Orthodox Churches

Moldovan Church dedicates 2018 to defender of Orthodoxy St. Stephen the Great

On February 2, the solemn opening of the Year of St. Stephen the Great, dedicated to the defender of Orthodoxy and right-believing 15th-century prince of Moldova, was held in the Moldovan capital of Chișinău. Metropolitan Vladimir of Chișinău and All Moldova took part in the event, celebrating a moleben before an icon of the saint. St. Stephen III the Great (1429-1504) was the prince and defender of the Orthodox faith and one of the most prominent rulers of the Moldavian Principality, ruling for 47 years. He was canonized by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1992.

The First Meeting of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia Centenary Working Group

In preparation for the commencement of the work of the Synodal Commission for the organization and celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Church Abroad, Archbishop Peter of Chicago and Mid-America, Chair of the Commission, held a preliminary working meeting at the Synod of Bishops Building in New York on January 23, 2018. Present at the meeting were Archpriest Serafim Gan, Chancellor of the Synod of Bishops, Protodeacon Eugene Kallaur, Professor Nicholas Ganson and Archpriest Gregory Joyce, Secretary of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America.

New Greek Metropolitan of Chicago elected: Archim. Nathaniel Symeonides

The Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides to the vacant Chicago See earlier this morning, Romfea reports.

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America falls under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Fr. Nathanel was one of 40 eligible candidates submitted to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The Chicago See has been vacant since His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago fell asleep in the Lord on June 2 at the age of 89.

The Feast of St. Euthymios the Greate at the Patriarchate

The Feast of St. Euthymios the Greate at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. Euthymios the Greate at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. Euthymios the Greate at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. Euthymios the Greate at the Patriarchate

The commemoration of our Holy Father among the Saints Euthymios the Great was celebrated by the Patriarchate on Friday January 20/February 2, 2018, at the Holy Monastery dedicated to his name next to the Holy Monastery of Panagia Sayda Naya at the Christian Quarter, at a short distance from the Patriarchate.

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Russian Church’s Representation in Belgrade

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Russian Church’s Representation in Belgrade
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Russian Church’s Representation in Belgrade
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Russian Church’s Representation in Belgrade
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Russian Church’s Representation in Belgrade

On 4 February 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Trinity – Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. His visit to the Representation was timed to the 9th anniversary of enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia that took place on 1 February 2009.

Concelebrating with the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church were Archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev, rector of the Russian Representation in Belgrade, and clergy of the Belgrade archdiocese.

Centenary of Bolshevik separation of Church and state marked today

Today, February 2, marks exactly 100 years from the adoption of the Bolsheviks’ main anti-Church decree, “On the Separation of the Church from the State and Schools from the Church.” This decree established and proclaimed the secular character of the governmental authorities, all civil status acts were transferred to the jurisdiction of the civil authorities, and the teaching of religious creeds and disciplines was forbidden in all educational institutions. All property existing in Russian Church and religious societies was declared national property, reports pravoslavie.ru.

Russian President Congratulates Patriarch Kirill on The Anniversary of His Enthronement

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, on the ninth anniversary of his enthronement. The meeting between President Putin and Patriarch Kirill took place at Christ the Savior Cathedral on Friday, February 2nd, 2018.