6 January 2011, over 3000 faithful were present at the Patriarchal Hill. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel celebrated the Great Consecration of the Holy Water in front of the Patriarchal Residence, together with His Grace Ciprian Campineanul and His Grace Varlaam Ploiesteanul, Assistant Bishops to the Patriarch, assisted by a group of priests and deacons. As every year, on the eve on the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, an ice cross was put in the courtyard of the Patriarchal Cathedral, about three metres high, decorated with flowers, fir branches and basil.
On the Sunday after the Baptism of the Lord, 9 January 2011, the evangelical fragment on the beginning of the preaching of the Lord was read in the Orthodox churches. In the sermon delivered in the chapel of the "Saint Gregory the Enlightener" of the Patriarchal Residence, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel showed that the text read reveals three great truths: "The relationship between the Baptism of the Lord and the Gospel He starts to preach after He was baptised and tempted in the desert. The second great truth is the relationship between the Baptism of the Lord, repentance and the Kingdom of Heaven. The third great truth is the light of the Baptism of the Lord which becomes the light of our Christian life."
His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, Archbishop of Mtskheta and Tbilisi, and Metropolitan of Abkhazeti and Bichvinta Ilia II wished the parish forthcoming Happy Nativity and New Year. The Patriarch talked about the human mind during His Sunday preach. As His Holiness states, according to the scientists human mind does not depend on physical body, "Our mind depends on our soul. Human mind shall permanently be trained, thus needed thinking and reading books. Some people drive to despair, but we shall remember that the outcome always exists. A man shall always do whatever he likes to do. Idleness deaden our mind and weaken or spiritual strength" stated the Patriarch.
Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa officiated at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas11. January 2011 - 11:39 On 5th January 2010 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa officiated at the Service of the Great Hours, Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Savvas the Sanctified.
of His Holiness Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russia
to the Archpastors, Pastors, Monastics and all the Faithful Children
of the Russian Orthodox Church
Your Eminences the archpastors, honourable fathers,
venerable monks and nuns, dear brothers and sisters!
On this present light-bearing night we again spiritually relive the joy of the world's finding of its Saviour. Again in our thoughts we gaze upon the Son of the Living God who lies in a manger of the cave of Bethlehem. Again we hear in our hearts the voice of the angels giving praise to the Creator and Redeemer: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men' (Lk. 2:14).
On Monday, January 3, 2011, His All Holiness met at the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the Hon. Bülent Arınç, State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey. Mr. Arınç is also the former House Speaker of the Turkish Parliament (2002-2007). The Deputy Prime Minister held private conversations with the Ecumenical Patriarch, attended a reception with leading representatives of the Greek community and its institutions in Turkey, and addressed the media with the Patriarch.