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Although the Greek Orthodox Church earlier agreed to limit its services to just one-hour Divine Liturgies on Sundays, the state was not content, and on March 16 it banned all services until
As this Coronavirus crisis continues to spread and intensify on a global scale, the Ecumenical Patriarchate is monitoring the situation with an urgent sense of responsibility towards its faithful and all people without exception, and, following the Communiqué of 11 March 2020, upon deliberation of its Hierarchs in the City, announces the following: 1) The Ecumenical Patriarchate emphatically reiterates its appeal to everyone to limit their outings and travels to
The Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Albania, in similar fashion with other Orthodox Churches around the region, announced that cathedrals and chapels around the country will remain open only for personal worship. Daily services have been cancelled, while the Divine Liturgies on Sundays and during the Feast of the Annunciation on March 25 will be celebrated without worshippers at the Holy Trinity chapel in Tirana.The Divine Liturgy will be broadcast over
In several portions of our Diocesan territory (Western Europe), temporary local government restrictions have been put in place that prevent group gatherings and, by extension, the regular performance of public Divine Services. This is not the case in every location; but where it is so mandated, we have put measures in place to ensure that the Divine Services themselves will by no means cease, even if the public celebration of
The Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate has just approved the election by the general assembly of the Archdiocese of Orthodox churches of Russian tradition in Western Europe of two new vicar bishops: Archimandrite Simeon (Cossec), with the title bishop of Domodedovo , and the Hegumen Elisha (Germain), with the title bishop of Reoutov , “leaving the place and time of their ordination at the discretion of His Holiness the
The Holy Synod of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece convened on Monday, with sessions to continue until Wednesday, amid growing concerns in the country over coronavirus infections, and stepped up public health measures to prevent an outbreak on the scale witnessed in northern Italy. Currently, some 73 cases of coronavirus have been officially reported in the east Mediterranean country, but, thankfully, no related fatalities. The Church of Greece has
On Monday, March 9, 2020, following approval of the Mother Church of Constantinople last November after the request of the Holy Eparchial Synod, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, announced the creation of the Vicariate for the Orthodox Christian Communities of Slavic Tradition. The new Vicariate will report directly to Archbishop Elpidophoros and at the beginning includes hundreds
Thursday, March 05, 2020 Sunday of Orthodoxy 2020 “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened,and the angels of God ascending and descendingupon the Son of Man” (John 1:51) To the Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Pious Faithful of our Holy Orthodox Church in the God-protected Land of America: Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Greetings and blessings to all of you on this bright feast of the Sunday of
“To the faithful and beloved children of this God-preserved Diocese! As we enter now fully into this lenten period leading to the bright Resurrection of Christ, we find ourselves also in a period where many are stricken with fear at the spread of a new virus (Coronavirus COVID-19), which is affecting people in many parts of the world — including several countries within the borders of our Diocese. Since many
Since Mr. Brownback was received last year by His Holiness Patriarch at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, the meeting began with the memory of the talks that took place at the time. His Holiness, the Patriarch, outlined the views of the Serbian Orthodox Church on various topics related to the Serbian people and the Serbian Orthodox Church. He asked for a little more attention to be given to the Serbian
n anticipation of the meeting of heads and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches in the capital city of Jordan, Metropolitan Hilarion, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, told Interfax-Religion portal about what and in what format is to be discussed by this forum.
Press Release – 26 February 2020 – Amman, Jordan Issued on behalf of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem Following the initiative for dialogue and reconciliation announced by the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III in November 2019, the Amman Fraternal Familial Gathering was hosted today in the capital of Jordan, with attendance of Primates and Delegations from various Orthodox churches. The purpose of the gathering was to renew
Heads and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches are to meet next week in Amman on the initiative of Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem. In an exclusive interview to RIA Novosti, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, tells who will discuss what and when and what will be the aims of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church to be led by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
Balamand, February 22, 2020 Following the generous invitation of His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch, to participate in a consultative meeting of Church leaders in Amman, Jordan, on the twenty-fifth of this month, the Antiochian Church declares that She will not participate in this meeting. The Church of Antioch acknowledges the concern of the Orthodox Churches’ Primates and their initiatives to
“In connection with the letters received from His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem, in which he sent an invitation to participate in the fraternal gathering of the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches and their delegations in Amman, Jordan, the Holy Synod of the BOC-BP informs that it will refrain from participating in the aforementioned meeting, and, accordingly, will not send its representatives to Amman, the capital of Jordan.
