Regular Sunday services for deaf and hearing-impaired people have commenced at the lower Church of Sts. Andrew and Vladimir of the Resurrection Cathedral [which has been under construction since 2007] of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev. The first Divine Liturgy with sign language translations was celebrated there on October 2 and headed by Bishop Varsonofy of Borodyanka.
On the afternoon of Friday, the 17th/30th of September 2016, the Ukrainian President, Mr Petro Poroshenko, accompanied by his country’s delegation to the funeral of former Israeli President, Shimon Peres, visited the Patriarchate.
On 29th September, a new monument to Tsesarevich Alexei Nikolaevich was unveiled in the courtyard of St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in the Crimean city of Yalta. The site was chosen in memory of the historic visit for the consecration of the cathedral by Emperor Nicholas II and his family in 1902.
From September 27 to October 3, 2016, Youth Theological Meetings are being held in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhniy Novgorod, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The events are organized by the Churches in Europe working group of the St. Petersburg Dialogue forum. This project enables students of theological departments of German universities to familiarize themselves with the system of higher religious education in Russia and to establish academic contacts.
A ballot for the new abbot of the Russian St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos was held on October 2, 2016, with Hierodeacon Evlogy (Ivanov) being chosen as the new superior, reports a correspondent of Russian Athos.
The voting procedure was according to the standing so-called “Athos Constitution,” approved by the Greek administration and parliament in 1926, according to which monks having been tonsured for no less than six years (or for those tonsured in another monastery, having lived in the monastery for the aforementioned timeframe) are allowed to participate in voting. Thus, thirty-seven of the 103 monks laboring in the monastery took part in the vote. The election was conducted by secret ballot in two rounds.
The newly-elected igumen will be enthroned after the confirmation of the Sacred Community of Mt. Athos and the Patriarch of Constantinople.
Hierodeacon Evlogy (in the world Michael Nikolaievich Ivanov) is a native of the Chelyabinsk region, born on October 12, 1958. He was tonsured into the mantia in the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra on November 25, 1985, and ordained there on December 23, 1986. He entered St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on May 15, 1988, carrying out his obedience at the monastery’s podvoriye in Constantinople.
With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archimandrite Sergius, Abbot of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA and Hierodeacon Maximus visited the Orthodox Church in Japan in July 2016. During their visit, Archimandrite Sergius was given relics of Saint Nicholas of Japan, which have been placed in the Monastery Church of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk and Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the Orthodox Church in America Chancery, Syosset, NY.