The Ascetic Homilies of St Isaac the Syrian were translated from the original Syriac into Greek at the turn of the 9th century by monks Abramios and Patrikios of St Saba Monastery in Palestine. They were widely read, primarily by monks, and bore crucial influence on all of the spiritual tradition and literature of the Eastern Church. The Ascetic Homilies are preserved in a plethora of manuscripts featuring significant differences. In 1770, Nikephoros Theotokis published an edition of the Ascetic Homilies based on two manuscripts. Theotokis’ edition was reprinted in 1895 by Ioakeim Spetsieris; in 1871, Kallinikos Pantokratorinos produced a vernacular version. To this day our knowledge of St Isaac’s work rests on these editions.
Archeologist found at the outskirts of the village of Maskare near Varvarin an early Byzantine fortification from the sixth century.
Probably the village of Maskare would not be interested for the public if archeologists have not found at the outskirts of this village a early Byzantine fortification from the sixth century. So a village revived owing to the site known as Bedem which is almost not far from more famous medieval town of Stalac
Experts will soon be back on the field. The National Museum in Krusevac announced a systematic archaeological survey of Bedem. Support also came from the Ministry of Culture, the funds of 400,000 dinars will help to further enlighten the history of this unusual fortification.
The Büyükada Greek Orphanage of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate is set to become an international environmental foundation, according to a recent article of the Turkish newspaper todayszaman.com.
A ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in June 2010 stated that the Turkish government should re-register the historic Orthodox orphanage on Büyükada to the İstanbul-based Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. Following the ECtHR ruling, the orphanage will probably be turned into a global environmental center, according to comments made by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I to the Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch in Belgrade, from March 27 until April 8, 2012 the Easter fair will be held. At the press conference held on this occasion in the Serbian Patriarchate, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of Patriarch said that on the occasion of the greatest Christian holiday the Resurrection of the Lord the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac organizes a great cultural and spiritual manifestation for all the citizens of Belgrade.
The archaeological examination by robotic camera of an intact first century tomb in Jerusalem has revealed a set of limestone Jewish ossuaries or “bone boxes” that are engraved with a rare Greek inscription and a unique iconographic image that the scholars involved identify as distinctly Christian. The four-line Greek inscription on one ossuary refers to God “raising up” someone and a carved image found on an adjacent ossuary shows what appears to be a large fish with a human stick figure in its mouth, interpreted by the excavation team to be an image evoking the biblical story of Jonah.