Orthodox Churches

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill greets His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem with his Name Day

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greetings to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem on the commemoration day of his heavenly patron, Holy Martyr Theophilus of Sebaste. The text of the message is given below: -Your Beatitude, Beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant, On the commemoration day of the Holy Martyr Theophilus of Sebaste, I cordially greet you with your Name Day and prayerfully wish you bodily and spiritual strength, peace and abundant mercies from the All-Generous Maker.

Five bells of the National Cathedral to be cast in Austria next month

21 April 2017 will be a day of major significance for the Romanian Orthodox Church. Five of the bells of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral will be cast at the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria. According to engineer Corneliu Revencu, representative of Grassmayr Bellfoundry in Romania, the five bells of the National Cathedral will weigh as follows: 3,400 kg, 1,800 kg, 1,000 kg, 750 kg, and 500 kg. The first of the six bells of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral was cast on 11 November 2016 weighing 25 tonnes. Measuring 3.3 meters high and 3.3 meters wide, the bell moulded on November 11 is the largest of the six bells of the National Cathedral in Bucharest. The bells created by the Grassmayr Bell Foundry have a 15-year warranty and a lifetime of over 400 years.

Elder Iliy (Nozdrin), confessor to Patriarch Kirill, awarded Church order

Confessor to Patriarch Kirill and Optina Pustyn Monastery Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin), who turned 85 on March 8, was awarded the Church order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, first degree. The primate bestowed the award upon the priest on Friday after the Presanctified Liturgy in Moscow’s Danilov Monastery “in recognition of many years of pastoral labors and in connection with his eighty-fifth birthday.” “I thank you for your prayers and your labors,” the patriarch said to his spiritual father.

“Moldova has no future without the Orthodox faith”—President Igor Dodon

At a March 16 meeting near Moscow, newly-elected Moldovan president Igor Dodon spoke with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the great importance of the Orthodox faith for the future of his country. The primate welcomed the president to his residence in Peredelkino just outside of Moscow, congratulating him on his election in November 2016, reports the site of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Icon of St. Luke the Physician to be sent to International Space Station

On March 11 in the Church of St. Romanos the Melodist, in the tomb of the Romanov boyars, the vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and deputy abbot of Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery Bishop Sava of Voskresensk blessed an icon of Holy Hierarch and Confessor Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) the Physician of Simferopol which is to be sent to the International Space Station. The icon has since been sent to the Russian Federal Space Agency by the Institute of Biomedical Problems, and is scheduled to be sent to the space station from April till July 2017, reports the monastery’s website.

Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Diplomats from Bosnia and Herzegovina at The Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Monday morning, 28th February/13th March 2017, the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Mladen Ivanić visited the Patriarchate, being in Israel for a visit. The President was escorted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Igor Crnadak, the Ambassador Mrs. Jelena Rajaković and Bishop of Slavonia Jovan Culibrk.

Patriarch Kirill prays for victims of revolution on anniversary of Tsar’s abdication

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill served the Liturgy of the Presanctified Liturgy today to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the abdication of St. Tsar Nicholas II from the Russian throne. The primate celebrated in the Kazan Church in Moscow’s Kolomenskoe Park, where the miraculous “Enthroned” or “Reigning” Icon of the Mother of God was found on the same day as the Tsar’s abdication.