Orthodox Churches

Japanese believers to convey particles of St. Nicholas of Japan relics to Russian churches

Moscow, September 8, Interfax - Delegation of the Sendai Diocese of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church will visit the Primorye Territory on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of St. Nicholas of Japan canonization.

"As expected, a delegation headed by Archbishop Seraphim of Senday will visit Primorye from September 10 to September 15, and bring particles of St. Nicholas relics for churches," the Vladivostok Diocese told Interfax-Religion on Tuesday.

Exhibition The Christian in the country of samurais dedicated to St. Nicholas of Japan will open in Vladivostok on Friday. The exposition prepared by the Metropolia and the Primorye State Museum will tell about St. Nicholas' life and work and establishing of Orthodoxy in Japan.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill leads procession of the cross marking the 700th anniversary since St Peter, First Metropolitan of Moscow, began his service in Moscow

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill leads procession of the cross marking the 700th anniversary since St Peter, First Metropolitan of Moscow, began his service in Moscow
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill leads procession of the cross marking the 700th anniversary since St Peter, First Metropolitan of Moscow, began his service in Moscow
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill leads procession of the cross marking the 700th anniversary since St Peter, First Metropolitan of Moscow, began his service in Moscow
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill leads procession of the cross marking the 700th anniversary since St Peter, First Metropolitan of Moscow, began his service in Moscow

On 6 September 2015, after celebrating the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral of the Dormition in the Moscow Kremlin, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia led a procession of the cross from the Kremlin to the Vysokopetrovsky Stavropegic Monastery, marking the 700th anniversary since St Peter, First Metropolitan of Moscow, began his service in Moscow and the 700th anniversary of the foundation of the Vysokopetrovsky Monastery.

Icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide Brought to St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan

On September 8, at 10:30, on the feast of the birth of the Holy Virgin Mary, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the icon of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide will be placed in the St. Gregory the Illuminator Mother Cathedral of Yerevan for veneration and prayers of our faithful.

The icon of the Holy Martyrs was consecrated on April 23, during the Canonization service of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide.

The icon will reside in the Mother Cathedral for a month.

Source: OCP

Archaeologists Unearth 10th Century Patriarch’s Cathedral In Drastar, in Bulgaria’s Silistra

The ruins of a medieval cathedral of the Bulgarian Patriarchate from the time of the First Bulgarian Empire (632/680 – 1018 AD) have been unearthed during the rescue excavations of the ruins of themedieval city of Drastar, known as Durostorum in the Antiquity, in today’s Danube city of Silistra.

New Delhi to get India’s First Russian Orthodox Church

The Indian capital New Delhi is to get its first Russian Orthodox Church soon.

The construction of India’s first Russian Orthodox Church will begin as soon as planning approval and financing is settled, the country’s IANS news service quoted a senior Russian diplomat as saying.

“A decision will be taken soon to begin construction of the Russian Orthodox Church within our cultural centre.

Petersburg needs three times as many churches as it now has

Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga believes there are not enough Orthodox churches in the 'northern capital.'

"Today there are over 200 churches in St. Petersburg, most of them are located in its historic center, and certainly it is not enough for such a populated city," the metropolitan said in his interview with the Delovoy Peterburg paper.

He reminded that earlier Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia had set a task for hierarchs that there should be at least one church for 10,000 people.

"If we use this index, we will find the 'northern capital' among outsiders. If there are about five millions of residents in the city, there should be three times as many churches in it as we have today," the hierarch said.

Protocol of Cooperation between the Romanian Patriarchate and the Ministry of Health

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel and Minister Nicolae Banicioiu signed on Thursday, 03 September 2015, in the Patriarch Teoctist Hall of the Patriarchal Residence, a Protocol of cooperation between the Romanian Patriarchate and the Ministry of Health, concerning the Programme entitled “Good Health for Villages”.