"Eternal Memory" and may God grant him a blessed respose "among the saints." He and the Holy Church of Bulgaria certainly experienced his "Many Years," a 41 year patriarchal tenure. His Beatitude was elected the year I graduated from high school. He is the last of the Orthodox Patriarchs who were elected while his church was under the oversight of a Communist government. There was some controversy about this after the fall of Communism, and some Old Calendar schisms, but His Beatitude endured. At the request of the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Patriarchate, the Ecumenical Patriarch convened an Extraordinary Pan-Orthodox Synod, which supported his patriarchy.