Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania
Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania
Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania
Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

The members of the 5th Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney on Tuesday 13th October, 2015, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.

Present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Ecumenical Patriarchate); His Eminence Archbishop Paul (Antiochian Church); His Grace Bishop George (Russian Church); His Grace Bishop Irinej (Serbian Church); His Grace Bishop Mihail (Romanian Church); His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Ecumenical Patriarchate); His Grace Bishop Ezekiel (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Seraphim (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Nikandros (Assistant Bishop) and His Grace Bishop Iakovos (Assistant Bishop).

Georgia Celebrates Svetitskhovloba Honoring Historical Cathedral and City

 Georgia’s ancient capital city and its World Heritage monument are being celebrated nationwide today.

Each year on October 14 Georgia celebrates the Svetitskhovloba holiday, where Orthodox Christian pilgrims and visitors flock to the country’s ancient capital city Mtskheta, just outside Tbilisi, to mark the annual day of the city and its unique cathedral.

The Patriarch of Alexandria at the Russian Community in Johannesburg

The Patriarch of Alexandria at the Russian Community in Johannesburg
The Patriarch of Alexandria at the Russian Community in Johannesburg
The Patriarch of Alexandria at the Russian Community in Johannesburg
The Patriarch of Alexandria at the Russian Community in Johannesburg

On Sunday 11th October 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, on his return from his pastoral visit to the Holy Metropolis of Zimbabwe, and so concluding his visit to South Africa, stayed for one day in Johannesburg and conducted the Liturgy at the Holy Church of St Sergius of Radonezh, of the Russian Community in South Africa.

The Memory of St. Vladimir the Great Celebrated in Sofia

On October 10, 2015 a conference dedicated to the memory of Equal-to-the-Apostles St. Vladimir the Great with the blessings of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Holiness Patriarch Neophytos of Bulgaria, reports the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations.

The conference, organized by the Russian representative church in Sofia, was attended by the Bulgarian Patriarch, as well as Bulgarian, Russian, and Ukrainian Church hierarchs, foreign diplomats and members of theological and scholarly circles.

Celebrations marking commemoration day of St Sergius of Radonezh begin in the Holy Trinity and St Sergius Laura

Celebrations marking commemoration day of St Sergius of Radonezh begin in the Holy Trinity and St Sergius Laura
Celebrations marking commemoration day of St Sergius of Radonezh begin in the Holy Trinity and St Sergius Laura
Celebrations marking commemoration day of St Sergius of Radonezh begin in the Holy Trinity and St Sergius Laura
Celebrations marking commemoration day of St Sergius of Radonezh begin in the Holy Trinity and St Sergius Laura

On 7 October 2015, the celebrations marking the blessed demise of St Sergius, Hegumen of Radonezh and Wonderworker of All Russia, began in the Laura of the Holy Trinity and St Sergius.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated Small Vespers and read the Akathist to St Sergius in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Among those who were concelebrating with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church were Metropolitan Juvenaly of Krutitsy and Kolomna; Metropolitan Vikenty of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, head of the Central Asia metropolitan area; Metropolitan Varsonofy of St. Petersburg and Ladoga, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate; Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch for all Belarus; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate; Archbishop Yevgeny of Vereya, chairman of the Education Committee, rector of the Moscow theological schools; Archbishop Feognost of Sergiyev Posad, abbot of the Holy Trinity and St Sergius Laura, chairman of the Synodal Department for Monasteries and Monasticism; Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate Administrative Secretariat; Bishop Savva of Voskresensk, abbot of the Novospassky Stavropegic Monastery; Archimandrite Alexy (Polikarpov), abbot of St Daniel’s Stavropegic Monastery; Archimandrite Porfiry (Shutov), abbot of the Holy Transfiguration Stavropegic Monastery in Solovki; and other clergymen.