Metropolitan Emmanuel of France traveled to Riyadh, at the invitation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in order to chair the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID), following his recent election as president. The Secretary General of KAICIID and the Advisor to the Court of His Royal Highness, Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, welcomed the Metropolitan of France to Riyadh.
The decision came after an escalation of misunderstandings involving the Louvre Museum and The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. The Synod became aware of the Exhibit “Art and Cultures in Bulgaria Between the 16th and 18th Centuries,” when Bulgarian Culture Minister, Boil Banov sought a blessing for the project. The exhibit included, crosses, icons, censers, Gospels, Royal Doors, etc.., A total of 16 objects from Bachkovo Monastery, the
On October 10, the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia resolved to canonize a number of 20th-century New Martyrs. The new saints were companions of the highly-venerated Hieromartyr St. Gorazd (Pavlik): Frs. Vladimír Petřek and Václav Čikl, as well as Ján Sonnevend, Václav Ornest, and Karel Louda and their families, who gave their lives for the glory of Christ and holy Orthodoxy during the
A moleben prayer service for deliverance from the coronavirus epidemic was recently held at the Church of St. Nicholas in Moscow, which serves as the Patriarchal representation of the Chinese Autonomous Orthodox Church. “Archpriest Igor Zuev, the rector of the dependency served a moleben for deliverance from the coronavirus pneumonia epidemic that has engulfed Russia’s ally, China,” Orthodox activist Kirill Frolov told Interfax on Tuesday. More than 60 Chinese people living in
A documentary on one of the greatest saints of the 20th century will soon be released. In the meantime, a trailer for the film, “Elder Joseph the Hesychast,” has been published online on the “sceptic production” YouTube page. St. Joseph is one of the newest saints of the Orthodox Church. Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople announced his canonization during a visit to Mt. Athos in October. As His Eminence Metropolitan Athanasios of
The Antiochian Orthodox Church has issued an official statement on the recent reports concerning the fate of the two missing Syrian bishops, Boulos Yazigi, Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Alexandretta and brother of Orthodox Patriarch John X, and Gregorios Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, who were kidnapped by Muslim rebels in the vicinity of Aleppo on April 22, 2013. A new investigation led by Mansur Salib, a
The Three Holy Hierarchs—Sts. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom—are the patron saints of schools and education for the Orthodox faithful, and their feast, January 30 on the new calendar, was traditionally celebrated as a school holiday in Greece. However, the Greek Education of Ministry has announced that classes will be held as normal on their feast this year, reports the National Herald. Orthodox hierarchs have different
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The Orthodox faithful of Montenegro continue to raise their voices against the scandalous new law that gives the state the authority to seize Church properties, coming out in prayerful defense of their holy churches and monasteries. Yesterday, January 12, more than 10,000 faithful took part in a prayerful procession in the capital city of Podgorica to this end, reports the official Facebook page of the Cathedral of the Resurrection of
Following the promulgation of the law robbing the churches and ecclesiastical goods of the Orthodox Church in Montenegro, the members of the Episcopal Council of the latter published the following press release Podgorica, December 29, 2019 The Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro which, by decision of the Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in May 2006, is made up of the bishops of
We have just received a press release (read below) from the office of the Patriarchate of Antioch which informs us of the initiative of the Patriarch of Jerusalem to find a solution to the crisis caused by the recognition of the new Orthodox Church of Ukraine by the Patriarchate of Constantinople. Recall that there is a dispute between the two patriarchates (Jerusalem and Antioch) over the jurisdiction over Qatar which