Orthodox Mission in Sierra Leone

People are born, live and die in unimaginable conditions

We say our prayers, go to Church on Sundays, try our best to fulfil the commandments and we sincerely give thanks to God for all He blesses us with as we battle through life. Meanwhile, we worry about our security, fear for our children's future and obsess over our retirement fund. We fall prey to a host of stress related ailments, generally dislike our employment and tremble with terror at the sight of our ageing bodies. We find respite in retail therapy, renewal in the occasional nip and tuck and purpose in befriending the world through social media. Such first world problems, such sure to fail, new age solutions. At the other end of the planet, a different story unfolds.

The Feast of Saint Philoumenos the Hieromartyr at Jerusalem Patriarchate

On Thursday the 15th/28th of November 2013, the Hieromartyr Saint Philoumenos the Hagiotaphite was commemorated one day in advance due to pastoral reasons.

The feast was celebrated at Jacob’s Well, where the then Hegoumen, Archimandrite Philoumenos, had suffered a martyr’s death on the 16th/29th of November 1979. Following a decision in 2009 of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Saint’s martyrdom was added to the Synaxarion of Hieromartyrs (Martyrology).

Moscow Synodal Choir on tour to Moravia

The Moscow Synodal Choir was on tour to Moravia in the end of November. The tour was organized by the Elizabeth and Sergius Educational Society, the Foundation for the Revival of the Moscow Synodal Choir and the Czech advertising agency SNIP&CO with the support of the South Moravia and Zlin administrations, the Russian general consulate in Brno and the Znojmo City Council. This event became part of the Russian Culture festival in the Czech Republic and was dated to the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ and the 1150th anniversary of the coming of Ss Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia.

President orders to celebrate anniversary of Mharsky Monastery

Decree of the President of Ukraine “On Measures to Celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Mharsky Monastery” has been signed to support the initiative of the Head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Volodymyr, the President’s press service reports.

Under the Decree, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine together with Poltava RSA must elaborate the issue on the implementation of measures on preservation, repair, restoration and rehabilitation of buildings and objects located on the territory of Mharsky monastery in the course of 2014-2019.

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family

On 26 November 2013, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia received Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family. They were joined in the meeting, which took place at Danilovskaya hotel, by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, and Prof. Adriano Roccucci, general secretary of the Community of Sant’Egidio.