Statements

SCOBA Statement: The Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Synodikon of Orthodoxy

March 8, 2009
The Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference
of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas

To all the Clergy and the Laity of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the Americas

Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We, the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, greet you with love and blessings on the Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Holy and Great Lent. This year, amidst the tumult and the insecurity that seem to pervade the globe, we exhort all of you to stand firm in your Orthodox Faith in God, the Faith that has established the world, the Faith that is the bedrock of our Holy Church, the pillar and ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15).

Catechetical Homily for Holy and Great Lent 2009.

Prot. No. 94

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By God's Grace Archbishop of Constantinople,
New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church,
Grace and Peace from our Savior Jesus Christ
And Prayers, Blessings and Forgiveness from Us
"Come, all peoples, let us today welcome
The gift of fasting
The period of repentance granted to us by God"
(Monday, First Week of Fasting)
Brethren and beloved children in the Lord,

The fast proposed to us by our Holy Church is not any deprivation, but a charisma. And the repentance to which it calls us is not any punishment, but a divine gift.

Protest of the SOC regarding the action of creating electronic database of cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija

Letter of the Holy Synod of Bishops regarding the action of creating electronic database regarding cultural treasures of Kosovo and Metohija

Regarding the action of creating electronic data of cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija by “the ministry of culture of Kosovo”, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church has sent a protest letter to the chief of the UNMIK Lamberto Zannieri :

Communique Concerning the Dread Bush Fires in Victoria

Beloved Spiritual Children in Christ,

We turn to you in this most difficult hour for all peoples of Australia, a time when every soul "mourns and suffers" due to the great and horrific tragedies which have befallen our Continent. Fires and floods, these dread natural disasters, have consumed over two hundred innocent lives. Many have been hurt and countless lamentable and suffering individuals are left without a roof over their heads. Persons, who have endeavoured their entire lives to establish the basic needs for their children and to secure a peaceful end to their own lives, now have lost absolutely everything.

Serbian Orthodox Church is concerned about the suggestion of the new Statute of the AP of Vojvodina

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church,regarding the suggestion of the new Statute of AP of Vojvodina, addressed to Prof. Dr Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic, the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, which letter we convey here in whole, expressing serious concern for the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Serbia.

For the same reason, the letter was also sent to the President of the Republic of Serbia and the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

Greeting of the SOC to the newly elected Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

His Holiness
Patriarch KIRILL
of Moscow and All Russia
MOSCOW

YOUR HOLINESS,

We rejoice as the Local Council of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church indeed inspired by the Holy Spirit has chosen in Your person a worthy successor to Patriarch Alexy II of blessed repose and placed You on the throne of the glorious Moscow Patriarchate, that from the same You may radiate to those near and far.

On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, our Holy Synod of Bishops and the entire episcopate, clergy, monastics and the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, We congratulate You on Your election as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, exclaiming: Axios!

Your beloved Holiness’ brother in Christ,

For His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Archbishop and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
A m f i l o h i j e