Orthodox Churches

930 more children to become godchildren of the Patriarch of Georgia

The 35th mass baptism is to take place after the Easter celebrations, reports Blagovest-info with the reference to Georgianpress.ru.

As the Lazarus foundation has explained, 930 more children will become new godchildren of the Georgian Patriarch. The application period for those parents who have children to baptize has closed; however, the specific date of baptism has not yet been fixed.

 Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II has 19,744 godchildren. They are the children born third and afterward of couples married in the church.

Russian Foundation to deliver Holy Fire from Jerusalem to Crimea

The Foundation of St. Andrew the First-Called is organizing a delivery to Crimea of the Holy Fire from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

“On the joyous Easter holiday, the Holy Fire will be delivered to Simferopol and Sevastopol where it will be met by representatives from the local diocese, senior Crimean and Sevastopol officials, as well as sailors from the Black Sea Fleet,” the Foundation told Interfax-Religion.

In St. Petersburg, 700 Trees Will be Planted in Honor of the 700th Anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh

Trees will be planted in St. Petersburg in honor of the 700th anniversary of the birth of St. Sergius of Radonezh.

Seedlings of oaks, chestnuts, Manchurian walnut, and willows will be distributed to various church deaneries, notes the “Living Water” information agency.

Trees will be planted at the St. Sophia Cathedral in Tsarskoe Selo. On Palm Sunday, April 13, the Alley of St. Sergius of Radonezh will be opened. After the Divine Liturgy, Archpriest Gennady Zverev, the rector of the church, will serve a moleben [supplicatory service] before the tree planting.

Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates in Tulkarm, Samaria

Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates in Tulkarm, Samaria
Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates in Tulkarm, Samaria
Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates in Tulkarm, Samaria
Patriarch of Jerusalem officiates in Tulkarm, Samaria

On Sunday, the 17th/30th of March 2014, the Sunday of St John Climacus, His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Rum Orthodox, Arab-speaking Community of Tulkarm.

DECR chairman’s condolences over the death of Metropolitan Ioann of Zagreb and Ljubljana

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, in the following letter to His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, expressed condolences over the demise of Metropolitan Ioann of Zagreb and Ljubljana:


To: His Holiness IRINEJ

       Archbishop of Pec

       Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovcy

Your Holiness,


Kindly accept the expressions of our profound condolences from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church and me personally over the demise of His Eminence Metropolitan Ioann of Zagreb and Ljubljana, an outstanding hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

An Interfaith Paschal Marathon Has Begun in Moscow

On the eve of the Annunciation, the interfaith Paschal Marathon “Holiday Traditions, Holiday Tastes, Holiday Music” opened in the memorial synagogue on Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow.

Throughout the marathon, lectures will take place on the traditions and customs of Pascha, master classes on holiday cooking will be held, as will concerts, exhibitions, and tours, the official website of the Diocesan Commission for Missionary Council in Moscow states.

A Monument to St. Sergius of Radonezh Will be Erected in the Crimea

The St. Sergius of Radonezh Fund, a part of the Russian Historical Society, plans to erect a monument to St. Sergius.

Sergei Naryshkin, Speaker of the State Duma, who is also the chairman of the Russian Historical Society, announced plans to erect a monument to St. Sergius in the Crimea, the news portal Interfax-Religion reported.