It was simply a most glorious celebration of the Epiphany on the Jordan River today according to the Old Julian calendar.
There were hundreds of priests, nuns and thousands of people from all walks of life coming to the precious site where over 2,000 years ago “…the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him…” (Matthew 3:13-17) It was so wonderful to see many local people in addition to internationals for this grand celebration.
A great number of faithful Orthodox Christians travel to Thessalonica to the tomb of St. Paisios the Athonite, who canonized on January 13, 2015 by the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in order to pay respect and pray.
Approximately 1.500 pilgrims visit the Greek Monastery of Saint John the Theologian every week, a number which is expected to increase within the coming months. Visitors arrive from many areas of Greece and from the whole world, especially from Russia.
On 15 January 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Nicodimos Metropolitan of Memphis, the Chairman of the Hellenic Community of Cairo Mr. Christos Kavalis and the Very Reverend Archimandrite Michael Zakis, visited the renovated Hospital of the Patriarchate in Heliopolis in Cairo.
His Beatitude inspected the renovated patient wards, blessed the new technological equipment of the Hospital, particularly those for cardiac incidents and in conclusion, congratulated the Director, the doctors and the nursing staff, wishing them all the best for the new year.
At the dawn of Wednesday the 1st/14th of January 2015, fire broke out in three rooms opposite the Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul in the Monastery of Capernaum. The fire was caused by a short circuit.
Because of the fire spread, three rooms, two of which served as candle making workshops, were completely ruined.
Primate of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch Patriarch John X Yazigi congratulated His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for naming him a “Humanitarian Leader” and Kuwait as a “Humanitarian Center” by the UN.