Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River

Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River
Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River
Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River
Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River

On Sunday January 21st 2018, the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia PA.. Clergy from the Albanian, Antiochian, Georgian, Greek, OCA, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian parishes gathered to celebrate a unified Orthodox witness to the public. President of the Clergy Brotherhood, Fr. Nicholas Dellerman, led the clergy in the celebration. Responses were sung by the Pan-Orthodox Choir, under the direction of Dan Drobish. The celebration concluded with the casting, by the clergy, of three crosses craved from ice into the Schuylkill River, while the Choir sang the Festal Troparion “When Thou, O Lord, was baptized in the Jordan…”.

Russian bishop proposes renaming “communist” islands of northern archipelago

A bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church has proposed to rename the “communist” islands of Severnaya Zemlya for the centenary of the July 1918 martyrdom of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The islands were opened in 1913 by an expedition sent by Tsar Nicholas, Bishop James of Naryan-Mar and Mezen, the head of the patriarchal Russian Arctic Project, which aims to missionize and sanctify the Arctic.

First church in honor of Royal Martyrs built in Moscow

The first church in Moscow named in honor of the holy Royal Martyrs—Tsar Nicholas II and his family—has been built in the Northern District, the press service of Duma Deputy Vladimir Resin, the supervisor of the capital program for the building of churches, reported to RIA-Novosti yesterday.

The church can accommodate 200 parishioners. The chapel on the site of its construction was laid in 2013, the 400th year of the House of Romanov. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova later made a private visit to the construction site.

Georgia looking to introduce history of religion in schools

The government of Georgia is considering introducing courses on the history of religion in the nation’s schools, reports Georgia Online. According to Georgian Minister of Education Mikhail Chkhenkeli, the subject should be taught by student choice: “I believe the history of religion should be taught as an elective in all of our schools, and we are moving in that direction.”

Patriarch Kirill meets with Ambassador of France to Russia

On 23 January 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with H.E. Sylvie Bermann, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to the Russian Federation.

They were joined in the meeting, which took place at the Patriarchal and Synodal residence located in St. Daniel’s stavropegic monastery, by Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov) vice-chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations; Minister-Counsellor of the Embassy of France Paul-Bertrand Barets, and the first secretary of the Embassy Natalie Dupont.