Diplomats and hierarchs from Orthodox countries attended the Feast of Orthodoxy at the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on Sunday. The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday of Lent by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholics of the Byzantine Rite to commemorate the return of icons to the churches.
The way of celebrating March 8 proves the ideal of Orthodox woman is revived in Russia, a priest believes10. March 2009 - 8:35
Deputy Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin approves of congratulating women on the Women's Day on March 8, but urges not to break the fast for this day. "This year the secular Women's Day coincides with church Feast of Orthodoxy, the first festival day during the Lent. An Orthodox Christian can express his kind attitude to all sisters in Christ, to women in his family, in his staff and so on," the priest has told Interfax-Religion on Friday.
The Clergy Association of Mercer and Lawrence Counties is a combination of two clergy brotherhoods, from New Castle and the Shenango Valley in northwestern Pennsylvania. These two clergy associations come together each year for the Pan-Orthodox celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy on the first Sunday of Great Lent. The St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Hermitage is a part of this pan Orthodox community and the parish priest, Fr. Milovan Katanic, currently serves as the President of the local Clergy Association.
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Official statement by President Shimon Peres in response to Pope Benedict XVI's acceptance of the President's invitation to visit the Holy Land -
(Communicated by the President's Spokesperson)
President Shimon Peres reacted to Pope Benedict XVI's announcement that he has accepted President Peres's invitation to come visit the Holy Land:
The Holy Hierarchal liturgy at the Monastery of Cetinje, has been served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of the priesthood, along with a formal holiday procession which has passed through city streets and the Spiritual academy at the House of Government at the end. In this way, today, the Sunday of Orthodoxy has been formally celebrated.