On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of entrance of St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles, to Georgia.
St. Nino was born in the small town of Colastri, in the Roman province of Cappadocia. She was the only child of the famous Roman general Zabulon. On her father's side, Nino was related to St. George and on her mother's, to the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Houbnal I. St. Nino had a vision where the Virgin Mary gave her a Grapevine Cross and told her to preach in Iberia, the ancient Georgia.
Sermon of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, delivered at the Holy Liturgy celebrated with His Holiness Bartholomew I,1. June 2009 - 1:02
Sermon of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, delivered at the Holy Liturgy, Sunday, 31 May 2009, in Cappadocia:
THE HOLY FATHERS - DEFENDERS OF
ORTHODOX FAITH AND OF THE CHURCH UNITY
On the first Sunday after the Great Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, the Orthodox Church decided to commemorate the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, in 325. The theological-spiritual meaning of the celebration of the 318 Holy Fathers, who came to the city of Nicaea at the call of Holy Emperor Constantine is that the teaching of faith on Christ, the Lord, and on the Holy Trinity is established on the basis of the Holy Scriptures and of the Apostolic Tradition, only by the Church in its fullness, represented through the voice and common expression of her bishops all over the world. Thus, the Church does this work of fixing the dogmas and interpretation of the Orthodox faith through the mysterious inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, namely the Spirit of Christ, the Lord, the One Who from the Pentecost day forward has never left the Church He established through His sending into the world by God the Father at the Son's request.
LOVE FOR IMPERISHABLE BEAUTY
AT THE CAPPADOCIAN FATHERS
While travelling as pilgrim to Cappadocia, our thoughts focus on the origin of the Philokalia, on its first authors, Saints Basil the Great (+379), and Gregory the Theologian (+389), who gathered the most beautiful texts from Origen's work under this title. Thus, in the course of time, they created a series of collection of theological, ascetic and moral writings aiming at the love for the imperishable spiritual beauty acquired by deliverance from selfish passions and by cultivating virtue, through the spiritual sight of beings spiritually and unceasing prayer.
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel has visited today, May 30, 2009, the Museum of Anatolian Culture located in Turkey's capital, Ankara. The delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate was guided by His Excellency Ioan Pascu, Romania's Ambassador to Turkey. From this location, the envoys of the Romanian Patriarchate, led by His Beatitude, left for the homeland of St. Basil the Great, reaching Cappadocia at 1 p.m.
The delegation of the Romanian Patriarchate, led by His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, has reached today, May 30, 2009, Cappadocia, at around 1 p.m. His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, have assisted at the Vespers celebrated in the Holy Emperors Constantine and Helen Church in Sinassos (Mustafapaşa). The service was celebrated by Right Rev. Cipran of Campina, Patriarchal Vicar Bishop, starting at 5:30 p.m. The two Patriarchs have addressed sermons to those present.
His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, who is visiting these days Istanbul, has celebrated today, May 28, 2009, in the St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Phanar, together with His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, the Holy Liturgy on the Great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ.