Orthodox Churches

Mount Athos in center of Europe

Mount Athos in center of Europe

The diverse collection Mount Athos of the internationally renowned painter and architect Efthimios Varlamis, brings mystagogy and universal human values of Athonite life to the center of the EU. The exhibition will be presented on March 25, in the central hall of the European Parliament, on the initiative of the Vice-President of the European Parliament, Anni Podimata.

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Vienna

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Vienna
Sunday of Orthodoxy in Vienna
Sunday of Orthodoxy in Vienna
Sunday of Orthodoxy in Vienna

In the Diocese of Austria-Switzerland on Sunday of Orthodoxy the remembrance of the victory of the Holy Church over iconoclasm was celebrated. His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, the Administrator of the Diocese of Austria and Switzerland, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Vienna’s church of the Resurrection of Christ in the presence of concelebrating priests and pious people.

Sunday of Orthodoxy in San Francisco

Sunday of Orthodoxy in San Francisco
Sunday of Orthodoxy in San Francisco
Sunday of Orthodoxy in San Francisco
Sunday of Orthodoxy in San Francisco

For the sixth consecutive year, the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the West Coast gathered to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This year the Hierarchs and faithful celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper services at the Los Altos at the Church of the Redeemer.

Primate of the Russian Church celebrates at Christ the Savior Cathedral on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

Primate of the Russian Church celebrates at Christ the Savior Cathedral on the Sunday of Orthodoxy
Primate of the Russian Church celebrates at Christ the Savior Cathedral on the Sunday of Orthodoxy
Primate of the Russian Church celebrates at Christ the Savior Cathedral on the Sunday of Orthodoxy
Primate of the Russian Church celebrates at Christ the Savior Cathedral on the Sunday of Orthodoxy

On 24 March 2013, the first Sunday in Lent known as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great and the Office of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, press service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia reports.

His All-Holiness congratulates newly-elected Pope Francis

Immediately following the election of Pope Francis on the evening of March 13, His All-Holiness communicated the following congratulatory message to the Vatican:

In the joy and jubilation of Your election as the pastoral leader of Roman Catholic Christians throughout the world, we are communicating with Your Holiness in order to express to You and the devout faithful of Your blessed Church our wholehearted congratulations and sincerest salutations on this special day.

Permit us also, on this historic occasion, to convey our unfeigned wishes and fervent prayers that your papal tenure may prove to be a source of peace in our world of turmoil and division, a refuge and consolation for our Lord’s poor and suffering brothers and sisters, as well as a continuation of our journey toward reconciliation and consolidation of the dialogue for the unity of our Sister Churches.

2013 Catechetical Homily of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the beginning of Great Lent

† B A R T H O L O M E W

By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome
and Ecumenical Patriarch

To the Plenitude of the Church
Grace and Peace be with you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness 

Beloved brothers and sisters, children in the Lord,

The holy fathers, who arranged everything in an orderly manner, instituted a period of ascetic discipline and spiritual purification for forty days prior to the great feast of the Lord’s resurrection. This ascetic rule assumes the form of a limitation on foods through fasting, but especially an abstinence from evil. The saintly hymnographer characteristically emphasizes that a genuine and favorable form of fasting for God is the estrangement from wrongdoing, control of the tongue, alienation from anger, separation from evil desires, including gossip, deceit and swearing, restoration of justice, disengagement from passionate thoughts, fervent confession, cleansing of the conscience, “which there can be nothing more difficult,” refraining from “harmful passions, from envy and hatred, indeed from every wickedness,” shunning of “the mind’s perversion,” admission of transgressions. For “the Judge is close, at the door,” and he tries hearts and minds, since “He is everywhere present and fills all things.” (Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete)