Orthodox Churches

Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

The members of the 4th Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney on Monday 28th April, 2014, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. 

Present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Ecumenical Patriarchate); His Eminence Archbishop Paul (Antiochian Church); His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Russian Church - Australia & New Zealand); His Grace Bishop Irinej (Serbian Church); His Grace Bishop Mihail (Romanian Church); His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Ecumenical Patriarchate - New Zealand); His Grace Bishop Ezekiel (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Seraphim (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Nikandros (Assistant Bishop) and His Grace Bishop Iakovos (Assistant Bishop).

The Bishops continued the work of the Third Assembly, held in Sydney in October, 2012, attentively listened to the pastoral and other issues confronting our respective Churches  and heard several Reports of the relevant Committees:

Monument to Saint Vladimir vandalized in Kiev

 Unidentified vandals have attacked a bas-relief monument to St. Vladimir, the Baptizer of Rus’ and pride of Kievans. The monument was built less than a year ago on the banks of the Dnieper River, where the Slavs of Kievan Rus’ were baptized in 988, marking the beginning of Christian civilization in the Russian lands. 

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia meets with Patriarch-Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II

On 29 April 2014, at the Patriarchal residence in Chisty side-street, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, Karekin II, who is on his working visit to Moscow.

The head of the Armenian Apostolic Church greeted His Holiness Patriarch Kirill with the Holy Pascha and thanked him for his attention to the Armenian community in Moscow.

Primate of Russian Church celebrates Paschal Great Vespers at Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow

On 20 April 2014, on the feast day of the Resurrection of Christ, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Paschal Great Vespers at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.

Concelebrating with His Holiness were hierarchs and clergymen of the Russian Orthodox Church and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches.

Pascha is celebrated in China

Pascha is celebrated in China
Pascha is celebrated in China
Pascha is celebrated in China
Pascha is celebrated in China

On Paschal night, the Revd. Dimitry Fedorin, dean of the first church district of Vladivostok and a cleric of the Cathedral of the Intercession took part in the procession with the cross held by the Chinese Orthodox community in Harbin, People’s Republic of China. He greeted the faithful children of the Chinese Orthodox Church with the Feast of feasts and Triumph of triumphs and assured the worshippers in the prayers of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, who celebrated Divine liturgy in the church during his visit to China in 2013.