Orthodox Churches

Belarusian Synod: Full support for the decisions of the Russian Holy Synod

The Holy Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church met yesterday, December 11, in the Minsk Diocesan administration building under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, with the participation of 16 hierarchs of the Belarusian Church, including the Exarchs Emeritus His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret, reports the site of the Belarusian Church.

The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai

The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai
The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai
The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai
The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai

On Saturday, November 25 / December 8, 2018, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine at the Holy Monastery dedicated to her, which lies a stone’s throw away opposite the Patriarchate on the North side, at the heart of the Christian Quarter.

Resolutions of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

On December 7, 2018, a session of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held in the residence of the primate of the UOC on the territory of the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra in which the hierarchs addressed the upcoming so-called “unification council” and the Ukrainian state’s increasing interference in the life of and persecution against the Church. The portions of the Synod’s report regarding Ukraine are presented here:

20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery

20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery
20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery
20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery
20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery

His Grace Bishop Veniamin of Southern Bessarabia on Saturday, Dec. 8, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St Theodora Church of Sihastria Monastery commemorating Archimandrite Cleopas Ilie, one of Romania’s charismatic elders of the past century, on the 20th anniversary of his blessed repose. Elder Cleopas was an abbot of Sihastria Monastery and a well-known spiritual figure of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

First church dedicated to St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva consecrated in Romania

First church dedicated to St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva consecrated in Romania
First church dedicated to St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva consecrated in Romania
First church dedicated to St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva consecrated in Romania
First church dedicated to St Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva consecrated in Romania

On Sunday, Metropolitan Laurențiu of Transylvania performed the consecration service of the first church dedicated to St. Porphyrios in Romania. The church belongs to Bod Colonie Parish in Brașov and the main patronal feast of the church is the Ascension of the Lord. Metropolitan Laurențiu of Transylvania explained the symbolism of the consecration service of a church.