Patriarchal Message for the New Ecclesiastical Year and the Day for the Protection of the Natural Environment1. September 2015 - 8:38
August- September 2015
Prot. No. 851
By God’s Mercy
Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church Grace, Peace and Mercy
From the Creator, Sustainer and Governor of All Creation
Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ
“All of creation is renewed by the Holy Spirit, returning to its original state.” (Anavathmoi, First Tone)
“Blessed are you, Lord, who alone daily renew the work of your hands.” (Basil the Great)
On August 26, 2015, before dawn at around 4 o’clock in the morning, in order not to confront the residents of Dhermi in Himara, the Orthodox church of St. Athanasius was secretly and insidiously destroyed by construction inspection forces which were brought from other areas of the country.
It was dejecting and offensive to see the Holy Gospel, the Icons and the sacred objects buried under the rubble. This act reminds us of the desecration at St. Mary’s Church in Permet, where the holy objects were thrown into a garbage truck.
On Tuesday, the 12th/25th of August 2015, a Divine Liturgy was held at the Chapel of the Annunciation of the Dormition of Theotokos, within the Galili Viri Monastery, where according to tradition, the Theotokos received the message of her Dormition by the Archangel Gabriel.
Before dawn on the morning of Tuesday the 12th/25th of August 2015, a procession began of the icon of the Dormition of Theotokos, from the Dependency of Gethsemane opposite the Church of the Resurrection, to the Tomb of the Mother of God in Gethseman.
The procession was preceded by a Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Resurrection and the aforementioned Dependency.
On Wednesday, August 19, 2015, the feast of Transfiguration of the Lord, His Grace Bishop George (Schaefer) of Canberra, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), headed the celebrations of the patronal feast of the Holy Transfiguration’s Monastery, situated in Bombala in New South Wales (Southeastern Australia), at the foot of the Snowy Mountains, reports the official website of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The olive and myrtle tree saplings that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and İzmir mayor Aziz Kocaoğlu planted on February 6 at the exterior space of Saint Voukolos Greek Orthodox Church have now become main tourist attractions.
According to Orthodox Christian historians, Saint Voukolos lived during the early Christian times and was the first Christian bishop of Smyrna (present-day İzmir).