (1992, 2002, and 2012).
* The year 1833 chronicles a beginning date. From this date forward the dates for the sanctification of the Holy Myrrh in the Ecumenical Patriarchate are known and can be attested with absolute certainty.
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