Easter is celebrated to memorialize the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death three days after he was crucified and tortured on Good Friday. It is a Christian holiday and falls in springtime, marking the end of the Lent season. Easter is one of the most important and holiest holidays in the Christian almanac. Lent season is, in fact, forty-six-days long starting from Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter. The six Sundays falling under this period are not considered a part of Lent. Thus, though fasts are observed in this season, Sundays are excluded from the fast period as they are considered to be a commemoration of Easter Sunday.
IOCC Launches School Assistance Program in Kosovo's Isolated Enclaves
March 18, 2008 - Belgrade, Serbia - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces a new program to provide equipment and repairs to schools located in the most isolated enclaves of Kosovo. This program, worth $30,000, will include repairs and renovations to schools in Gorazdevac (Pec Municipality) and Banje (Srbica Municipality). New equipment, including computers, will be provided for a school in Velika Hoca (Orahovac Municipality), and science lab supplies will be provided for students in Suvo Grlo (Srbica Municipality).
Archbishop Hilarion of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese chairман the sessions of the Synod ROCOR20. March 2008 - 10:12
Archbishop Hilarion of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese will chair the sessions of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) until the new head of ROCOR is elected. "The name of Archbishop Hilarion, the first deputy chairman of the Synod, will be mentioned during church services in all ROCOR churches after the name of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and all Russia," a spokesman for the department said. The Bishops' Council of ROCOR is expected to elect the head of ROCOR after Orthodox Easter, which falls this year on April 27. The previous head of ROCOR, Metropolitan Laurus, died on Sunday.
Sydney, 16 March 2008 - Thousands of Greek Australians gathered around their Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, and in the presence of numerous dignitaries, including the Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Morris Iemma, and other guests and spectators to celebrate the public manifestation of Greek Independence Day (25 March 1821) in front of Sydney's famed Opera House.
In his remarks, His Eminence noted that in celebrating the struggle for the Independence of Greece and the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, "we always try to make clear the importance this double celebration derives from the mere fact that it refers to ideals venerated by all people, regardless of place and time." For as the Archbishop noted, "Liberty, peace and justice have always been the presuppositions for a dignified life on our troubled and restless planet."
Grand Cross of St. Sava to be Awarded to Russian Ambassador Alexander Alexeev on March 18, 2008 at 6 p.m. – Belgrade Patriarchy17. March 2008 - 16:43
With the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle and by decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Excellency Alexander Nikolaevich Alexeev, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade, will be awarded the highest church decoration, the Grand Cross of Saint Sava First Degree, during a solemn audience to be held on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, at six o'clock p.m. at the Court Hall of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.
The highest decoration of the Serbian Orthodox Church will be awarded to Ambassador Alexander Alexeev for his dignified representation of the Russian people in Serbia, for the affection he has shown for the Serbian orthodox people as well as for his persistent engagement aimed at a just solution for the status of Kosovo and Metohija.
All media representatives are invited to attend the event.
Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church
First hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Metropolitan Laurus of Eastern America and New York Diocese deceased on Sunday at the age of 80. Metropolitan Laurus passed away on the Feast of Orthodoxy. He was born Vassily Mikhailovich Skurla on January 1, 1928, in the village of Ladomirova, present day Slovakia. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1950, and became a hieromonk in 1954. Fr. Laurus graduated from the Holy Trinity Theological Seminary in 1954 and was appointed its inspector in 1960. He was elevated to archimandrite on April 17, 1966. Archimandrite Laurus was consecrated bishop of Manhattan on August 12, 1967, and appointed archbishop of Syracuse and Holy Trinity on October 20, 1981. The same year Laurus was elected First hierarch and Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York.
Metropolitan Laurus was actively involved in restoring canonical unity of the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia and abroad broken after the civil war. Metropolitan Laurus will be buried at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, where the ROCOR administrative center is situated and where previous ROCOR first hierarchs were buried.