The choir of the Grodno Orthodox Eparchy got the top prize of the 31st International Festival of Orthodox Church Music in Hajnowka (Poland), BelTA learnt from Consul General of Belarus in Bialystok Alexander Berebenya.
In his words, apart from this award, the male choir of the State Song and Dance Ensemble of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Belarus received a special prize.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on the occasion of church slava , Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Jovan Vladimir in Belgrade's suburb of Medakovic.
On 4 June 2012, the second conference of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS) timed to its 130th anniversary took place at the conference hall of the Russian Camber of Accounts.
On May 29, 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia began his visit to Kazakhstan.
The delegation accompanying the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church includes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the synodal department for church-society relations, and Mr. V. Legoida, head of the synodal information department.
On 28 May 2012, in the course of his visit to the Russian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece and his suite visited Donskoy Monastery, the Convent of the Intercession, and the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Moscow.
H.E. Michael Spinellis, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Greek Republic to the Russian Federation, Counsellor for Cultural Affairs Dimitrios Yalamas, and hieromonk Makariy (Chusov) of the monastery.
His Beatitude Ieronymos and members of his delegation venerated the Don Icon of the Mother of God and the relics of St. Tikhon of Moscow and sang troparion to the saint.