For the first time in 100 years, there will be full liturgical bell-ringing for the Nativity at the Russian dependency in Hebron.
Hieromonk Alexy (Eliseev), the sacristan of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, has consecrated a new set of bells for the bell-tower of the Church of the Holy Forefathers in Hebron. This important event was a good completion to the church’s difficult centennial history, writes Pravoslavie.ru.
On 31st December, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, received in his Private Patriarchal Office, as is usual, His Eminence Gabriel Metropolitan of Leontopolis, Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria together with the rest of the clergy of the Patriarchate and of the Holy Archdiocese of Alexandria, who sang carols and gave their festive wishes. He then heard carols and received wishes for the new year of salvation, 2014, from the African students of the “Agios Athansios” Patriarchal Academy of Alexandria; he also received the staff of the Patriarchate. To all of them His Beatitude gave gifts and blessings.
His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa was in Cairo for the holy days of Christmas, to conduct the festal spiritual and Liturgical events as is Patriarchal custom.
On the eve of the Great Feast, following the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude received at the Patriarchal Vicariate the Scouts of Cairo, who, headed by their District Commissioner Mr. Alekos Kazamias, sang traditional carols. Remembering the time when he too was a scout in Crete, His Beatitude congratulated the Scouts on their work, in which they celebrate their hundredth year this year, and gave them icons, commemorative gifts and a significant amount in aid towards their efforts.
On the Sunday which preceded the Nativity of Christ, the 23rd of December/5thof January 2014, a Memorial for Hagiotaphite Fathers was performed in the All-holy Church of the Resurrection.
On December 26, 2013, the 15th annual festival of the Albanian Orthodox Youth “Sons of Light”, under the care of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, was held in the amphitheater of the new “Resurrection of Christ” Cathedral in Tirana.
One would say that the Greek Orthodox Church is rather conservative and doesn’t keep pace with technology, but it appears that things are starting to change.
The Archdiocese of Athens, trying to reduce bureaucracy, has created a communication network. The Greek Orthodox Church is entering the digital age by enabling the request of various church documents, like baptism certificates, online.