On September 27, 2014, the first Orthodox Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the small town of Caldas da Raigha in central Portugal.
The service became possible thanks to numerous requests from the faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church residing in the region, the website of the Diocese of Chersonese reports.
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the rector of the Community of St. Xenia of St. Petersburg in Faro, Archpriest Ioann Gerovetsky, and Hegumen Petr (Prutyanu) at the old 16th century Catholic church of the Holy Spirit.
The Clergy-Laity Assembly of the Orthodox Autocephalous Church of Albania was convened within a fraternal atmosphere, on the 26th and 27th of September, 2014, at the premises of the New Monastery of St. Vlash, and under the chairmanship of His Beatitude, Archbishop of Tirana, Durrës and All Albania, Anastasios. More than 200 members participated in the work of the Assembly; they came from the Archdiocese of Tirana and three Metropolises (24 clergy and 24 laity people from each metropolis; 8 men, 8 women and 8 youth), as well as associates. They discussed issues related to the life of the Church at the general meeting of the membership and in smaller workgroups; and also made proposals for their implementation in Albanian society today.
On 29 September 2014, the constitutive meeting of the Church National Assembly of the Romanian Orthodox Church for the period 2014 – 2018 was held in Bucharest, under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of Romania.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America commenced its fifth annual meeting Monday, September 15, with a Pan-Orthodox Clergy-Laity Gathering in Dallas, Texas.
Some two hundred people attended, including more than 30 bishops representing the member jurisdictions of the Assembly. The evening began with a Doxology—a service of thanksgiving—presided over by the Chairman of the Assembly, Archbishop Demetrios of America. His Eminence welcomed those in attendance, remarking that the Doxology was an opportunity to thank God for all His gifts and for bringing the Assembly together once again. His Eminence expressed his wish that the evening would make the faithful more aware of the sacred and great work that the Lord is doing through the Assembly.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Liturgy at the place of Christ’s Baptism on feast day of Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos22. September 2014 - 14:37
On 21 September 2014, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, who is in Jordan to participate in a plenary session of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches, visited the Russian Pilgrims’ House at the place of the Baptism of Jesus Christ.