The Synodal Choir Honors the Memory of Alexander Gretchaninoff

On Sunday, November 16, 2014, the Synodal Choir of New York performed a concert of liturgical and secular music to honor the memory of Alexander Tikhonovich Gretchaninoff on the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great composer. The first part of the performance, under the direction of Peter Fekula, included nine compositions from all four of Gretchaninoff’s Liturgies, and from his vigils, including his cycle of music for Passion Week. Leading off the second half were three solos by Irina Mozyleva and a duet with Mr Fekula, followed by six folk songs by the full choir. Solos were also sung by Protodeacon Vadim Gan, Olga Ship and Vladimir Shvets.

Pope Francis will visit Ecumenical Patriarchate and meet with His-All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will welcome Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople on November 29 and 30, 2014. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew extended the invitation to the Pope during His Holiness’ inaugural Mass in March 2013.

Pope Francis is scheduled to attend a Doxology at 4:00 p.m. (UTC/GMT + 2 hours) on November 29, on the eve of the Feast of St. Andrew, after which he will meet privately with the Ecumenical Patriarch. The following morning, Nov. 30 at   9:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT + 2 hours) Pope Francis will attend the Divine Liturgy in honor of the Feast day of St. Andrew. Following the Divine Liturgy, the two spiritual leaders will sign a Common Declaration.

New model nursery school in Fhes, Jordan

New model nursery school in Fhes, Jordan
New model nursery school in Fhes, Jordan
New model nursery school in Fhes, Jordan
New model nursery school in Fhes, Jordan

A model Nursery School, belonging to the Orthodox Schools Complex of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, now operates in the Christian town of Fhes near Amman, Jordan.

Prince Charles speaks of ‘soul-destroying tragedy’ facing Christians in Middle East

Prince Charles spoke today of the "soul-destroying tragedy" facing Christians in the Middle East.

Addressing the congregation of the St Yeghiche Armenian Church in South Kensington, London, the Prince of Wales said that the faith was “quite literally, grotesquely and barbarously assaulted”.

Bedford-Strohm named Germany's top Protestant bishop

Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, already bishop for the state of Bavaria, has been named the new chairman of the EKD, a German umbrella organization of Protestant, Lutheran and reformist churches. He replaces Nikolaus Schneider.

Bedford-Strohm took up the top Protestant job in Germany a year earlier than planned, after his predecessor, Nikolaus Schneider, resigned prematurely in order to care for his sick wife.