Orthodox Churches

Patriarch of Alexandria to The Greek Prime Minister: Hellenism mourins today

To His Excellency the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Alexis Tsipras, Athens.

Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister,  from the Land of the Nile, deeply hurt in soul and heart, we experience the tragic moments which our fellow humans are enduring from the deadly fires in areas of Attica. At this difficult time of sadness and mourning for all Hellenes, we wish to express our personal sincere condolences, as well as those of all the Greeks in Egypt. We declare the unwavering support, sympathy and prayers of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, to all the families of the people who are going through difficult times and stand praying beside them.

Delegations from 12 Local Churches to participate in Baptism of Rus’ celebrations in Ukraine

The festive celebration of the 1,030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ will take place this Friday and Saturday in Kiev, with a moleben on Vladimir Hill and a cross procession to the Kiev Caves Lavra, where the Vigil and Divine Liturgy for the feast of the baptizer of Rus’ St. Vladimir the Great will be celebrated.

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia became ill during Sunday sermon

His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia became ill during his sermon at the Holy Trinity-Sameba Cathedral in Tbilisi on Sunday, reports News-Georgia. According to his personal physician Tsisana Shartava, His Holiness is currently in the patriarchate and his health is in no danger. She also noted that the day before the patriarch had visited the mountain town of Pasanauri in the Mtskheta-Mitianiti region. She suggested that perhaps his blood pressure had dropped due to the change in elevation. The town sits 3,445 ft. above sea level, about 55 miles north of Tbilisi.

Ukrainian primate blesses orphans who lost parents in Donbass conflict

His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the primate of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church, held a pastoral meeting over the weekend, visiting children who had lost their parents in the ongoing military conflict in Donbass. The primatial visitation came during a 20-day vacation that had been arranged for the children with Met. Onuphry’s blessing, reports the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

60,000 faithful venerated relics of St. Elizabeth the New Martyr in Urals

This year’s Royal Days celebrations in the Urals were especially important and festive, with the 100th anniversary of the execution of the holy Royal Martyrs being celebrated on July 17, and the execution of St. Elizabeth the Grand Duchess and sister of Tsarina Alexandra, the Nun Barbara, and Grand Duke Sergei Mikhailovich Romanov, the Princes Ioann Konstantinovich, Konstantin Konstantinovich, Igor Konstantinovich, and Vladimir Pavlovich Paley, and Grand Duke Sergei's secretary Fyodor Remez being celebrated on July 18.

Kiev Caves Lavra-Athos-Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages

80 theologians and academics from 15 countries throughout the world have converged in Kiev today for the opening of the “Kiev Caves Lavra- Athos-Jerusalem: Unity Through the Ages” conference, which is being held today and tomorrow at the Kiev Caves Lavra, reports the International Institute of the Athonite Legacy. In particular, the conference is being attended by representatives from Mt. Athos and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, as well as from the UK, USA, Russia, Belarus, Greece, Israel, Austria, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, the Czech Republic, and Georgia.

Epistle of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York

To My Eminent Brother Archpastors, Honorable Fathers, Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The 20th century was a difficult time for Orthodox Christians on the territory of the Russian Empire, which became the USSR after the Great War, the October Revolution and Civil War. But the more the Church endured persecution, the brighter the lanterns of faith and piety shone in the Russian land. From the Tsar and the members of the Royal Family close to him in spirit, from archpastors and simple monastics, priests, deacons to laypersons came forth a powerful spiritual army of the Church Militant. By 1918, the Russian Church showed two sorts of podvig—that of martyrdom and that of confession. Thank God, today we see how the blood of many millions of the host of Martyrs and Confessors who turned the Russian land red became the seeds of salvation for the spiritual rebirth of our people, in the Fatherland and in the diaspora.