Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church opened in Moscow

The Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church has begun its work on 25 January 2009 at the Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Before the first plenary session, the archpastors who assembled at the Church Councils Hall sang the troparion of Pentecost: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Christ our God, Who hast revealed the fishermen as most wise by sending down upon them the Holy Spirit - through them Thou didst draw the world into Thy net. O Lover of Man, glory to Thee!’

Ministers Jeremic and Sijakovic meets with members of the Holy Synod of the SOC

Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, during a formal session, on January 22, 2009 met and discussed with ministers of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Vuk Jeremic, a Minister of Foreign affairs; and Mr. Bogoljub Sijakovic, a Minister of faith. During the talks they specially concentrated on a question of Kosovo and Metohija and a protection of spiritual and cultural heritage of the Serbian Church and Serbian people on Kosovo and Metohija.

Primary school ‘’ Lazar Savatic’’ of Zemun follows way of St Sava

Lastnight in the primary school ‘' Lazar Savatic'' at the Zemun quay, on behalf ofthe Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His EminenceMetropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral presented an order of StSava of the second class to this educational and pedagogic institution. Thisceremony was attended by archpriest-staurophor Bozo Bakajlic, a secretary ofthe Archbishopric Beograd-Karlovac, many dignitaries of the Church, professorDr Zarko Obradovic, the minister of education, Bogoljub Lazarevic, an assistantto the minister of education, academician Vojislav Korac, Slavko Jerkovic, apresident of the municipality of Zemun, Dushan Tarbuk, a vice-president of themunicipality, Slobodan Draskovic, a president of the County Council of Medvedjaand Mladjan Djordjevic, a councilor of the President of the Republic , BorisTadic.

Bishop Mitrophan visits Carmichaels parish on the Eve of Theophany

His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America came to St.George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on the Eve of Theophany, Sunday, January 5/18, 2009 to celebrate the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, serve the Great Blessing of the Water and to Bless the nearby Monongahela River located within view of the St.George Church.

Awarded the departing Ambassador of Cyprus to Egypt , His excellency Mr. Petros Eftychiou

On 22nd January 2009, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, in the Throne Room of the Patriarchal Mansion , awarded the departing Ambassador of Cyprus to Egypt , His excellency Mr. Petros Eftychiou, the Cross of the Apostle and Evangelsit Mark, with a Star.

Order of St Sava presented to the Greek ambassador Christos Panagopoulos

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and by the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Order of St Sava of the first class has been presented to His Excellency Christos Panagopoulos , the ambassador of Greece, on occasion of the special audience which was held today on January, 15 2009, at the Patriarchate of Serbia in Belgrade.

Candidates for Moscow Patriarchal See to be elected on Jan 25, Patriarch - on Jan 27

Candidates for Moscow Patriarchal See will be elected at the Archbishop Council on January 25, while the Patriarch will be elected on the first day of work of the Local Council, on January 27, a statement posted on the official website of the Councils reads.

The agenda of the Local Council stipulates that the election of the Patriarch will take place at 5.30 p.m. Moscow time: the final part of the first day of the Council after its program, the order of meetings and the election of its working bodies and the procedure of electing a new Patriarch are approved.