Orthodox Churches

Τhe Feast of Pentecost at the Patriarchate of Alexandria

Τhe Feast of Pentecost at the Patriarchate of Alexandria
Τhe Feast of Pentecost at the Patriarchate of Alexandria
Τhe Feast of Pentecost at the Patriarchate of Alexandria
Τhe Feast of Pentecost at the Patriarchate of Alexandria

On the Sunday of Pentecost, 23rdJune 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa,officiated at Orthros, and conducted the Divine Liturgy and the Vespers of Kneeling at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Nicholas in Cairo, together with the new Bishop Leonid of Argentina and South America of the Russian Church, who till recently was Exarch of the Moscow Patriarchate in Cairo), as well as with His Grace Nikodimos Bishop of Nitria Patriarchal Vicar of Cairo and Niphon of Babylonia, Hegumen of the Holy Monastery of St George in Old Cairo.

Ecumenical Patriarch receives First Lady of Serbia

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, His All-Holiness received Mrs. DragicaNikolić, wife of TomislavNikolić, President of Serbia, together with her entourage and representatives from the Consulate General of Serbia in Istanbul.

Sunday of Pentecost at the Phanar

On June 23, 2013, Sunday of Pentecost, His All-Holiness presided over the concelebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George with several Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne. Others in attendance included Archbishop Nektarios of Anthidon, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Mr. AthanasiosAstrakas, Greek Consul in Istanbul, and the senior students of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, accompanied by their Professor Timothy Patitsas. Following the Divine Liturgy, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew presided over the ("Kneeling") Great Vespers for the Feast of the Holy Spirit.

Monday of the Holy Spirit celebrated in Jerusalem

On Juny 24, 2013, the Monday of the Holy Spirit, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of the Trinity in the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Among his concelebrants were hierarchs of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archimandrite Isidore, the head of the Russian Church Outside Russia Mission, Archimandrite Roman, clergy of the mission and the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre. The Gospel was read in Greek, Arabic and Church Slavonic.

A visit of solidarity by the Primates of Alexandria and Cyprus to the Church of Antioch

On 3rd June 2013, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, arrived in Beirut, Lebanon, in order that together with His Beatitude Chrysostomos Archbishop of Cyprus, to pay a fraternal visit of solidarity towards the sorely tried ancient Church of Antioch on the one hand, and on the other to intensify the pressures for liberation of the two abducted Metropolitans.

On 4th June 2013, the two Primates were welcomed at the Holy Patriarchal Balamand Monastery by His Beatitude Patriarch Ioannis I. During the meeting as well as during the media interview which followed, the Patriarch of Alexandria expressed his support for those Christians in Syria who are between the hammer and the anvil and called on them to maintain non-extinguished the flame of their optimism and hope for the resurrection of humanity, despite the severe shocks of inhumane circumstances.

Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia

Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia
Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia
Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia
Patriarch Kirill begins a primatial visit to Estonia

On June 14, 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has arrived in Estonia. At the airport, he was met by Metropolitan Cornelius of Tallinn and All Estonia, Bishop Lazar of Narva and Prichudye, Estonia’s State Secretary Heiki Loot, Russian ambassador to Estonia, Yu, Merzlyakov, and Belarus’s Charges-des-Affaires V. Lazerko. The delegation accompanying the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church includes Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s administrative secretariat, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the synodal department for church-society relations, V. Legoida, head of the synodal information department, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations, Protodeacon Vladimir Nazarkin, assistant to the DECR chairman, and M. Kuksov, head of the Patriarchal personal secretariat.