Orthodox Churches

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America

The fourth Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America was held from September 17 to 19, 2013, in Chicago. Before the meeting, the archpastors prayed at the Church of the Protecting Veil of the Theotokos (ROCOR) during the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Peter of Cleveland, chancellor of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid- America, the website of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA has reported.

The Feast of the Nativity of Theotokos in Jerusalem

The Feast of the Nativity of Theotokos in Jerusalem
The Feast of the Nativity of Theotokos in Jerusalem
The Feast of the Nativity of Theotokos in Jerusalem
The Feast of the Nativity of Theotokos in Jerusalem

Celebrated on Saturday the 8th/21st of September 2013, was the feast of the Nativity of Theotokos, fruit of the womb of the formerly barren St Anne, through her connection to St Joachim, and vessel for the incarnation by the Holy Spirit of God’s one and only Son and Logos, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for our salvation.

In commemoration of this feast, a nocturnal divine Liturgy was held at the All-Holy Sepulcher; a divine Liturgy at the Bier of the Mother of God, led by His Eminence Demetrios, Archbishop of Lydda, ministered by students at the Patriarchal School of Sion; as well as a divine Liturgy at the monastic church of Sts Constantine and Helena the Hagiotaphites, which was attended by His Beatitude Theophilos, our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem, together with Fathers of the Holy Sepulcher and pilgrims.

Subsequently, at the Epitropikon (room of the board), His Beatitude wished for the Fathers of the Holy Sepulcher the protection and mediation of the All-Holy Mother of God who was born of a barren womb, the ever virgin Mary.

Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on Marmara Island

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conducted the Holy Liturgy on the Marmara Island of the northwestern Turkish province of Balıkesir on 22 September 2013.

Nearly 150 believers attended the ceremony, with many Orthodox faithful coming from all parts of Greece and Istanbul. Patriarch Bartholomew also paid a visit to the local town's Mayor Süleyman Aksoy after the ceremony at his office.  Aksoy and Bartholomew together visited the open air Marble Museum, historic Greek houses and the Mother Mary water cistern on the Island.

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady-at-Staroye-Simonovo on its patronal feast day

On September 21, 2013, the Day of the Nativity of our Most Holy Virgin Mary, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Nativity of Our Lady-at-Staroye-Simonovo.

Among numerous worshippers were staff members of the Moscow Patriarchate Publishers and editorial boards of Moscow Patriarchate’s periodicals.

1000th anniversary of the Cliff Monastery celebrated in Ukraine

On September 15, the feast-day of Holy Fathers Anthony and Theodosius of the Kiev Caves, the 1000th anniversary of the Cliff Monastery of the Beheading of St John the Baptist in Lyadova was celebrated, reports the website of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

"Your heart is filled with awe when you realise that monastic life in this holy place began 1000 years ago, when Holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, was still ruling in Kiev,” wrote His Beatitude Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and All Ukraine in his greeting speech, read by Metropolitan Simeon of Vinnitsa and Bar, “Ancient tradition attributes the foundation of this monastery with the name of the founder of monastic life in Russia--our Holy and God-bearing Father Anthony of the Caves. Throughout its long history, the Liadova Monastery experienced periods of flourishing as well as periods of near collapse. But God cannot be mocked. The almighty Divine providence has preserved this unique landmark of our history for us. Fifteen years ago, monastic life in the monastery was restored and today the space of the ancient caves is again filled with prayer".