Orthodox Churches

Delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church arrives to Crete

Headed by His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church arrived to Crete today, on 16 June 2016, where the session of the Holy and Great Council is to be held during the forthcoming days. His Holiness is accompanied by Their Eminences and Their Graces hierarchs: Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, Bishop Dr. Ignjatije of Branicevo, Bishop Lukijan of  Budim and Bishop Jeronim of Jegar.

Along with the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, hierarchs, professors and students arrived in Chania, as part of the Serbian Church delegation.

At the same time with the delegation of the Serbian Church, official delegations of the Jerusalem, Greek and Albanian Orthodox Churches arrived to Crete as well. Next to the highest Greek state and military honors, accompanied by numerous priests and monks, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Archbishop Jerome of Greece and Archbishop Anastasius of Albania were welcomed at the airport by Archbishop Irenaeus of Crete. On behalf of the Primates, words of gratitude at the formal welcome ceremony were expressed by Archbishop Anastasios of Albania.

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at the session held on Tuesday, June 14th, decided that the official delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church participate in the work of the Holy and Great Council, which will be held from 17 until 26 June, 2016,  on the island of Crete.

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Saint Macarius Glukharev and Saint Macarius Nevsky: Community lecture at Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies sponsors an annual series of Community Lecture Days, with this year's theme being "Contemporary Fathers and Mothers of the Church." Previous lectures this year discussed Elder Sophrony (Sakharov), St. Maria of Paris, Fr. Dumitru Staniloae, and Met. Anthony of Sourozh, with the next lecture concerning St. Macarius Glukharev and St. Macarius Nevsky:

The next IOCS Community Lecture Day will take place this Saturday 18 June 2016 and will be devoted to two important contemporary saints: Saint Macarius Glukharev and Saint Macarius Nevsky. The two lectures will be delivered by Karen Hetherington, one of our Directors and a top specialist on the topic.

11th International Congress of Coptic Studies – 2016

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Venue & Time
Claremont Graduate University, California, USA
July 25-30, 2016.

The 11th Congress of Coptic Studies is scheduled to start on Monday July 25, 2016 and conclude, on Saturday, July 30, 2016 with the IACS members’ Business Meeting.

Fresco Paintings Discovered in Shanghai Church

Nine fresco paintings were recently uncovered at an Orthodox church in Shanghai, marking the first discovery of such paintings in the city.

The paintings were discovered in the course of a restoration project launched in June of 2007, said Shen Sanxin, Chief Engineer of Shanghai Zhuzong Group Construction Development Co. Ltd., thepaper.cn reported.

Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

On the situation caused by the refusal of several Local Orthodox Churches to participate in the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

For many decades the Russian Orthodox Church took and continues to take an active part in the preparation of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. Since the First Pan-Orthodox Conference in 1961 on Rhodes, the outstanding hierarchs and the best theologians of our Church have made their contribution to the work on a great number of the Council’s topics, including those which were not to be included later in the agenda of the Holy and Great Council. For the sake of the earliest convocation of the Council, the Russian Orthodox Church has repeatedly re-affirmed her readiness to accept decisions mutually acceptable for all the participants in the pre-Council process, even if such decisions diverted from the already agreed rules of the Council’s preparation.

Blessing of the Patriarchal Palace

Blessing of the Patriarchal Palace
Blessing of the Patriarchal Palace
Blessing of the Patriarchal Palace
Blessing of the Patriarchal Palace

His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, blessed Monday, June 6, 2016, the Palace of the Patriarchate in Bucharest. Together with His Beatitude also served Their Graces, the Assistant Bishops to the Patriarch, Varlaam of Ploieşti and Ieronim of Sinaia, and the Very Reverend Archimandrites Paisie Teodorescu, patriarchal vicar, and Ciprian Grădinaru, servant at the Chapel of the National Cathedral.