The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses deep sorrow, concern and sympathy to our Serbian Orthodox brethren for the massive fire that destroyed yesterday evening the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in lower Manhattan.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America responding to the sad news of the catastrophic fire stated: “We stand together with our Serbian Orthodox brothers and sisters, who are saddened by this loss of their beloved cathedral, on the day of our Lord’s Resurrection. We pray to the Risen Christ that the hope of His resurrection sustains them and strengthens them in the face of such adversity.”
His red and gold vestments bathed in candlelight, the first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.
On Bright Monday, May 2, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a letter to His Grace, Serbian Orthodox Bishop Mitrophan, offering prayers and concern in the wake of a four-alarm fire that engulfed Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral near West 25th Street and Broadway in New York City.
According to media reports, the blaze started at 6:50 p.m. on Pascha—May 1. Heavy flames burst through the roof and shot out of the large rose window on the façade of the cathedral, which was designated as a New York City landmark in 1968. Originally known as Trinity Chapel, the Gothic Revival edifice was designed in 1850 by noted architect Richard M. Upjohn. The Serbian Orthodox Church purchased the church from the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1943.
As Orthodox Christians across the world celebrated Easter on May 1, RT got an exclusive chance to film the grand midnight service at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in the first ever 360-video from the biggest church in Russia.
The ceremony, attended by some 5,000 people, was led by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill. Prior to the liturgy he lit candles with the ‘Holy Fire’ delivered from Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended the service.
The Christians celebrate Easter after the Holy Week to commemorating the day they believe that Jesus Christ was resurrected. Catholics and Protestants celebrated Easter in April in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, while Orthodox Christians, who use the Julian calendar, celebrated it on Sunday.
The following is a description of the Holy Light, which descends upon the Holy Sepulchre, as the Lord vouchsafed to show it to me, his wicked and unworthy servant. For in very truth I have seen with my own sinful eves how that Holy Light descends upon the redeeming Tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ. Many pilgrims relate incorrectly the details about the descent of that Holy Light. Some say that the Holy Ghost descends upon the Holy Sepulchre in the form of a dove, others that it is lightning from heaven which kindles the lamps above the Sepulchre of the Lord. This is all untrue, for neither dove nor lightning is to be seen at that moment; but the Divine grace comes down unseen from heaven, and lights the lamps of the Sepulchre of our Lord. I will only describe it in perfect truth as I have seen it.