Orthodox Churches

Patriarch of Jerusalem participates in "Byzantine Thessaloniki" Conference

On Sunday, the 24th of October/6th of November 2016, H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, and Archdeacon Markos, led the Divine Liturgy at the magnificent St Demetrius Church in Thessaloniki, having as concelebrants H.B. Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, Metropolitan Anthimos of Thessaloniki, and other Prelates.

The Divine Liturgy was held on the conclusion of the Conference on the city’s Byzantine ecclesiastical heritage. During lunch, His Beatitude spoke in Greek.

Thousands of Greeks venerate Belt of the Theotokos

Thousands of Greeks venerate Belt of the Theotokos
Thousands of Greeks venerate Belt of the Theotokos
Thousands of Greeks venerate Belt of the Theotokos
Thousands of Greeks venerate Belt of the Theotokos

Thousands of faithful in the city of Patras greeted a relic of the Athonite monastery of Vatopedi, the Belt of the Theotokos, reports Agion Oros.  

Molotov cocktails hurled at church of Moscow patriarchate in Ukraine

Unknown persons have thrown Molotov cocktails at a church of the Moscow patriarchate in Pavlograd, in central Ukraine’s Dnepropetrovsk region, the press service of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church said on Nov. 7.

"The unknown persons set on fire the St. Cyril and Methodius church in Pavlograd of the Dnepropetrovsk eparchy. The attackers hurled three Molotov cocktails at the church premises - two at the church and another one at the altar," the statement said.

Monument to Prince Vladimir opened on Day of People’s Unity in Moscow

Vladimir Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia opened a monument to the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Great Prince Vladimir, the Baptizer of Russia, on Borovitskaya Square, reports the president’s website.  

Celebration of the Feast of St. John Kochurov at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

Celebration of the Feast of St. John Kochurov at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
Celebration of the Feast of St. John Kochurov at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
Celebration of the Feast of St. John Kochurov at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral
Celebration of the Feast of St. John Kochurov at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

 The early years of the 20th century witnessed the rise of a unique Chicago ecclesiastical landmark — Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral, designed by noted architect Louis Henry Sullivan. Collaborating with Sullivan in the cathedral’s construction was the parish’s rector, Father John Kochurov, who had been assigned to serve Chicago’s Orthodox Christian community in 1895. Consecrated in 1903, the completed edifice drew much attention at the time, being the first example of Byzantine and Russian architecture and iconography in the US Heartland.

Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Kirill chairs a meeting of the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church

On October 31, 2016, the Supreme Church Council of the Russian Orthodox Church met at the Cathedral Church of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. It was chaired by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.