On the morning of 23 April/6 May 2016, feast day of St George the Trophy Bearer and Great Martyr, which coincided with the commemoration of the Life-giving Spring of Theotokos on Friday of Bright Week, a panegyric divine Liturgy was held at St George Church, of the Patriarchate of Romania, in West Jerusalem. The service was led by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, having as concelebrants: Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantinos, Metropolitan Joachim of Zamia, the hegumen, Archimandrite Theophilos, the representative of the Russian Missia in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Leontios, and Hagiotaphite Hieromonks such as Archimandrite Porphyrios, Archdeacon Evlogios and deacon Markos. The choir of Romanian Nuns and Elder Nun Mariam Skorda sang in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador to Israel, Ms Andrea Păstârnac, and a crowd of pious Romanian pilgrims.
On the Saturday of Renewal Week, 7 May 2016, the feast of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher was celebrated brilliantly in his hometown of Agios Petros in Kynouria. He was born there in 1601.
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.