Orthodox Churches

First Generation of the Students Graduated from the School of Byzantine Music in Albania

The Byzantine Music School is now a wonderful reality. It represents not only the resurrection of a millennial tradition, but also a qualitative step in preparing chanters with extensive knowledge of Byzantine music, as well as music in general. Sunday the 16th of November was a historic day, because the first generation of professional chanters graduated.

The feast of the Holy Archangels in Jerusalem

 On Friday, the 8th/21st of November 2014, the Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and all the heavenly powers was celebrated at the Monastery dedicated to them, in the Christian quarter between the Monasteries of St George and St Catherine, at a close distance to the north of the Patriarchate.

Bulgaria: Citywide cross procession marks Family Day in Varna

Residents of the Bulgarian port city of Varna have celebrated Christian Family Day with a procession of the cross, carrying copies of two wonder-working icons: “The Queen of All” (“Pantanassa”) Icon of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos and the Moldovan Icon of Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer from the Bulgarian Athonite Zograf Monastery,1 reports Pravoslavie.bg.

Georgia celebrates its National Holiday—St. George's (Giorgob) Day

 On November 23 the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrated the St. George’s (Giorgob) Day. Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer is venerated as patron-saint of the Georgian people and is particularly loved in Georgia.

Bulgaria marks 90th years since Alexander Nevsky Cathedral inauguration

Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorated Saint Alexander Nevsky on Sunday, as well as the 90th anniversary since the inauguration and sanctification of the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is a symbol of the Bulgarian capital city Sofia and of Bulgaria, on Sunday, November 23.

There was a solemn service at the Cathedral, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.It was serviced by Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria.

Ancient Russian manuscripts go digital

In the mid-2000s, the Russian State Library (RSL) launched the National Electronic Library project with the aim of digitizing books published before 1831.

Many important texts have already been scanned; from the hand-written Archangel Gospel of 1092 – the fourth oldest known East Slavonic manuscript – to the Octoechos, a book of Orthodox Church psalms printed in 1491 in Krakow. It is one of the first books to use Cyrillic script and is worth several million dollars – although, of course, it belongs to the state and will not be sold. “These books only used to be released by special permission – and only then to prominent scholars,” explains Tatyana Garkushova from the library’s scanning department as she flicks between priceless ancient manuscripts on her computer screen. Now they are available to everyone at the RSL Digital Library page.