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
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.
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.
« 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.
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
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
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
During its session of December 26, 2019, the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church decided to complete the composition of the Inter-Council Conference of the Russian Orthodox Church and to include in particular: 1) the archpriest Jean Gueit, vice-president of the Diocesan Council of the Archdiocese of the Orthodox Churches of Russian tradition in Western Europe, in the liturgical and ecclesial art commission, 2) the archpriest Nicolas Cernokrak, dean
On 3rd November 2019, an official reception on the occasion of the reunification of the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe with the Russian Orthodox Church took place in the Refectory Chambers of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia shared with all those present his thoughts about the reasons behind the historic reunification of the Archdiocese of Orthodox Parishes of Russian Tradition in Western Europe with the Mother Church.
On 17th October 2019, during a session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, a statement was adopted concerning the situation that arose in the Greek Orthodox Church after it convened on 12th October 2019 the extraordinary Council of Hierarchs on the Ukrainian church issue (Minutes No. 125).
I am grateful to my Brother in Christ, His Beatitude Ieronymos, Archbishop of Athens and all Greece, President of the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece, and Brother Hierarchs of the Council of Hierarchs, for today determining to support and follow the canonical and historical decisions of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, opening the possibility of full interaction between our two Local Autocephalous Churches in all spheres. The histories of our
While the Ukrainian question was not on the agenda of the Ordinary Assembly of the Orthodox Church of Greece set for October 8-11, 2019, an extraordinary session was scheduled for Saturday, October 12, in a letter to bishops dated October 7, whose agenda is « the report of SB the archbishop of Athens Jerome: information about the autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine ».
The Archdiocese of Russian Churches of Western Europe under His Eminence Archbishop John of Dubna, formerly an exarchate of the Patriarchate of Constantinople, has been officially received into the Russian Orthodox Church. “An historic session of the Holy Synod has ended,” writes His Grace Bishop Savva of Zelenograd, The Deputy Chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate, on his Telegram channel. “The Archdiocese of the Western European parishes of the Russian tradition is
The Blessed Saint Matrona is one of the most beloved Muscovite saints, who lived and worked miracles in our times, and her story and relics are cherished by all Russians. Now, English speakers can be glad to hear that a Russian TV series on this wonderful saint is available on YouTube with English subtitles. The series is the result of nine years of archival work, putting together some of the most amazing miracles attributed
To Clerics, monks and all the faithful of the Archdiocese On the night of September 14 to 15, 2019, following the communiqué of the Archbishop’s Office announcing his decision to request the canonical attachment to the Moscow Patriarchate, you received a so-called « Archbishop’s Council communiqué », which disturbed many of you. This was not a communiqué from the Archdiocesan Council. It is a letter of 7 members of the Council, written
On September 14, 2019, the Holy Synod considered an appeal from Archbishop John (Renneteau), head of the Archdiocese of Western European Parishes of Russian Tradition, who expressed the desire of a majority of the Archdiocese’s clergy and parishes to preserve its existence through entering the jurisdiction of the Russian Orthodox Church and asked for the entry in canonical communion and unity with the Moscow Patriarchate together with those clergy and
An extraordinary general meeting of our Archdiocese was held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 to discuss the future of the Archdiocese, in accordance with Article 34 of the Statutes. After the presentation of different points of view, the following question was put to the vote : « Do you accept the act of canonical attachment of the Archdiocese to the Moscow Patriarchate as presented in the published document ? « . – On 186