Musical compositions by Romanovs to be first performed at Christ the Savior Cathedral

Recently found musical compositions by Romanovs will first be performed at a charitable concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on October 21.

Musical program includes compositions by Alexander II, Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna and Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. Most arrangements is to be performed by the Grand Symphony Orchestra for the first time, the art director of the Globalis Symphony Orchestra Leonid Butinsky has said at an Interfax press conference.

Patriarch Kirill: Russia has a long way to go until today's formally Orthodox laity becomes committed believers

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the Church should help people who formally consider themselves Orthodox to become committed believers.

Patriarch said that people often think of themselves as Orthodox by virtue of their cultural origin. "It often begins that way. A person eventually grows into such identity and becomes closer to the Church. We should be aware that Orthodoxy is the crucial factor of our cultural identity," he said answering students' questions at St. Petersburg Ice Palace on Friday.

Welcome Address during the reception of the Delegation of the Anglican Church – May 2009

Right Reverend Bishop of London,
Right Reverend Bishop of Birmingham,
Honourable Members of the Official Delegation of the Anglican Church,
Beloved Fathers,

CHRIST IS RISEN !

By this greeting of the Resurrection, please allow me to welcome you to the Apostolic Church of Greece and to wish that your stay may be crowned with success and substantial memories for the future.

The Ascension of the Lord means the deification of the human being - Speech of Patriarch Daniel

THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD TO HEAVEN -
THE GLORY OF THE DEIFIED HUMAN BEING*

The joy that we live today is really great! We are glad because the concelebration and discussion with Your Holiness provided us a blessed occasion to live in the unity of the Spirit and bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3). We enjoy, especially today, at the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the crowning of the mystery of the ascension into eternal glory of our human nature, and, through it, of the entire creation, not from the lowest ones of the earth to the earthly ones, but from the earthly ones to the heaven of heaven and to the throne beyond them of the One Who rules over everything", as Saint Gregory Palamas says so nicely.

Your Holiness,
The wonderful mystery of the Ascension to heaven of Jesus Christ, our Lord, has multiple and deep significance. We only want to emphasise three of them.

Visit of a Delegation of the Anglican Church to the Church of Greece

The visit of a Delegation of the Anglican Church to the Church of Greece from May 8-12 has been completed successfully. The Delegation was composed of the Rt. Reverend Richard, Bishop of London, the Rt. Reverend David, Bishop of Birmingham, the Reverend Jonathan Goodall, Ecumenical Officer and Chaplain of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Father Malcolm Bradshaw, the Reverend Canon of the Anglican Church in Athens.