Miraculous icon of St. John the Baptist stolen from Lyadova monastery

An ancient miraculous icon of St. John the Baptist was stolen from the cliff monastery of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist in Lyadova, Ukraine, 225 miles southwest of Kiev.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill greets His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem with his Name Day

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent a message of greetings to the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem on the commemoration day of his heavenly patron, Holy Martyr Theophilus of Sebaste. The text of the message is given below: -Your Beatitude, Beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant, On the commemoration day of the Holy Martyr Theophilus of Sebaste, I cordially greet you with your Name Day and prayerfully wish you bodily and spiritual strength, peace and abundant mercies from the All-Generous Maker.

The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre

The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre
The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre
The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre
The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre

On Wednesday morning, 9th/22nd March 2017, the ceremony marking the completion of the restoration and rehabilitation of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre took place in front of the Sacred Edicule.

This project began one year ago, by the initiative of Jerusalem Patriarchate and the agreement among the Christian Communities, the Franciscans and the Armenians; the research study and the work were undertaken by the Interdisciplinary Team of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.) under the coordination of Professor Mrs. Antonia Moropoulou.

Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Phanar

Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Phanar
Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Phanar
Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Phanar
Sunday of Orthodoxy at the Phanar

On Sunday, March 5, 2017, His All-Holiness concelebrated Divine Liturgy for the first Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of Orthodoxy, together with Their Eminences Metropolitans Demetrios of Sevasteia, Eirenaios of Myriophyton and Peristasis, Chrysostomos of Myra, Gennadios of Sassima, Nikiforos of Kinshasa, Maximos of Selyvria, and His Excellency Metropolitan Theoklitos of Vresthenis. During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace Ierotheos, Abbot of the Sacred Patriarchal and Stavropegial Orthodox Monastery of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou, in Astoria, New York, was consecrated as Bishop of Eukarpia.

The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday in Damascus

The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday in Damascus
The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday in Damascus
The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday in Damascus
The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday in Damascus

The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday, the Sunday of judgment at the church of the Holy Cross, Kassaa, Damascus.