Orthodox Churches

Divine Liturgy at the Chapel of the Forty Martyrs

On Tuesday October 24/November 6, 2018, one day after the commemoration of St. James the Brother of God and First Hierarch of Jerusalem, there was Vespers and the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Chapel of the Forty Martyrs, which is adjacent to St. James Cathedral and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The services were officiated by the Most Reverend Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella, with Hieromonks and Deacons as co-celebrants.

The Feast of St. James the Brother of God at the Patriarchate

The Feast of St. James the Brother of God at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. James the Brother of God at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. James the Brother of God at the Patriarchate
The Feast of St. James the Brother of God at the Patriarchate

On Monday, October 23/ November 5, 2018, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of St. James the Brother of God at the Cathedral bearing his name, which lies between the Hagiotaphite Brotherhood Headquarters and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and also serves as an internal passage between them.

Icons stolen from two Ukrainian churches

Icons stolen from two Ukrainian churches
Icons stolen from two Ukrainian churches
Icons stolen from two Ukrainian churches
Icons stolen from two Ukrainian churches

Two more churches of the canonical Orthodox Church were robbed in the past few days. Three ancient icons, money, and jewelry were stolen from one church and nine icons from the other.

IOCC Leadership on the Ground in Kosovo and Metohija

In October of this year, International Orthodox Christian Charities-IOCC board chair, Mark Stavropoulos, along with IOCC executives Dean Triantafilou and Stacey Mason visited project sites in Europe. While they were in the Balkans. In addition to spending time with some of the people IOCC serves, the leadership team met with His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church (pictured, second from left) and presented IOCC staffer Nenad Prelevic (right) with a memento commemorating his 20 years of work with the organization.

Simferopol Airport Could Be Renamed for St. Luke of Simferopol

More than 500 people have voted for the Simferopol airport to be renamed in honor of the great surgeon and Holy Hierarch St. Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) of Simferopol and Crimea, reports the site of the Diocese of Simferopol and Crimea.

Thanks to these votes in the second round of the contest, St. Luke’s name will move on to the third round vote, which will be held from November 12 to 30. Votes can be cast at the “Great Names of Russia” website, and also on various social media platforms and at the airport and on flights.

Patriarch Kirill: There is no conflict between Constantinople and Moscow but there is Moscow’s defence of inviolable canonical norms

On October 28, 2018, His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, presided over the Divine Liturgy at the church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted (the Transfiguration of the Lord) in Bolshaya Ordynka, Moscow.

The service was followed by a common meal during which the Primate made a speech about the spiritual unity of the people in the pastoral care of the Russian Orthodox Church and about the disorders in the world Orthodoxy brought about by unfriendly actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus returns to duties after surgery

His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus returned to his official duties this morning, feeling strong and renewed following his two-week stay in London, where he had undergone laparoscopic surgery to remove two tumors on his liver, reports the site of the Church of Cyprus.

The Cypriot primate underwent surgery on the evening of October 16, after which doctors announced they were satisfied with the outcome of the surgery and that His Beatitude was recovering. He had publicly announced just a few days prior that he had been battling cancer all summer.