Orthodox Churches

Saint Stephen’s feast in Jerusalem

Saint Stephen’s feast in Jerusalem
Saint Stephen’s feast in Jerusalem
Saint Stephen’s feast in Jerusalem
Saint Stephen’s feast in Jerusalem

On Saturday, 27 December 2020/ 9 January 2021, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of the Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen.

Christmas in Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Christmas in Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Christmas in Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Christmas in Patriarchate of Jerusalem
Christmas in Patriarchate of Jerusalem

On Thursday, 25 December 2020 / 7 January 2021, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Christ at the place of Christ’s Nativity in the flesh, in Bethlehem, according to the Typikon Order of the Church and the Status Quo.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York celebrates Nativity services at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign”

Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York celebrates Nativity services at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign”
Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York celebrates Nativity services at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign”
Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York celebrates Nativity services at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign”
Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York celebrates Nativity services at the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign”

Festal services for the Nativity of Christ were held in the Synodal Cathedral of the Sign in New York City. On Wednesday evening, January 6, 2021, an all-night vigil was officiated by Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, co-served by Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal and Canada and Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan – and on Thursday, January 7, Metropolitan Hilarion celebrated Divine Liturgy, co-served by Bishop Nicholas, as well as cathedral clergy: Cathedral Dean Archpriest Andrei Sommer, Archpriest Edward Chervinsky, Protodeacon Nicolas Mokhoff, and Hierodeacon Panteleimon (Jigalin). The Synodal choir sang marvelously under the direction of conductor Vadim S. Gan.

John, Bishop of Caracas and South America: Nativity Epistle 2020

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons (Gal. 4. 4-5).

By His ineffable and inscrutable providence and love, the pre-eternal Son of God descends from heaven and, for our salvation, becomes incarnate in the womb of the most pure Virgin. Without ceasing to be perfect God, He becomes perfect man.

Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates Divine Liturgy on the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker in Bari

On 19th December 2020, commemoration day of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, while on a working visit to Bari, Italy, officiated at the Divine Liturgy in the Basilica of St. Nicholas, on the holy relics of this saint.