Orthodox Churches

Monument to King David gifted by Russian charity dismantled in Jerusalem

 Monument to King David gifted by Russian charity dismantled in Jerusalem
 Monument to King David gifted by Russian charity dismantled in Jerusalem
 Monument to King David gifted by Russian charity dismantled in Jerusalem
 Monument to King David gifted by Russian charity dismantled in Jerusalem

A monument to the holy King David, installed on Mt. Zion almost a decade ago by the Russian Charitable Foundation of the St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, was dismantled today. The statue had previously been vandalized several times, reports newsru.co.il.

Gospel of Luke published in Siberian Chukchi language

Gospel of Luke published in Siberian Chukchi language
Gospel of Luke published in Siberian Chukchi language
Gospel of Luke published in Siberian Chukchi language
Gospel of Luke published in Siberian Chukchi language

A new edition in an ongoing series of translations of the Gospel of Luke into Northern Diglott languages has been released, this time in the Chukchi language. The series presents the Gospel in the languages of the indigenous peoples of Northern and Far Eastern Russia with a parallel text of the Russian Synodal translation of the Bible and an accompanying audio recording.

Valaam Monastery tonsures 15 monks during Great Lent

Valaam Monastery tonsures 15 monks during Great Lent
Valaam Monastery tonsures 15 monks during Great Lent
Valaam Monastery tonsures 15 monks during Great Lent
Valaam Monastery tonsures 15 monks during Great Lent

The historic Valaam Monastery in Russia’s northeast has celebrated the rite of monastic tonsure three times so far this Great Lent, in the first and fifth weeks, thus adding 15 men to the monastery’s ranks. The men, previously living at the monastery as novices, have entered the riassaphore stage of monasticism, reports Valaam Monastery.

Chinese Orthodox receive state approval to prepare for ministry in Russian seminaries

Orthodox students from the People’s Republic of China can now begin to prepare for their future ministries in China in the theological schools of the Russian Orthodox Church. Agreement on the issue came as a result of the sixth session of the Russian-Chinese working group on contacts and cooperation in the religious sphere held in Beijing on Thursday, the Vice Chairman of the Department of External Church Affairs (DECR) of the Russian Orthodox Church Archpriest Nikolai Balashov told RIA-Novosti.

Timetable of Services at the All-holy Church of the Holy Sepulchre on the Holy Week

From 18th March/31st March to 26th March/8th April 2018

(Time in Israel coincides with time in Greece)

Lazarus Saturday

Belarusian Church Discusses Possibility of Canonizing Metropolitan Who Brought Uniates Back to Orthodoxy

The possibility of canonizing Metropolitan Joseph (Semashko) of Vilnius and Lithuania, the initiator of the reunification of Belarusian Uniates with the Orthodox Church, was discussed at a press conference dedicated to the 220th anniversary of his birth and the 150th anniversary of his death on Tuesday. 2018 has been declared the year of Met. Joseph in the Belarusian Exarchate.

The primate of the Belarusian Church His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk stated that if Met. Joseph will be glorified, most likely he will be canonized as a Church-wide saint, rather than locally-venerated. Met. Joseph was a special person, his ministry being associated with many countries, reports the site of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

A delegation from Russian visits an old monastery under restoration in Syrian Maaloula

A delegation from Russian visits an old monastery under restoration in Syrian Maaloula
A delegation from Russian visits an old monastery under restoration in Syrian Maaloula
A delegation from Russian visits an old monastery under restoration in Syrian Maaloula
A delegation from Russian visits an old monastery under restoration in Syrian Maaloula

A Russian delegation led by State Duma deputy D. Sablin, who is the leader of the Russian Veterans organization ‘Boevoe bratstvo’ (Brothers in Arms), visited the Orthodox Convent of St. Thecla located in the city of Maaloula, Syria. The delegation was accompanied by Hegumen Arseniy (Sokolov), representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch.