Orthodox Churches

Moscow worshippers embroider a cover for the tomb of St. David of Gareji

 Parishioners of the Church of the Life-Giving Trinity located at the Pokrovsky Gate in Moscow have embroidered a cover for the tomb of St. David of Gareji and exhibited it on 26 March 2015. Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations attended the presentation with the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparing documents for Pan-Orthodox Council begins its 3rd session

The Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparing documents for a Pan-Orthodox Council began its 3d session at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox center in Chambesy.

With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the Russian Orthodox Church is represented at the session by a delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations. The delegation includes Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, DECR vice-chairman, and Deacon Anatoly Churyakov, a DECR interpreter.

The name day of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem

The name day of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem
The name day of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem
The name day of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem
The name day of His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem

On Saturday the 8th/21st of March 2015, the Name Day of Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem was observed one day earlier than usual, on the commemoration of the Holy Forty Martyrs who had suffered a martyr’s death in Lake Sebaste of Caesarea, Pontus. The feast was observed as a Small Parrhesia.

Church representative calls upon the Ukranian peopl to resist the dictat of extremists

The citizens of the Ukraine, both believers and non-believers, should find strength to resist the diktat of a bunch of extremists who are imposing their will on the people around, said chairman of the Synodal Information Department of the Russian Orthodox Church Vladimir Legoida to RIA-Novosti, commenting on the prohibition of the authorities of the Ukrainian city of Sumy to hold an annual procession of the cross on the feast of the Theodorovskaya Icon of the Mother of God (March 14/27).

Another church of Saint Paisios of Mt. Athos to be built in Greece

On March 22, 2015, after the Sunday evening service at the Church of St. Christopher (Agios Christoforos) in the town of Chania (Crete) His Eminence Metropolitan Damaskinos of Kydonia and Apokoronon addressed himself to its rector, Archpriest Basilios, and the congregation.

The hierarch announced that the diocese had made a decision to begin construction of a new Church in honor of the newly-canonized Venerable Paisios the Athonite, reports Agionoros.ru. It will be built on the parcel of land that was donated to the community of St. Christopher’s Church.

Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in Casablanca and Doxology for National Regeneration

Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in Casablanca and Doxology for National Regeneration
Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in Casablanca and Doxology for National Regeneration
Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in Casablanca and Doxology for National Regeneration
Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in Casablanca and Doxology for National Regeneration

On the 4th Sunday of Great Lent, the feast of St John of the Ladder, a Patriarchal Divine Liturgy was conducted at the Holy Church of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Casablanca by His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa,  together with the local Metropolitan Alexios of Carthage, the Mega Ecclesiarch of the Throne, the Very Reverend Archimandrite Theodoros Dridakis and the Parish Priests of Casablanca and Rabat Fr. Ioannis Gatzioras and Fr. Maximos Massalatin.  The choirs  were attended also by the Very reverend Archimandrite Alexios Petrides, the visiting Dean of the Holy Church of the transfiguration in Halandri as well as many Romanian faithful who sang the hymns and parts of the Liturgy.