Geo Orthodox Church Marks St. Nino day

On June 1, Orthodox Church of Georgia marks the day of entrance of St. Nino, Equal to the Apostles, to Georgia.

St. Nino was born in the small town of Colastri, in the Roman province of Cappadocia. She was the only child of the famous Roman general Zabulon. On her father's side, Nino was related to St. George and on her mother's, to the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Houbnal I. St. Nino had a vision where the Virgin Mary gave her a Grapevine Cross and told her to preach in Iberia, the ancient Georgia.

Patriarch Kirill to visit Middle East

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will soon visit the Orthodox Church of Antioch in the Middle East. Head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, Russian Ambassador to Syria Sergey Kirpichenko and Antiochian Patriarch Ignatius discussed the upcoming visit in Damascus, the Moscow Patriarchate website said.

Musical compositions by Romanovs to be first performed at Christ the Savior Cathedral

Recently found musical compositions by Romanovs will first be performed at a charitable concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior on October 21.

Musical program includes compositions by Alexander II, Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna and Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. Most arrangements is to be performed by the Grand Symphony Orchestra for the first time, the art director of the Globalis Symphony Orchestra Leonid Butinsky has said at an Interfax press conference.

Patriarch Kirill: Russia has a long way to go until today's formally Orthodox laity becomes committed believers

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia believes that the Church should help people who formally consider themselves Orthodox to become committed believers.

Patriarch said that people often think of themselves as Orthodox by virtue of their cultural origin. "It often begins that way. A person eventually grows into such identity and becomes closer to the Church. We should be aware that Orthodoxy is the crucial factor of our cultural identity," he said answering students' questions at St. Petersburg Ice Palace on Friday.

Welcome Address during the reception of the Delegation of the Anglican Church – May 2009

Right Reverend Bishop of London,
Right Reverend Bishop of Birmingham,
Honourable Members of the Official Delegation of the Anglican Church,
Beloved Fathers,

CHRIST IS RISEN !

By this greeting of the Resurrection, please allow me to welcome you to the Apostolic Church of Greece and to wish that your stay may be crowned with success and substantial memories for the future.