Bright and Glorious Resurrection of Christ: Celebration of Holy Pascha in Pakistan

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, Archbishop of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, on April 28, 2019, the ROCOR faithful in Pakistan joyfully participated in the Paschal Divine Liturgy. The congregation was given the chance to prepare themselves during the Holy week. The parishioners participated in the services starting from Palm Sunday; it is the most joyous feasts of the year, as we commemorate the Entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem and with full passion and true spirit the Orthodox faithful were taught well by Fr.Joseph Farooq how to follow the holy traditions of the Orthodox Church during the Passion Week. All the main services were well attended, with many parishioners receiving the sacrament of Confession and Holy Communion.

Sumy Diocese of Ukrainian Church raises $40,000 for children with cancer

More than $40,000 (1.07 million Ukrainian hryvnia) was raised this year in the 9th annual “Bright Deeds for the Bright Day” charity event of the Sumy Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The proceeds benefit children with cancer and will be transferred to the Department of Oncology and Nematology of the Sumy Regional Children’s Hospital, reports the site of the Sumy Diocese.

20,000-strong Paschal procession in Ekaterinburg

The Orthodox faithful of Ekaterinburg gathered in a cross procession on the feast of holy Pascha, carrying the joy of the risen Lord throughout the city. The prayerful procession, led by His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotursky, His Grace Bishop Methody of Kamensk and Kamyshlov, and His Grace Bishop Evgeny of Nizhny Tagil and Nevyansk, began at Holy Trinity Cathedral and ended at the construction site of the future St. Catherine’s Cathedral, reports the site of the Ekaterinburg Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Bilateral meeting between Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan Sawa of Poland

As part of his three-day visit to Poland, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew met with the Primate of the Polish Orthodox Church in Warsaw on Bright Friday, May 3, 2019.After joining the March of the Living, an event that takes place every year to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, the Ecumenical Patriarch was welcomed at the university chapel of Sts Cyril and Methodius, where a Doxology was officiated.

Archbishop Demetrios of America resigns

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios on Saturday officially tendered his resignation in writing during a meeting in Constantinople with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.The 91-year-old Archbishop’s resignation will be considered by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate at its next session on Thursday, May 9, when it is expected to discuss the matter of succession to the Throne of the Archdiocese of America.