The 20th International Educational Christmas Readings were opened on January 23, 2012, at Gostiny Dvor, Moscow. Its theme is Education and Morality: Concern of the Church, Society and State.
On the night of January 18–19, the feast of the Theophany, the yearly mass immersion in the blessed waters of Moscow went by without incident.
Solemn services including the Great Blessing of the waters took place in 111 active Orthodox churches and monasteries in Russia’s capital city, and water was distributed to the faithful. According to agencies participating in security, there were 30,000 more bathers than last year. 2011 saw around 88,000 people immerse themselves in the waters on the feast celebrating the Baptism of the Lord.
Particles of the martyrs of Christ of our freedom-loving and Christ-loving kin, were generously donated by the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral to the Metropolitanate of Australia-New Zealand. During the consecration of newly-built churches, particles of these relics of the martyrs were built in Holy Tables of Serbian churches of the Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos on the Golden Coast and St. Sava in Darwin, but now they went farther from Australia and the Fifth continent.
Few weeks ago, the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church gifted particles of the relics also to the Metropolitanate of New Zealand of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,respectively to His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of New Zealand who now used them in consecration of the churches of his misionary parishes in Fiji or. church of St. Paraskeva in Sabeth and in the monastery church of the Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos in Saveni.
Source: Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand
The Orthodox faithful in Seychelles celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on Saturday January 7th in a joyful Divine Liturgy, attended by about 70 believers.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated on Christmas night at the Cathedral of the Trinity of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. Archimandrite Isidor (Minaeyv), head of the Mission, officiated. Praying were staff members of the Embassy of Belarus and pilgrims. After the Liturgy, guests and parishioners were invited to festive repast, website of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission reports.