On Monday, the 18th of June, the beginning of the fast of the holy Apostles/1st July 2013, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, left Jerusalem accompanied by the Patriarchal Commissioner, the Most Reverend Isychios, Metropolitan of Kapitolias, the Elder Sacristan Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina, and the Hegoumen of Fhes, Archimandrite Ieronymos.
On Sunday, July 7, 2013, His All-Holiness presided over the concelebration of the Divine Liturgy for the patronal feast of the Church of St. Kyriaki in Kontoskali, Istanbul, with Metropolitans Germanos of Theodoroupolis and Athenagoras of Kydonies. Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Myra was also in attendance. After the Divine Liturgy, the Ecumenical Patriarch held a Trisaghion service for the blessed memory of Fr. Meletios Sakkoulides, who was the parish priest for many years.
Metropolitan Kiril of Varna and Veliki Preslav of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has been found dead on a Black Sea beach not so far from the Metropolitan's residence in the exurban area of Trakata., the Holy Synod said on July 9 2013 in its statement. At the moment, the body of Metropolitan Kiril is at the Forensic Medicine Department. Information published in the media about his violent death has not been confirmed. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Bulgarian Patriarchate call upon all Orthodox Christians to pray to God to give rest to the soul of Metropolitan Kiril there, where the righteous repose.
On Thursday the 14th/27th June 2013, the feast of Prophet Eliseus was celebrated by the Patriarchate in Jericho, at the Church dedicated to St Eliseus the Prophet. The existence here of this holy church in the name of St Eliseus is explained by the fact that he, hailing from the town of Meouli in the region of the valley of the river Jordan, was active in the city of Jericho, too. One of the many miracles he had performed in divine power and fortification, was the transformation of the waters of a living spring in Jericho from bitter and deadly to sweet, drinkable and wholesome, to this very day.
A truly meaningful event that took place this past weekend at the Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Church in Wellington. Father Alexander Skorik was our wonderful and gracious host. We began the day with Divine Liturgy honouring both the Holy Apostles (New Style) and the Saint Tikhon of Cyprus (Old Style).