Orthodox Churches

Polish Church processes in honor of wonder-working Bielsk Icon of Mother of God

The Polish Church festively celebrated the miraculous Bielsk Icon of the Mother of God on Saturday and Sunday in Bielsk Podlaski in northeastern Poland, with the participation of several hierarchs, including the primate His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa.

The feast began in the city’s oldest church—of the Nativity of the Mother of God—on the eve of the feast, with the All-Night Vigil celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Gregory of Bielsk and His Grace Bishop Barsanuphy of Siemiatycze and clergy of the Bielsk Deanery, reports the press service of the Polish Orthodox Church.

Pochaev Lavra begins 800th-anniversary of Holy Spirit Skete with consecration of new church

Celebrations of the 800th anniversary of the authoritative Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra’s Holy Spirit Skete began on Sunday and will last through June 17.

His Eminence Metropolitan Sergei of Ternopil and Kremenets kicked off the celebration by celebrating the great rite of consecration of the skete’s Iveron Church and the Divine Liturgy, reports the Lavra’s website.

A summer camp organized by the Romanian Metropolis for young people

For the first time, the Romanian Orthodox Metropolis of Western and Southern Europe is organizing a summer camp for children in France! This camp is for children from 8 to 15 years old. It will be held from August 12-19, 2019 in an exceptionally beautiful place located in the mountains of Vercors (La Servagère).

The theme of this first camp is “Life in Heaven – Nature and Liturgy”. The children will have the opportunity to learn about the Divine Liturgy and fellowship in a new way, in total immersion in nature, with activities helping them enter the mystery of the face-to-face between the creature and the Creator.

The second day of the Serbian Church delegation in the Patriarchate of Antioch

The second day of the Serbian Church delegation in the Patriarchate of Antioch
The second day of the Serbian Church delegation in the Patriarchate of Antioch
The second day of the Serbian Church delegation in the Patriarchate of Antioch
The second day of the Serbian Church delegation in the Patriarchate of Antioch

On the second day of the stay in the God-protected city of Damascus, 2 June 2019, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, along with His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch and All the East celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of the Precious Cross in Damascus, not far from the headquarters of the Patriarchate of Antioch.
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photo gallery 1, photo gallery 2, photo gallery 3, photo gallery 4, photo gallery 5, video 1, video 2 of the Information Center of the Patriarchate of Antioch.)

The Serbian and Antiochian Patriarchs were concelebrated by eighteen hierarchs, twenty four priests and five deacons. Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by several hundreds of people at the square facing the church of the Holy Cross. At the very end of the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy Patriarch John of Antioch and All the East delivered a speech. His Holiness Irinej thanked whole-heartedly for the welcoming words and addressed His Beatitude Patriarch John and the congregation.

Two thousand visitors to the Sumela Monastery within four days

The Sumela Monastery received two thousand visitors within four days, which opened to the public after four years of restoration work.

Trabzon Provincial Culture and Tourism Director Ali Ayvazoğlu, according to OPEN TV correspondent Maria Zacharaki, said that “2,063 people visited the monastery from Saturday, May 25 to Tuesday May 28. This is a very good number. This means that on average about 600 thousand people will visit the monastery this year. I think we can achieve this number,” he said.