Orthodox Churches

Fire threatens Life-Giving Spring convent and St. Nicholas retreat center in Dunlap, California

The Rough Fire located in central California has consumed over 103,000 acres. Residents in many communities along its path have been evacuated, included staff at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center and the adjacent Monastery of the Theotokos the Life Giving Spring. The fire is approximately four miles away from the Ranch and Monastery facilities, located in Dunlap, California, and the air quality is extremely poor and is a health hazard for residents.

Russian Gov't Proposed to Bury Alleged Remains of Sts. Alexis and Maria Romanov

The Russian government recently offered to bury the alleged remains of Sts. Alexei and Maria Romanov, the Crown Prince and Grand Duchess of the last royal family of Russia. The remains are currently housed at the Russian State Archives, but could be buried on October 18 in Catherine’s aisle of the Peter and Paul Cathedral at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. Members of the Romanov family have been invited to the ceremony.

In July 1991 a grave with nine bodies was found near Ekaterinburg, with the remains being identified as the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II and the Tsaritsa Alexandra, along with their children, the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, and Anastasia, and their servants Evgeny Botkin, Anna Demidova, Alexey Trupp, and Ivan Kharitonov. Two more remains were discovered in a grave seventy kilometers south on July 26, 2007 which many analysts believe to be the remains of Sts. Alexei and Maria.

During the Visit to Kursk of the Main Holy Icon of the Russian Church Abroad, a Memorial Will Be Unveiled Honoring Patriarch Alexy II and Metropolitan Laurus

A sculpture depicting the late Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church and the late First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia holding the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign" will be unveiled in the monastery of the Nativity of the Most-Holy Mother of God, “Kursk Hermitage,” as reported by Kurskaya Pravda. The new monument expressed the main idea of the historic event which brought to an end the tragic period of division within the Russian Church in the 20 th century, the signing of the Act of Canonical Communion, which took place in Moscow on May 17, 2007.

His Holiness Irinej Patriarch of Serbia Visits the Diocesan Cathedral

His Holiness Irinej Patriarch of Serbia Visits the Diocesan Cathedral
His Holiness Irinej Patriarch of Serbia Visits the Diocesan Cathedral
His Holiness Irinej Patriarch of Serbia Visits the Diocesan Cathedral
His Holiness Irinej Patriarch of Serbia Visits the Diocesan Cathedral

On September 8, 2015, the Feast of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God, a very special event took place in the life of our diocese.

His Holiness Irinej Patriarch of Serbia visited our Diocesan Cathedral of the Mother of God dedicated to Her Icon “Joy of All Who Sorrow” in the company of many Serbian Orthodox bishops, clergy, seminarians from the theological seminary in Prezren and others.

Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell

Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell
Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell
Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell
Church, Rising at Trade Center Site, Will Glow Where Darkness Fell

 What is most amazing about the World Trade Center, 14 years after the terrorist attack, is that it is steadily growing less amazing.

With the removal last year of fences around the National September 11 Memorial, the opening this summer of Greenwich Street to foot traffic and the arrival of office tenants at Tower 1 and Tower 4, the site feels as if it is being knitted back into the fabric of Lower Manhattan. To mix metaphors, it is coursing again with lifeblood.

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.