Thе Feast of Prophet Elijah in Ma’alule of Nazareth

Thе Feast of Prophet Elijah in Ma’alule of Nazareth
Thе Feast of Prophet Elijah in Ma’alule of Nazareth
Thе Feast of Prophet Elijah in Ma’alule of Nazareth
Thе Feast of Prophet Elijah in Ma’alule of Nazareth

On Saturday, July 21/ August 3, 2019, the commemoration of the Holy Prophet Elijah the Thesbite was celebrated at his Holy Church in Ma’alule town, suburb of Nazareth.

This Church belonged to the Arab-speaking community of the Patriarchate, who deserted it along with the whole Ma’alule town when the State of Israel was established in 1948.

Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios

Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios
Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios
Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios
Festal celebrations for the 27th anniversary since the enthronement of Archbishop Anastasios

With the participation of six Archpriests, many priests and a crowd of people, the 27th anniversary of the enthronement of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Albania was celebrated on Friday, August 2, at the Resurrection of Christ Orthodox Cathedral of Tirana. 

This event is a starting point for the rebuilding, rebirth and reestablishment of the Church in the neighboring country.

Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus

Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus
Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus
Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus
Katerini welcomed the Relics of St. Dionysius of Olympus

According to an old custom, a fragment of the remains of Saint Dionysius, Patron Saint and Curator of all Pieria, was transferred for the 15th of August from the homonymous monastery of Olympus to Katerini. 

Specifically, on Thursday, August 1, in the central park of the city, the reception of the Holy Relics was held in the presence of the Clergy and the People, led by Metropolitan Bartholomew of Smyrna. Then a liturgical procession was formed to the Church of Virgin Mary Pantanassa. There the relic was placed next to the icon of Panagia Odigitria.

The feast of Prophet Elijah at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Friday July 20/ August 2, 2019, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of Prophet Elijah the Thesbite in his historic Holy Monastery, which is located between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, near the ancient Monastery of Theotokos’ Seat.

On this feast the Church projects Prophet Elijah as a person full of strong and extreme zeal for the name of God, for which reason God graced him with the Divine power so that he was able to work many miracles and perform signs, as recorded in the books of Kings in the Old Testament and in St. James Epistle in the New Testament.

Ecumenical Patriarch: We must display strong spiritual resistance against hatred and violence

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expresses his revulsion and deep shock at the murderous US shootings at El Paso, Texas, which killed 20 and injured twenty six fellow citizens, but also at the bloody attack in Dayton, Ohio, which killed and injured many of our fellow citizens.  Patriarch Bartholomew said he strongly condemns all acts of hatred, be it racial, religious or social, but also any form of violence and fundamentalism, wherever they may come from.