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The Feast of the Transfiguration at the Patriarchate (2015)

The Feast of the Transfiguration at the Patriarchate (2015)
The Feast of the Transfiguration at the Patriarchate (2015)
The Feast of the Transfiguration at the Patriarchate (2015)
The Feast of the Transfiguration at the Patriarchate (2015)

On Wednesday the 6th/19th of August 2015, the Patriarchate observed the feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in commemoration of the event cited by the Evangelists (Matthew 17, 1-8), namely that the Lord took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up Mount Tabor. There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.  Then the voice of the Father was heard from a cloud, saying: “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” as Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah” so that by means of that view, namely the revelation of His divine nature He would demonstrate man’s beauty before the fall and the possibility for man to regain it by grace.

The Transfiguration was celebrated:

1. On Mount Tabor, where the event took place, on the night of the feast, as Patriarch Theophilos officiated. Co-officiating were: Metropolitan Timotheos of Vostra, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Bishop Polycarpos of Tanagra, Greece, Hagiotaphite Hieromonks as the Hegoumen of Kana, Archimandrite Chrysostomos, and Archimandrite Paisios, Greek Orthodox Arabic-speaking presbyters and priests visiting from Russia, Greece, Romania and Ukraine, father Georgios from the Metropolis of Ilia, Greece, and the Patriarchal Commissioner of Accra-Ptolemais, Archimandrite Philotheos. A pious congregation of pilgrims from Greece, Russia, Romania and locals from the area of Northern Israel attended the service in piety.

To the faithful His Beatitude preached the Word of God in Greek.

Immediately afterwards, with the fear of God, faith and love, a large crowd proceeded to receive Communion for repentance, sanctification and eternal life. Before the Apolysis, the Patriarch read the prayer of the grapes, after which Archimandrite Hilarion hosted the Patriarchal retinue to a reception at the Hegoumeneion.

On the morning of the feast, Metropolitan Kyriakos of Nazareth led the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Transfiguration. Co-officiating were Arabic-speaking Presbyters and Archimandrite Ieronymos.

At noon, Archimandrite Hilarion hosted a festive fish meal.

2. In Gethsemane

At the Tomb of the Mother of God in Gethsemane, the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord was observed with a divine Liturgy, led by Archbishop Demetrios of Lydda with Hagiotaphite Hieromonks co-officiating. The service was attended by a pious congregation of locals and Greek pilgrims, hosted by the Hegoumen, Archimandrite Nektarios.

3. In Ramallah

At the Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ramallah, the feast was observed by means of a Divine Liturgy led by Archbishop Philoumenos of Pella in the presence of a large crowd of Greek Orthodox Arabic-speaking residents of the town participating en masse in the sacrament of the Holy Communion.

After Communion, the blessing of the grapes and the Apolysis, Archimandrite Galaktion hosted the Primates to the Hegoumeneion, followed by fish meal at a town restaurant.

Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I Decorated with the Steward of Creation Award

  On Thursday, August 6, 2015, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was awarded the Steward of Creation Award by the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care, an interfaith organization that regularly represents environmental positions before the US Congress, the White House and other government agencies. Past recipients include Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben and James Hansen.

Polish Orthodoxy—the Feast of the Suprasl Icon of the Mother of God

Polish Orthodoxy—the Feast of the Suprasl Icon of the Mother of God
Polish Orthodoxy—the Feast of the Suprasl Icon of the Mother of God
Polish Orthodoxy—the Feast of the Suprasl Icon of the Mother of God
Polish Orthodoxy—the Feast of the Suprasl Icon of the Mother of God

On July 27-28/August 9-10 hundreds of pilgrims attended the feast of the Suprasl Icon of the Mother of God at the Suprasl Monastery in Gródek, Poland. Founded in 1498 by bishop of Smolensk Jozef Sołtan (later metropolitan of Kiev), the monastery became the largest spiritual center in the Great Principality of Lithuania in the sixteenth century, with the majority of the monks coming from the great monasteries of Kiev.

Mtskheta among the 20 most beautiful heritage sites of UNESCO

According to the online website Condé Nast Traveler the historical monuments of Mtskheta are among the 20 most beautiful UNESCO world heritage sites.“

The former capital of Georgia referred to as the spiritual heart of the country, has three picturesque, cliff top medieval churches. Sadly, lack of preservation and unaddressed deterioration of the architecture and artwork have landed this site on UNESCO’s “at-risk” list.” said Lianna Trubowitz the contributor to Conde Nast Traveler.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will receive Doctorate Honoris Causa at St. Vladimir's

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will bestow a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, upon His Holiness Irinej (Gavrilovic), archbishop of Peć, metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, and patriarch of Serbia. Patriarch Irinej will also deliver a presentation titled "Theology as a Hope for the Future of the Church."

The patriarch will arrive on the seminary campus, briefly visit Three Hierarchs Chapel, and then proceed to the Academic Convocation. The public ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building, and will include a Q & A session between the patriarch and attendees. An open reception will follow.

His Holiness Irinej, the 45th Patriarch of Serbia, was enthroned in his position on January 2010. His Holiness was ordained as a Hieromonk in 1959, and was both a professor and rector of Prizren Seminary. He also served as Bishop of Moravica and Nis prior to his election as patriarch.

Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria arriving to Russia

His Beatitude Theodore II, Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, will be on private pilgrimage to the Russian Orthodox Church from August 19 to 20, 2015.His Beatitude will visit the Solovki Monastery of the Transfiguration, and the dioceses of Irkutsk and Yekaterinburg.

It is expected that during his visit His Beatitude will meet with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

DECR staff member takes part in meeting of Old Believers from all over the world

 On 3-9 August 2015, the 9th World Congress of the International Council for Central and Eastern European Studies took place at the Kanda University of International Studies in the city of Makuhari, Japan.