Orthodox Churches

Day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius to to become offical holiday in Serbia

Minister of Culture and Mass Communications Vladan Bukosavlevic says he is certain that Serbia will celebrate the day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius this year as an official state holiday, thereby, he emphasized, “filling the cultural gap” between Serbia and other Slavic nations.

“We are currently the only Slavic country where the day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius isn’t a state holiday. All the other countries celebrate it as a state holiday, and it’s a non-working day,” Bukosavlevic stated at a press conference yesterday.

2,000 candles being lit today in Moscow in honor of abortion victims

Activists of the All-Russian “For Life!” public movement will light 2,000 candles today in memory of children who have lost their lives to the terror of abortion. According to official statistics, 2,000 abortions are performed daily in the Russian Federation. Despite the demographic crisis and conservative majority, Russian retains its ultra-liberal legislation on abortion, outpacing countries like France and Germany, reports the movement’s website.

First Orthodox chapel in Iceland consecrated

First Orthodox chapel in Iceland consecrated
First Orthodox chapel in Iceland consecrated
First Orthodox chapel in Iceland consecrated
First Orthodox chapel in Iceland consecrated

The consecration of the temporary chapel of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker took place on Wednesday in Reykjavik at the construction site of the future site of the first Orthodox church in Iceland, the Russian embassy in Iceland reported to RIA-Novosti.

Archimandrite Placide (Deseilles) buried in France

Archimandrite Placide (Deseilles) buried in France
Archimandrite Placide (Deseilles) buried in France
Archimandrite Placide (Deseilles) buried in France
Archimandrite Placide (Deseilles) buried in France

The burial of the beloved patrologist, theologian, and spiritual father Schema-Archimandrite Placide (Deseilles) took place yesterday at the Monastery of St. Anthony the Great, a podvoriye of the Athonite Simenopetra Monastery, in Saint-Laurent-en-Royans, France, reports Russian Athos.

Père Placide Deseille has gone to his rest in the Lord

At one o’clock, midday, on 7 January (2018), the day when the Orthodox Church honours the Synaxis of the Honourable Forerunner, Archimandrite Placide Deseille departed this life at the age of 91.

Born on 16 April, 1926, in Issy-les-Moulineaux, in France, Père Placide became a monk at the Cistercian monastery of Bellefontaine, at the age of 16.

Icons captured by terrorists being returned to Syria

Icons that had been stolen by terrorists are being returned to the churches of the Syrian city of Maaloula, city administration representative Joseph Capladin announced on Sunday, reports Interfax-Religion.

“Five icons are located at the patriarchate in Damascus; three have already been returned to our churches. The icons were intercepted in a town on the Syrian-Lebanese border, where militants had taken them to be sold on the black market,” he reported.

Orthodox children in Syrian Latakia received Christmas gifts from Moscow parish

Orthodox children in Syrian Latakia received Christmas gifts from Moscow parish
Orthodox children in Syrian Latakia received Christmas gifts from Moscow parish
Orthodox children in Syrian Latakia received Christmas gifts from Moscow parish
Orthodox children in Syrian Latakia received Christmas gifts from Moscow parish

The Russian Center for Reconciliation of Warring Parties and the Russian national organization of veterans ‘Fighting Brotherhood’ have brought to Syria and handed over to the Sunday school of the church of St. John the Baptist (Patriarchate of Antioch) Christmas gifts and school stationary collected by the Sunday school children and parishioners of the church of the Finding of the Lord’s Sepulcher in Moscow.