Orthodox Churches

Lukashenko allocates funds for restoration of two 12th century churches

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus signed decree No. 109 yesterday, approving the decision of the council of the Foundation of the President of Belarus for the Support of Culture and Art, allocating $188,355 (369,834 rubles) for financing creative projects, reports the official site of the president of Belarus.

Specifically, the money will be directed towards restoration and major repairs for the 12th-century Sts. Boris and Gleb Church (the Kalozha Church) in Grodno, and the preservation of the 14th-century Princely Towers of the Kreva Castle in Kreva, Belarus. Funds will also be allocated to the Polotsk National Histoircal-Cultural Museum-Reserve for restoring the chipping 18th-19th-century paintings of the 12th century Transfiguration Church.

Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios

Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios
Metropolitan of Spain celebrates St. John Maximovitch in Greek Monastery of St. Nektarios

The feast of St. John Maximovitch was festively celebrated on July 1 and 2 at the Holy Monastery of Sts. Nektarios and Fanourios in Trikorfo, Fokidos, Greece, with the participation of Metropolitan Polycarpos of Spain and Portugal, reports ortodoxia.info.

Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary

Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary
Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary
Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary
Bishop Tikhon of Podolsk on archpastoral visit to Hungary

On June 27, His Grace Tikhon met with Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Vice-Premier Semjén Zsolt. They discussed the development of cooperation between the state and the Diocese of Budapest and Hungary in the task of preserving and developing Christian values in society. They also dealt with the organization of a visit of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Hungary. Special attention was given to the work to restore Orthodox churches carried out thanks to a monetary subsidy granted by the Hungarian Government. The respective agreements were signed in March 2017.

Dormition Liturgy not allowed in Panagia Sumela Monastery

For the second year in a row, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will not be allowed to visit and serve the Divine Liturgy in the ancient Panagia Sumela Monastery on the feast of the Dormition, reports Sedmitza.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople has published a communiqué addressed to all who have inquired about the Divine Liturgy on August 15, the new calendar day of the feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God, in the inactive Panagia Sumela Monastery in Trebizond, Turkey, where the patriarch celebrated the feast every year from 2010-2015. Turkish authorities did not allow the traditional celebration to take place in 2016, citing the ongoing reconstruction on the monastery grounds.

Mass Baptism in Arakan, Philippines

Mass Baptism in Arakan, Philippines
Mass Baptism in Arakan, Philippines
Mass Baptism in Arakan, Philippines
Mass Baptism in Arakan, Philippines

Another mass Baptism has been celebrated in the Philippines, reports Fr. George Maximov. According to a post on his Vkontakte social media page, 19 Filipinos were united to Christ in the holy Orthodox Church on Saturday, July 1.

More than 14,500 rare manuscripts available on site of Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

14,568 rare manuscripts have been made publicly available on the official website of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. The digitization of the literary treasure was carried out as a joint project between the Lavra and the Russian State Library.

All the manuscripts are divided into archives and collections. There is a section of “Unique Books” which includes six publications: several volumes of the Russian Bible and the Life of St. Sergius of Radonezh.