On Lazarus Saturday, the 22nd of March/4th of April 2015, the Patriarchate commemorated the raising of Lazarus, Christ’s friend from Bethany.
A. On Friday afternoon:
The event was commemorated on Friday afternoon on the Site of the Ascension of Christ on the Mount of Olives, being adjacent to Bethphage and Bethany, with Vespers performed on the ruins of the old Byzantine Church of the Ascension (now a mosque), after the outdoor Holy Altar had first been consecrated.
April 1, 2015 – The Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church met for a regular session in the Synodal Hall of the Kiev Laura of the Caves. It was chaired by His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine.
On the eve of the session, Metropolitan Lazar of Simferopol and Crimea celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Laura’s church of the Conception of St Anna. After the liturgy, Metropolitan Onufry said the Prayer for the Dead at the grave of his predecessor on the See of Kiev, Metropolitan Vladimir (Sabodan) of eternal memory.
METROPOLITAN HILARION OF VOLOKOLAMSK VISITS KAZAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
On 28 March 2015, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, rector of Ss Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Postgraduate Studies, who had arrived in Kazan to take part in the celebrations marking the millennium of the demise of the Holy Prince Vladimir, celebrated the All-Night Vigil at a church of the Kazan Orthodox Theological Seminary. At the entrance to the Church of St John of Kronstadt, Metropolitan Hilarion was met by Hegumen Yevfimiy (Moiseyev), rector of the Theological school.
Concelebrating the All-Night Vigil with Metropolitan Hilarion were Metropolitan Anastasy of Kazan and Tatarstan, Bishop Mefody of Almetyevsk and Bugulma, Hegumen Evfimiy (Moiseyev), as well as the DECR staff members, Rev. Dimitry Safonov and deacon Alexander Karzan, and ordained members of the faculty of the Kazan Theological Seminary.
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 session2. April 2015 - 12:24
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.
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.