Orthodox Churches

Cyprus’ first Russian-style Church to be consecrated March 27

The consecration and grand opening of Cyprus’ first Russian-style Orthodox church, named in honor of St. Andrew the First-Called, will take place on March 27, RIA-Novosti reports. This is the first church on the island built in the Russian style for the spiritual nourishment of the Russian-language faithful of the Metropolis of Tamasos of the Cypriot Orthodox Church, which is why it’s unique. In short, this is a truly great event which will contribute to the strengthening of the friendship between our Churches and people,  reflected Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, the head of the Secretariat for Inter-Orthodox Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Affairs (DECR).

International Orthodox Chaplains’ Association supports chaplains of canonical Ukrainian Church

The statement of the Third International Conference of Orthodox Military Chaplains, held October 17-21, 2016 by the Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish army in Warsaw, was published on March 8 on the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Synodal Department for Relations with the Armed Forces.

The statement expressed approval and support for the decision to introduce military chaplains in Ukraine, reminding that the international Orthodox community recognizes only the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, reports the Information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The self-styled and nationalistic “Kiev Patriarchate” and “Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church” are schismatic, in communion with no one.

The feast of The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Jerusalem

The feast of The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Jerusalem
The feast of The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Jerusalem
The feast of The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Jerusalem
The feast of The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Jerusalem

On Sunday, 20th February/5th March 2017, the Feast of Orthodoxy was celebrated by the Patriarchate. The Feast is about the setting up of the holy icons in the Churches of the Byzantine Empire after the more than a century harsh persecution by the iconoclasts, who had denied the veneration of icons under the influence of other religions.

Communiqué from Ecumenical Patriarchate

According to its established schedule, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, under the chairmanship of His All-Holiness, will be comprised of the following venerable hierarchs for the six-month period of 01.03.2017 – 31.08.2017:

The feast of The Boiled Wheat Miracle in Jerusalem

The feast of The Boiled Wheat Miracle in Jerusalem
The feast of The Boiled Wheat Miracle in Jerusalem
The feast of The Boiled Wheat Miracle in Jerusalem
The feast of The Boiled Wheat Miracle in Jerusalem

On Saturday of the first week of Great Lent, the memory of the miracle of the boiled wheat by St. Theodore Tyron the Great Martyr was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the Holy Monastery dedicated to him, which is on the west side of the Patriarchate towards the New Gate, inside the Wall of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers in Los Angeles

Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers in Los Angeles
Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers in Los Angeles
Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers in Los Angeles
Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers in Los Angeles

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity (Psalm 133: 1).

The Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs on the west coast, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin, Archbishop of San Francisco and the West, Orthodox Chruch in American (OCA); His Grace Bishop Maxim, Bishop of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America; and His Grace Bishop Apostolos, Bishop of Medeia, Auxiliary Bishop of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco, together with clergy and the faithful from all jurisdictions, celebrated the Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper Service on Sunday, March 5th, 2017 at the Holy Virgin Mary OCA Cathedral in Los Angeles, California.