Bringing to life the words of the Psalmist, “ Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133: 1), the canonical Orthodox bishops of the western United States – Metropolitan Gerasimos, Archbishop Joseph, Archbishop Benjamin, and our Bishop Maxim – are admired for their concerted efforts to gather their clergy and faithful together in worship and fellowship. The latest occurrence of this was here at the Cathedral on Saturday and Sunday, March 8 and 9, 2014, for the first Sunday of Great Lent, which commemorates the return of icons to the Church in the year 843 after the heresy of iconoclasm was overcome.
Talks on cooperation between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Neapolis University take place in Cyprus19. March 2014 - 11:48
Representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Student Exchange Commission visited Cyprus on 15-17 March 2014 with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and at the invitation of the Neapolis University in Pafos and Metropolitan Isaiah of Tamasos and Orinis.
On 14 March 2014, Friday of the second week of Lent, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Vespers and the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. That day marked the 38th anniversary of his episcopal consecration.
On Saturday, March 15, according to Byzantine traditions, the solemn enthronement of the new Abbot of the Mt. Athos Grigoriou Monastery Archimandrite Chrystophoros took place, reports AgionOros with the reference to Romfea.gr.
Abbots and brethren of many Athonite monasteries as well as numerous pilgrims from Greece, Cyprus, Russia, and other Orthodox countries were present at the ceremony. The Greek government was represented by secretary general of the Council of Ministers Panagiotis Baltakos.
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the request of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) program and with the blessing of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, eleven American college students traveled from New York to Istanbul for a pilgrimage organized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The students received matching grants from the Kulis Foundation for the trip and were led by Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, Director of Ionian Village, and Ms. Donna Elias, OCF North American Programs Manager.
Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana, a vicar of His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia, accompanied a Serbian team to the 14thFAI World Para-Ski Championship held in Kuzbass on 11-16 March 2014. He was invited by the Para-Ski Federation of the Kemerovo region and Metropolitan Aristarkh of Kemerovo and Prokopievsk with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. At the opening ceremony, Bishop Jovan made a parachute jump.