Goliath’s death is described in gruesome detail in the Bible, but how the Philistine champion would have been laid to rest has been a mystery. Scientists now say an extraordinary find may lay that giant enigma, much like the biblical villain, to rest.
On the two days of 21st and 22nd May 2016, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, continued his many days of pastoral and missionary journey to provinces of the Throne in South Africa, and arrived in the city of Durban, of the Holy Metropolis of Good Hope, where he was warmly welcomed by the local Metropolitan Sergios and the entire Hellenic Community.
On Monday, the 14th/27th of June 2016, the Patriarchate observed the memory of the Prophet Elisha at the Monastery dedicated to his name in Jericho, near the sycamore tree where Zacchaeus the tax collector had climbed to see the Lord “because he was short”.
The church patron-day of Great Martyr Prince Lazar of Serbia was celebrated solemnly inthe church of St. Greatmartyr Prince Lazar in the Zvezdara district of Belgrade.
On Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 5 p.m. the Vesper service was performed by presbyter Srecko Bogicevic, parish priest of Lazarica. At 8 p.m. the All-night Vigil service was celebrated by protopresbyter-staurophor Dragoslav Stikic, principal of the Lazarica church, in the presence of His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch. At midnight presbyter Srecko Bogicevic officiated the Holy Liturgy.
During archaeological excavations on the territory of Atskuri Church archeologists discovered the ruins of the unknown church of the Atskuri Virgin, attributed to the tenth century, as reported by Georgian television’s Channel One.
Archaeologists, art historians, and clergymen clarified that the church found under a layer of earth was built on the site of a non-Christians first-century temple, artifacts from which were also found during the excavation.
Headed by His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church arrived to Crete today, on 16 June 2016, where the session of the Holy and Great Council is to be held during the forthcoming days. His Holiness is accompanied by Their Eminences and Their Graces hierarchs: Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, Bishop Dr. Ignjatije of Branicevo, Bishop Lukijan of Budim and Bishop Jeronim of Jegar.
Along with the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, hierarchs, professors and students arrived in Chania, as part of the Serbian Church delegation.