On 25th April 2015 the Thronal Feast of the Church of Alexandria took place with particular splendor, on the sacred memory of the Saint Apostle and Evangelist Mark. His Beatitude officiated at Orthros and conducted the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St Nicholas in Hamzawi, concelebrating with Their Eminences Theofylaktos of Tripoli, Ieronymos of Mwanza, Dimitrios of Irinopolis, Damaskinos of Johannesburg, Emmauel of Ptolemais, Ignatios of Madagascar, Theodoros of Heliopolis, Niphon of Pilousion, and Their Graces Bishops Innocent of Burundi and Rwanda, Meletios of Naukratis, Chrysostomos of Berenice and Neophytos of Nitria. The homily was preached by His Eminence Anthinmos of Alexandroupolis who was in the sanctuary, who, among other things, spoke of the significant role the Second ThroneSe Patriarchate played through the centuries, as well as the importance and the work of the Evangelization of the Nations which it undertakes in contemporary times. In conclusion he expressed the joy and amazement at the magnificent Inauguration on the previous day of the Patriarchal Monastery of St George.
Within the framework of the all-Russian national celebrations marking the 1000th anniversary of repose of Holy Prince Vladimir of Kiev, the Baptizer of Russia, and with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia the reliquary with relics of Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, will be brought to cities and towns of Russia and Belarus for veneration by the faithful.
Between May 27 and December 1, 2015, residents of 45 cities of Russia (including remote northern regions) and 5 cities of Belarus will be able to venerate the relics. Bringing of the relics is organized on the Russian Orthodox Church’s initiative and with support from the St. Basil the Great Charitable Foundation, reports the Synodal Information Department.
Round table with participation of representatives of traditional religions of Russia and China takes place in Beijing19. May 2015 - 10:02
On 14 May 2015, a round table with participation of representatives of traditional religions of Russia and China was held in Beijing within the context of the 4th meeting of the Russian-Chinese working group for contacts and cooperation in religious sphere under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and Mr. Cheng Zourong, deputy director of the PRC State Administration for Relations Affairs.
For the first time in a thousand years, the largest portion of the sacred relic of Saint Barbara is returning to Orthodox hands, even if it is only for a few days. In a highly symbolic move, the Roman Catholic Church decided to respond positively to the request of Apostoliki Diakonia of the Church of Greece, by giving the entire relic of this great Saint, which resides in Venice, for two weeks.
On Sunday, the 26th of April/9th of May 2015, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman according to the Pentecostarion, the Patriarchate celebrated the memory of the Samaritan Woman, St Photini, who had met the Lord by Jacob’s Well and believed in him as the Messiah and went on to preach His name in Samaria and beyond.
On Thursday, the 24th of April/7 May 2015, a Royal Jordanian Delegation visited the Patriarchate.
The members of the Royal Governmental Delegation were accompanied by Jordan’s Ambassador to Israel, Mr Walid Obeidat, and Jordan’s representative for Islamic and Christian Holy Sites and WAQF President, Mr Azam Hadib.