Orthodox Churches

Metropolitan Hilarion speaks at a University Post-graduate's Summer Debate Camp

On July 27, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk spoke at the closing of the GAIDPARK-2014 summer debate camp at Vinogradovo near Moscow. The event was organized by the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, a non-commercial organization, in cooperation with the Polytechnic Museum.

Since July 20, over one hundred university post-graduates from various cities in Russia have attended lectures given by prominent experts in economics, sociology genetics and urbanistics and held debates on the future of the individual, society, city and civilization.

As the organizers asked Metropolitan Hilarion find a way to motivate students for making the right choice of their profession and lifestyle he spoke first about his own experience and motive for joining the Church. “At a certain stage in one’s life one comes to face a dilemma between a life for the good of others and a life for one’s own self. Paradoxically as it may seem, those who do not spare themselves for the sake of others, giving themselves, their material resources, their intellectual and spiritual abilities for the welfare of other people, feel happy. They give without losing anything, and the more they give the more they gain. As Christ said, ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God and, and all these things shall be added to you’”, he said.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches celebrate Divine Service at Representation of Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow on feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches celebrate Divine Service at Representation of Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow on feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches celebrate Divine Service at Representation of Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow on feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches celebrate Divine Service at Representation of Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow on feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches celebrate Divine Service at Representation of Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow on feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel

On 26 July 2014, feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, officiated at the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow Representation of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Church of St. Gabriel the Archangel.

Consecration of Metropolitan Maximos of Selyvria

On Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George commemorating the Feast of St. Panteleimon, during which the consecration of Metropolitan Maximos (Vgenopoulos) of Selyvria took place.

Also concelebrating were Metropolitans Amfilohije of Montenegro, John of Pergamon, Meliton of Philadelphia, Ignatios of Demetrias, Pavlos of Glyfada, Chrysostomos of Patra, Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, and Athenagoras of Kydonies, as well as Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Church's Western American Diocese and Archbishop Makarios of Qatar.

The feast of the Gathering of the Apostles in Tiberias

On Sunday, the 30th of June/13th of July 2014, the feast of the Gathering of the Twelve Holy Apostles was celebrated at the Holy Monastery dedicated to them, near the Western shore of the Tiberian sea, at the centre of the present-day big Israeli city of Tiberias.

At the church of the Monastery, which preserves many of the building components of the ancient church which is linked to the Lord’s miracle, namely His appearance before His disciples after the Resurrection, when He instructed them to throw their nets on the right side of the boat (John 21, 6) and then eat from the fish and bread that lay on the coal (John 21, 9), which constitutes the evangelical excerpt of the 10thEothinon Gospel of Sundays – His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, led the Matins and Divine Liturgy. Co-officiating were the Most Reverend Kyriakos, Metropolitan of Nazareth and Hieromonks from nearby Monasteries of the Patriarchate. Cantors from neighbouring communities sang, while Greek pilgrims and Russian-speaking and Arab-speaking faithful participated in piety.

Celebration at Caraiman Monastery

 On 20 July 2014, the parish churches and monasteries form all over the country celebrated their saint patron, Saint Elijah the Tishbite – “Lumina” newspaper informs. One of the places of worship which celebrated their dedication day was the chapel of the Monastery of the “Exaltation of the Holy Cross” – Caraiman, in Busteni resort.

Patriarchate of Jerusalem condemn proclamations against Christians in Iraq

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem is alarmed upon hearing the horrifying statement issued by the Islamic State group, telling Christian communities in the Iraqi city of Mosul that they must convert to Islam, pay a jiziya tax, or give up all their possessions and leave the city, otherwise face imminent execution.

The inhumane statement is contrary to the peaceful symbiosis of Christians and Muslims in Iraq and in the entire Middle East region throughout the centuries and completely goes against the principles and values of these monotheistic religions.

The “Mother Church” of Jerusalem strongly and unequivocally condemns the appalling statement of the Islamic State group and appeals with utmost urgency to the international community to immediately intervene in order to avoid such actions and to protect the Christian population of Iraq, which has been living for many centuries in peace with their Muslim compatriots.