Archbishop of Canterbury to meet Ecumenical Patriarch

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will travel to Istanbul on Monday 13 January 2014 to visit Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

As Archbishop of Constantinople and New Rome, the Ecumenical Patriarch is primus inter pares (first among equals) in the Eastern Orthodox communion.

Christmas celebrations kick off for hundreds in Sacramento

Didn’t send your Christmas cards out yet? Still looking for the perfect gift? No worries if you follow the Julian calendar – you still have about 24 hours. Hundreds of Sacramentans don’t celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25; they celebrate the birth of Christ today and continue celebrating through tomorrow.

Sacramentans who launched their Christmas holiday last night include some Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians, Georgians, Coptic Christians from Egypt, Armenians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches, said the Rev. Dino Pappademos of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Elk Grove.

Celebration of Holy Epiphany in Australian Cities

Epiphany, in Greek “Theophania” or “Fota,” is one of the most important days for the Orthodox world and it is celebrated in January 6.

According to the Orthodox tradition, this day indicates the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. Traditionally, a priest throws a cross in the water and the men of the area jump in to catch it. The first man who catches the holy cross will gain good luck and the blessing of the priest.

Orthodox cross to be erected in the Volga riverbed

This decision was made by the city administration together with the Diocese of Volgograd, reports V1.ru.

This was reported by the mayor of Volgograd Irina Guseva after a prayer service before the myrrh-streaming Icon of the Theotokos "Seven arrows", or "Softening of Evil Hearts", which was performed on January 2 in the Volgograd administration by Dean of the Kazan Cathedral Archpriest Vyacheslav Zhebelev, with the blessing of Metropolitan German of Volgograd and Kamyshin.

Rare book on His Holiness Patriarch Sergius (Stragorodsky) published

The "Petrovsky" publishing house has published a book entitled, His Holiness Patriarch SergiusLife and Activities, written by Metropolitan John (Razumov) of Pskov and Porkhov, reports the Synodal Information Department of the Patriarchate of Moscow.

The book relates the life and activities of Patriarch Sergius, who was the head (locum tenens, and later patriarch) of the Russian Orthodox Church during very difficult years for the country—the 1930s and 1940s.