Orthodox Churches

Greek Orthodox Church established in Abu Dhabi

The Saint Elias Greek Orthodox Cathedral was inaugurated in Abu Dhabi on Saturday by the Minister of Tolerance, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, and in the presence of Patriarch John X Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, The National reports.

Russian ambassador in Syria visits Russian Orthodox Church representation in Damascus

January 26, 2018, the commemoration day of St. Jacob the Bishop of Nisibis, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the church of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Damascus representation. It was presided over by Hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Great Antioch and All the East.

Praying together of the parishioners of the church were Russian ambassador in Syria A. Kinschak and staff members of the Russian embassy in the country.

The Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River is reopened

The Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River is reopened
The Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River is reopened
The Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River is reopened
The Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Jordan River is reopened

It is announced that the historic Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Bethabara area, east of Jericho, on the west bank of the river Jordan will be reopened as an Orthodox Shrine of the Jerusalem Patriarchate from next Monday January 16/29, 2018.

Metropolitan Hilarion’s book “Catechism. A Short Guide to the Orthodox Faith” is presented at the 26th International Christmas Readings

Metropolitan Hilarion’s book “Catechism. A Short Guide to the Orthodox Faith” is presented at the 26th International Christmas Readings
Metropolitan Hilarion’s book “Catechism. A Short Guide to the Orthodox Faith” is presented at the 26th International Christmas Readings
Metropolitan Hilarion’s book “Catechism. A Short Guide to the Orthodox Faith” is presented at the 26th International Christmas Readings
Metropolitan Hilarion’s book “Catechism. A Short Guide to the Orthodox Faith” is presented at the 26th International Christmas Readings

On 25 January 2018, the most noteworthy educational publications of 2016-17, which underwent expert appraisal and were approved by the Synodal Council of Religious Education and Catechization of the Russian Orthodox Church, were presented at the Church Councils Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in the framework of the 26th International Educational Christmas Readings.

Ukranian nationalists vandalize and set fire at Kiev Monastery

Ukranian nationalists vandalize and set fire at Kiev Monastery
Ukranian nationalists vandalize and set fire at Kiev Monastery
Ukranian nationalists vandalize and set fire at Kiev Monastery
Ukranian nationalists vandalize and set fire at Kiev Monastery

Representatives of the nationalistic terrorist group C-14 attacked the Monastery “of the Tithes” in Kiev yesterday. In two incidents, they vandalized and set fire to monastery property and abused those who tried to stop them.

Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River

Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River
Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River
Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River
Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood of Greater Philadelphia celebrate the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River

On Sunday January 21st 2018, the Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood celebrated the Great Blessing of the Waters of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia PA.. Clergy from the Albanian, Antiochian, Georgian, Greek, OCA, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian parishes gathered to celebrate a unified Orthodox witness to the public. President of the Clergy Brotherhood, Fr. Nicholas Dellerman, led the clergy in the celebration. Responses were sung by the Pan-Orthodox Choir, under the direction of Dan Drobish. The celebration concluded with the casting, by the clergy, of three crosses craved from ice into the Schuylkill River, while the Choir sang the Festal Troparion “When Thou, O Lord, was baptized in the Jordan…”.

Russian bishop proposes renaming “communist” islands of northern archipelago

A bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church has proposed to rename the “communist” islands of Severnaya Zemlya for the centenary of the July 1918 martyrdom of Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The islands were opened in 1913 by an expedition sent by Tsar Nicholas, Bishop James of Naryan-Mar and Mezen, the head of the patriarchal Russian Arctic Project, which aims to missionize and sanctify the Arctic.