Orthodox Churches

The Patriarch of Romania offers up prayers for children and young people everywhere

On the International Children’s Day, 1 June 2017, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, sends up prayers for the children and young people everywhere, but especially for those in Romania. We quote the personal prayer of the Romanian Patriarch on this occasion: -O, Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Heavenly Father, Who have blessed the children and said: Let the children come to Me and do not hinder them, You Who looked with love at the young man asking You: Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?, You Who raised from the dead the son of the widow of Nain, Jairus’ daughter and Your friend, Lazarus, bless with Your grace and love all the children and young people in the world! Protect all the children baptised in Your name, who make the sign of Your Cross. Guide the youth and illumine by Your holy light the life of young people in our Church. Increase the love of children for their parents and the love of parents for their children. Enhance the diligence of children and young people for education and their respect and gratitude for their educators, teachers and professors.

The Patriarch of Jerusalem awards the dean priest Nikolai Balasof

The Patriarch of Jerusalem awards the dean priest Nikolai Balasof
The Patriarch of Jerusalem awards the dean priest Nikolai Balasof
The Patriarch of Jerusalem awards the dean priest Nikolai Balasof
The Patriarch of Jerusalem awards the dean priest Nikolai Balasof

On Friday, 27th May/ 9th June 2017, His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos received at the Patriarchate Fr. Nikolai Balasof, Dean Priest of the Moscow Patriarchate and associate of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Moscow Cyril.

Met. Hilarion: The Church has never belittled the role of women

Talk of discrimination against women in the Church is unfounded, Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeyev) of the Department for External Church Relations stated on Thursday at a meeting of the diplomatic club of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Interfax-Religion reports. “Sometimes in regards to the Orthodox Church, especially from a liberal Protestant perspective, accusations are voiced that we do not value women highly enough, that we preserve a patriarchal order, in that all of our priests and bishops are men, the patriarch is a man, while in some Protestant confessions this has all changed,” Met. Hilarion noted.

Meanwhile, according to the metropolitan, as in nature so in the Church there exists fatherhood and motherhood, and accordingly there are ministries “which are reserved for men, and those which are reserved only for women, and those which can be done by either.”

The feast of The Samaritan woman Sunday at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The feast of The Samaritan woman Sunday at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The feast of The Samaritan woman Sunday at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The feast of The Samaritan woman Sunday at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem
The feast of The Samaritan woman Sunday at the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Sunday, 1st/14th May 2017, the Samaritan  woman Sunday, according to the book of Pentecostarion, the Jerusalem Patriarchate celebrated the memory of the meeting of the Samaritan woman with the Lord, at the town of Sychar in the Samaria district, at the place of that meeting, Jacob’s well, and her conversation with the Lord, with the revelation that was made to her that He is the Christ, and the water He would give her is the water that brings eternal life, and whoever drinks it will never thirst in the ages to come, according to the vivid narrative of the Evangelist John (John 4:4-42).

The Trisagion prayer for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba)

The Trisagion prayer for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba)
The Trisagion prayer for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba)
The Trisagion prayer for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba)
The Trisagion prayer for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba)

His Beatitude John X the Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch performed the Trisagion prayer for the repose of the soul of Metropolitan Elia (Saliba), at the end of the Divine Liturgy, at Balamand.

Moving moments in Alexandria at the forty day memorial of the Patriarch`s mother

Moving moments in Alexandria at the forty day memorial of the Patriarch`s mother
Moving moments in Alexandria at the forty day memorial of the Patriarch`s mother
Moving moments in Alexandria at the forty day memorial of the Patriarch`s mother
Moving moments in Alexandria at the forty day memorial of the Patriarch`s mother

n an atmosphere of intense emotion and in the presence of hundreds of faithful from Alexandria, Cairo and many other areas in Egypt, the forty day memorial service for the late Cleopatra Horeftaki, Mother of Hs Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, took place on Sunday 14th May 2017 in the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St Savvas the Sanctified in Alexandria, Egypt.