On Saturday, the 13th/26th of July 2014, the memory of the Prophet Elias the Thesbite was commemorated in advance at the Church dedicated to him in the area of Maaloule, a suburb of Nazareth.
The Church of the Prophet Elias used to belong to the Arab-speaking Community of the Patriarchate which abandoned its seat upon the foundation of the state of Israel, in 1948. Since then, the area has been a military base. In recent years, the Patriarchate, mainly through the actions of Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth and Archimandrite Hilarion, the Abbot at the Monastery of Tabor, went on to restore, renovate and reopen it.
On July 26, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II visited His Beatitude John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East at his residence in Damascus.
His Holiness discussed with His Beatitude the latest developments concerning the abducted bishops Youhanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yaziji. Moreover, Patriarch Aphrem II told Patriarch John X on the proceedings and outcome of the meeting he convened at Atchaneh on the situation of the Christians of Mosul. In particular, they discussed the invitation to a meeting of the Patriarchs to work together and raise a united voice which carries the demands for all Christians in the Middle East.
On July 27, 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk spoke at the closing of the GAIDPARK-2014 summer debate camp at Vinogradovo near Moscow. The event was organized by the Yegor Gaidar Foundation, a non-commercial organization, in cooperation with the Polytechnic Museum.
Since July 20, over one hundred university post-graduates from various cities in Russia have attended lectures given by prominent experts in economics, sociology genetics and urbanistics and held debates on the future of the individual, society, city and civilization.
As the organizers asked Metropolitan Hilarion find a way to motivate students for making the right choice of their profession and lifestyle he spoke first about his own experience and motive for joining the Church. “At a certain stage in one’s life one comes to face a dilemma between a life for the good of others and a life for one’s own self. Paradoxically as it may seem, those who do not spare themselves for the sake of others, giving themselves, their material resources, their intellectual and spiritual abilities for the welfare of other people, feel happy. They give without losing anything, and the more they give the more they gain. As Christ said, ‘Seek first the Kingdom of God and, and all these things shall be added to you’”, he said.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches celebrate Divine Service at Representation of Orthodox Church of Antioch in Moscow on feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel29. Јул 2014 - 16:20
On 26 July 2014, feast day of the Synaxis of Archangel Gabriel, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, officiated at the Divine Liturgy at the Moscow Representation of the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Church of St. Gabriel the Archangel.
On Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George commemorating the Feast of St. Panteleimon, during which the consecration of Metropolitan Maximos (Vgenopoulos) of Selyvria took place.
Also concelebrating were Metropolitans Amfilohije of Montenegro, John of Pergamon, Meliton of Philadelphia, Ignatios of Demetrias, Pavlos of Glyfada, Chrysostomos of Patra, Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, and Athenagoras of Kydonies, as well as Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Church's Western American Diocese and Archbishop Makarios of Qatar.