Orthodox Churches

Bulgaria: Citywide cross procession marks Family Day in Varna

Residents of the Bulgarian port city of Varna have celebrated Christian Family Day with a procession of the cross, carrying copies of two wonder-working icons: “The Queen of All” (“Pantanassa”) Icon of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos and the Moldovan Icon of Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer from the Bulgarian Athonite Zograf Monastery,1 reports Pravoslavie.bg.

Georgia celebrates its National Holiday—St. George's (Giorgob) Day

 On November 23 the Georgian Orthodox Church celebrated the St. George’s (Giorgob) Day. Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer is venerated as patron-saint of the Georgian people and is particularly loved in Georgia.

Bulgaria marks 90th years since Alexander Nevsky Cathedral inauguration

Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church commemorated Saint Alexander Nevsky on Sunday, as well as the 90th anniversary since the inauguration and sanctification of the Saint Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, which is a symbol of the Bulgarian capital city Sofia and of Bulgaria, on Sunday, November 23.

There was a solemn service at the Cathedral, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m.It was serviced by Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria.

Ancient Russian manuscripts go digital

In the mid-2000s, the Russian State Library (RSL) launched the National Electronic Library project with the aim of digitizing books published before 1831.

Many important texts have already been scanned; from the hand-written Archangel Gospel of 1092 – the fourth oldest known East Slavonic manuscript – to the Octoechos, a book of Orthodox Church psalms printed in 1491 in Krakow. It is one of the first books to use Cyrillic script and is worth several million dollars – although, of course, it belongs to the state and will not be sold. “These books only used to be released by special permission – and only then to prominent scholars,” explains Tatyana Garkushova from the library’s scanning department as she flicks between priceless ancient manuscripts on her computer screen. Now they are available to everyone at the RSL Digital Library page.

Patriarch John X of Antioch ordained the new Bishop Kais of Antrum

Patriarch John X of Antioch ordained the new Bishop Kais of Antrum
Patriarch John X of Antioch ordained the new Bishop Kais of Antrum
Patriarch John X of Antioch ordained the new Bishop Kais of Antrum
Patriarch John X of Antioch ordained the new Bishop Kais of Antrum

On 24th morning, during the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch and all East, celebrated the Consecration of the new Bishop Kais who was elected by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch on October 8.

Coronado: Russian Orthodox Mission in Costa Rica celebrates 20th Anniversary


The clergy and faithful of Costa Rica recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of the parish of Our Lady of Vladimir Church. On Wednesday, November 5, the church’s current rector, Archpriest Serge Lukianov, arrived in Coronado. Two days later, Archpriest Daniel McKenzie arrived in the Costa Rican capital of San José, not far from the city the church calls home. Fr. Daniel was the first priest of the parish, and he and Fr. Serge quickly went to work helping with the final preparations for the blessing of the cupolas and the celebration of the parish’s anniversary. 

Church in memory of victims of the Moscow theatre in Dubrovka terrorist attack completed

Construction of the Orthodox Church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in memory of the victims of the 2002 terrorist attack on the musical theater in Dubrovka (Moscow) have been completed, reported the press service of the State Building Control Committee of Moscow toInterfax on Thursday.

The construction, initiated in 2011, was carried out exclusively on charitable endowments. This is the first church whose foundations were laid within the framework of the program for the construction of 200 Orthodox churches in Moscow. Its foundation stone was blessed in April 2011 by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in the presence of the mayor of Moscow Sergei Sobyanin.