The Primate of the Russian Church Abroad Sends Greetings to Metropolitan Onouphry of Kiev and All Ukraine on the 25th Anniversary of His Hierarchal Service10. December 2015 - 10:35
To Your Beatitude, Metropolitan Onouphry of Kiev and All Ukraine
Your Beatitude, Dear Vladyko! Embracing Your Beatitude with holy love, we joyfully congratulate you on behalf of the episcopacy, clergy and the Fullness of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the twenty-fifth year of your episcopal consecration. Today, surrounded by the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign,” the uncorrupt holy, miracle-working relics of St John of Shanghai and San Francisco and other holy icons and relics of the Russian Church Abroad, we humbly and in genuine earnesty pray for the prosperity of all of God’s Churches, and with a pure heart commemorate the name of Your Beatitude at divine services, lifting up fervent prayers for the flock entrusted to you. From the depths of our souls, we beseech the Chief Pastor, Christ, to extend your life for many years for the good of the Church, “rightly teaching the Word of Truth,” that you continue to show your flock the path to peace, renewal and salvation.
On Saturday, the 22nd of November/5th of December 2015, f. Theodosios Mahouli, Mr Basam, Chairman, and members of the Council of the Greek-Orthodox Arabic-Speaking Community of Kufr Yaseef in Northern Israel, visited the Patriarchate. They were welcomed by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, and spoke with Him for issues and problems facing their Community. The Patriarch offered His advice and promised to provide help, both moral and tangible, towards having their needs met and their problems resolved.
On Friday, the 21st of November/4th of December 2015, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the Presentation of Mary, namely the entrance of Theotokos into the Holy of Holies, where she stayed to be nurtured by angels and prepared for the great Mystery of the incarnation of God the Logos through the Holy Spirit.
On Wednesday the 18th of November/2nd of December 2015, UCLAN University hosted a humanitarian event with the aim of providing financial aid to Syrian refugees. The event was held at the University’s Hall of Events.
On the night of Monday the 17th/30th of November to Tuesday the 18th of November/1st of December, Hagiotaphite Hierodeacon Dionysios, hegoumen at the Monastery of the Apostles in Tiberias, was ordained presbyter at the Holy Sepulcher. The Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias, was the ordaining Primate.