On Sunday April 17, 2016, Nikita Yeremeyev, former pastor of a Protestant community, was received into Orthodoxy in Kaliningrad, reports the Kaliningrad Diocese’s official website.
“My conversion to Orthodoxy from Protestantism is not a mere desertion from the enemy’s army, but rather a result of some sort of evolution of worldview. In Protestantism I became acquainted with the Christ of the Gospel. And in Orthodoxy, I have met the Christ Who lives now, in the sacraments of the body of the Church,” the young pastor relates.
Recently one of the founding producers of the Fox News American conservative TV channel Jack Hanick accepted a work invitation to Russia, and on April 30, Holy Saturday, he and his family members were baptized at the church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Everybody was welcome to the festive event.
On the morning of 23 April/6 May 2016, feast day of St George the Trophy Bearer and Great Martyr, which coincided with the commemoration of the Life-giving Spring of Theotokos on Friday of Bright Week, a panegyric divine Liturgy was held at St George Church, of the Patriarchate of Romania, in West Jerusalem. The service was led by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, having as concelebrants: Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantinos, Metropolitan Joachim of Zamia, the hegumen, Archimandrite Theophilos, the representative of the Russian Missia in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Leontios, and Hagiotaphite Hieromonks such as Archimandrite Porphyrios, Archdeacon Evlogios and deacon Markos. The choir of Romanian Nuns and Elder Nun Mariam Skorda sang in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador to Israel, Ms Andrea Păstârnac, and a crowd of pious Romanian pilgrims.
On the Saturday of Renewal Week, 7 May 2016, the feast of Saint Nilus the Myrrhgusher was celebrated brilliantly in his hometown of Agios Petros in Kynouria. He was born there in 1601.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses deep sorrow, concern and sympathy to our Serbian Orthodox brethren for the massive fire that destroyed yesterday evening the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in lower Manhattan.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America responding to the sad news of the catastrophic fire stated: “We stand together with our Serbian Orthodox brothers and sisters, who are saddened by this loss of their beloved cathedral, on the day of our Lord’s Resurrection. We pray to the Risen Christ that the hope of His resurrection sustains them and strengthens them in the face of such adversity.”
His red and gold vestments bathed in candlelight, the first mainland Chinese Orthodox priest ordained for six decades led an Easter service on Sunday — one of the most surprising fruits of warming ties between Moscow and Beijing.