The Heir to the throne of Georgia and the head of the oldest Orthodox royal dinasty in the world, His Royal Highness Prince Davit Bagrationi-Moukhraneli Batonshvilli of Georgia bestowed upon His Eminence Metropolitan of East America and New York, the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and Archbishop of Australia-New Zealand kyr kyr Hilarion, the highest distinction of the eminent dinasty - the Royal order of the Eagle of Georgia.
By decision of the Holy Synod, saints recently glorified by the Serbian Orthodox Church will be included in the menalogion of the Russian Orthodox Church.The twentieth century was a time of testing of faith for the Serbian Church, as it was for the Russian Church. The lives of monastic saints and martyrs glorifiedby the Serbian Church in 2010 are evidence of this, reports Tserkovnyi Vestnik [Church Herald].
On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America.
The hierarchs issued the following statement at the conclusion of their meeting.
“To the Venerable Clergy, Devout Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America:
“Beloved in Christ, Glory to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever!
His Beatitude address of welcome to H.E. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on the occasion of his visit to the baptism site Jordan10. July 2012 - 12:43
Address of Welcome to His Excellency Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, President of the Russian Federation on the Occasion of his Visit to the Baptism Site Jordan.
Esteemed Vladimir Vladimirovich,
Your Royal Highness,
Dear distinguished guest,
We welcome you, Your Excellency, to this Holy Site where Our Lord Jesus Christ received baptism at the hands of the Holy Forerunner John the Baptist. From the earliest days of the life of the Church, pilgrims have come here, as you have done today, not simply to commemorate the event of Our Lord’s baptism, but also to re commit themselves to their own spiritual renewal.
Address of welcome Of His Excellency Vladimir Putin on the occasion on his visit to the Church Of The Nativity.10. July 2012 - 12:40
Address of Welcome His Excellency Vladimir Viadimirovich Putin President of the Russian Federation on the Occasion of his Visit to the Church of the Nativity Bethlehem.
Esteemed Vladimir Viadimirovich,
It is written “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach good news”. ( Rom, 10:15).
Your Excellency, Vladimir Viadimirovich, this morning we welcome you with joy to Bethlehem and to the Church of the Nativity, the place where Joy burst Into the life of the world Here, where the Eternal Logos became man, earth and heaven were joined, and the angels rejoiced;
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with youth delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia10. July 2012 - 11:29
On 8 July 2012, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia met with the delegation of young people from six dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. The meeting took place in the Red Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The delegation arrived in Russia within the programme of the celebration marking the fifth anniversary of the restoration of canonical unity within the Russian Orthodox Church.
Taking part in the meeting were Bishop Panteleimon of Smolensk and Vyazma, chairman of the Synodal Department for Church Charity and Social Ministry; Bishop Theodosius of Seattle, vicar of the San Francisco and Western American diocese (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia); and archpriest Andrei Sommer, deputy chairman of the Synodal Youth Department (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia).