Placing Epitaphios at St Marko church

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of Serbian Patriarch, served an evening service at the church of St Marko in Belgrade with the concelebration of the priesthood of this temple. During the service there was a placing of Epitaphios (winding-sheet) which was laid on the Christ's tomb in front of the iconostas.

The church was full of believers who came to worship the sacrifice of Our Lord and to kiss holy wound of the Saviour on the winding-sheet.

Holy Thursday

On the evening of this day, which was the eve of the feast of unleavened bread (that is, the Passover), our Redeemer supped with His twelve disciples in the city. He blessed the bread and the wine, and gave us the Mystery of the Divine Eucharist. He washed the feet of the disciples as an example of humility. He said openly that one of them was about to betray Him, and He pointed out the betrayer by revealing that it was he "that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish." And after Judas had straightway gone forth, Jesus gave the disciples His final and sublime instructions, which are contained in the first Gospel Reading of the Holy Passion (John 13:31-18:1 known as the Gospel of the Testament).

Patriarchal Proclamation Pascha 2009

BARTHOLOMEW

By the Grace of God
Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome
And Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church
Grace, Peace and Mercy
By the Savior Christ Risen in Glory

Dearly beloved brothers and children in the Lord,

Christ is Risen!

In sullenness, one day in the 19th century, humankind heard from the lips of the tragic philosopher: "God is dead! We killed him! All of us are his murderers ... God will remain dead! What else are the churches but tombs and graves of God?" And only a few decades later, we heard from the lips of his younger colleague: "Gentlemen, I declare to you the death of God!"

President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Dimitri Christofias met Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria

TheodorosOn 9th April 2009, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Dimitri Christofias and his wife met Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, at the Patriarchal See.

In a ceremony which took place in the Throne Room His Beatitude awarded the Great Cross of the Curch of the Apostle Mark, with a star, to His Excellency. "We thank Cyprus, which always with humanity and good will aids and supports the missionary efforts of the Patriarchate of Alexandria throughout the African Continent", noted the Venerable Primate.

Russian bishop: Europe is exposed to threat of weak Christianity rather than strong Islam

Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Bishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk urges European countries to be more active in promoting Christian value system instead of talking about islamisation. "Today there's a lot of talking about islamisation of Europe, about demographic conquest of Europe. Big Muslim families shouldn't irritate us, it's natural to have a lot of children. We should better think why Christians prefer to have so few children?" the Bishop said at a Moscow meeting with Italian Ambassador in the Russian Federation Vittorio Claudio Surdo on Tuesday.