His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew offers his dreams and prayers for the Holy and Great Council, meeting in Crete in late June 2016. The Holy and Great Council is the first time in 1200 years that 14 autocephalous Orthodox churches are meeting, with a common desire for strengthened relations and to be a sign of “unity in a world afflicted by conflict and division.”
Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate
This joyous exclamations could be heard from the Conference room in Berjaya Beau Vallon Hotel where Orthodox faithful gathered to celebrate in a service, The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, on Sunday 01st of May.<--break-> ">This joyous exclamations could be heard from the Conference room in Berjaya Beau Vallon Hotel where Orthodox faithful gathered to celebrate in a service, The Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, on Sunday 01st of May.
On Sunday April 17, 2016, Nikita Yeremeyev, former pastor of a Protestant community, was received into Orthodoxy in Kaliningrad, reports the Kaliningrad Diocese’s official website.
“My conversion to Orthodoxy from Protestantism is not a mere desertion from the enemy’s army, but rather a result of some sort of evolution of worldview. In Protestantism I became acquainted with the Christ of the Gospel. And in Orthodoxy, I have met the Christ Who lives now, in the sacraments of the body of the Church,” the young pastor relates.
Recently one of the founding producers of the Fox News American conservative TV channel Jack Hanick accepted a work invitation to Russia, and on April 30, Holy Saturday, he and his family members were baptized at the church of the Holy Martyr Tatiana at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Everybody was welcome to the festive event.
On the morning of 23 April/6 May 2016, feast day of St George the Trophy Bearer and Great Martyr, which coincided with the commemoration of the Life-giving Spring of Theotokos on Friday of Bright Week, a panegyric divine Liturgy was held at St George Church, of the Patriarchate of Romania, in West Jerusalem. The service was led by H.B. Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, having as concelebrants: Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantinos, Metropolitan Joachim of Zamia, the hegumen, Archimandrite Theophilos, the representative of the Russian Missia in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Leontios, and Hagiotaphite Hieromonks such as Archimandrite Porphyrios, Archdeacon Evlogios and deacon Markos. The choir of Romanian Nuns and Elder Nun Mariam Skorda sang in the presence of the Romanian Ambassador to Israel, Ms Andrea Păstârnac, and a crowd of pious Romanian pilgrims.