The day of Holy Saturday with the ceremony of the Holy Fire

The day of Holy Saturday with the ceremony of the Holy Fire is in the cycle of feasts of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem as one of the holiest, most emotionally moving and consequently, most participated in by numerous pilgrims. On this day from the early hours of dawn the pilgrims from every direction, eagerly arrive in crowds in front of the gates of the Church of Resurrection, which are closed until 10:30 am (summer time) according to the Status Quo.

National Geographic features baptism at the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The National Geographic Magazine in its special issue on 'Water' featured a baptism at the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The caption of the photo states: "To be baptized is to be born into a new life in Christ, according to the Greek Orthodox Church. Seven-month-old Stellios Theodore Gikas is dipped three times during a ceremony at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul, Turkey." Theodore is the son of Meltem and Paul Gikas. Paul is a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary and serves as an assistant to His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

Construction of hydropower plants on the Moraca undoubtedly endangers Monastery Moracha

”Construction of hydropower plants on the Moraca undoubtedly would endanger the Monastery Moracha which has immense cultural - historical significance," which is the attitude of the most participants in the roundtable on" Hydropower plants and vulnerability of the Monastery Moracha.” The meeting was held on Thursday March 25, 2010, organized by the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, at the hotel "Bambis" in Podgorica, on the occasion of the announcement of a construction of large hydropower plants on the river Moraca.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrated Patron Saint's Day

In the Cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade on the occasion of the Patron Saint's Day of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, on Lazar's Saturday, March 27, 2010 Patriarch of Serbia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and Bishop Longin of Nova Grachanica-Midwestern America, nine protopresbyters-staurophors, two presbyters, three protodeacons and two deacons. Pontifical holiday was enhanced with prayerful chanting of the First Belgrade Singing Society. In an inspired sermon, Bishop Lavrentije of Shabac reminded the all present of this unique holiday. On the Holy Liturgy a great deal of the faithfull partook of the Holy Bread, among whom the majority were children.