Orthodox Churches

President Pavlopoulos in Panagia Sumela

The President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, will visit tomorrow the Holy Monastery of “Panagia Sumela” to attend the festivities on the occasion of the Anniversary of the Dormition of Virgin Mary.  At 10:00, President Pavlopoulos will arrive at the Church of the Dormition of Theotokos on the site of the Holy Pilgrimage (Kastania Imathias).

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrates Divine Liturgy at the Church of Nativity of Christ in the city of Tagaytay

On 10th August 2019, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, while on a working visit to the Philippines, in concelebration with Metropolitan Sergy of Singapore and Southeast Asia, Patriarchal Exarch of Southeast Asia, and Metropolitan Pavel of Khanty-Mansiysk and Surgut, acting administrator of the diocese of the Philippines and Vietnam, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Nativity of Christ in the city of Tagaytay.

The editions of the Albanian Church in an international book fair

In the “International Book Fair” in the coastal city of Durres, which took place on August 8-11, 2019, the Albanian Orthodox Church participated with its rich publications.  The Parish of Apostle Paul and St. Asti of Durres successfully operated a kiosk, visited by thousands of people. The publishing activity of the Church of Albania has been great for nearly 28 years, since Archbishop Anastasios wanted God’s word to reach every home in Albania’s most remote villages.

The Ecumenical Patriarch departed for his birthplace

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, accompanied by Great Ecclesiarch Benjamin, Patriarchal Hierodeacon Aetios Nikiforos, Monk Ezekiel of the monastery of St. George Koudounas on Princes’ islands and Panagiotis Grafiadelis of the Patriarchate Secretaries departed at Tuesday noon, August 13, for his hometown in Imbros, to officiate at the Divine Liturgy and to attend to other religious and cultural events, for the celebration of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.  The Ecumenical Patriarch will return to Constantinople on Friday, August 16.

Festive procession with relics of St. Spyridon held on Corfu in honor of defeat of Turks

Festive procession with relics of St. Spyridon held on Corfu in honor of defeat of Turks
Festive procession with relics of St. Spyridon held on Corfu in honor of defeat of Turks
Festive procession with relics of St. Spyridon held on Corfu in honor of defeat of Turks
Festive procession with relics of St. Spyridon held on Corfu in honor of defeat of Turks

A great annual tradition was again honored on the Greek island of Corfu on Sunday, in celebration of a miracle worked by the island’s patron saint more than 300 years ago.

The Divine Liturgy in honor of St. Spyridon was celebrated in the morning, followed by a procession throughout the old city of Kerkyra with his holy relics. The holy march was led by His Eminence Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu, Paxos, and the Diapontian Islands, together with five other metropolitans from the Church of Greece, reports Romfea.

Memory of Saint Irene the Empress

Today, our Church commemorates the Holy Irene the Empress, later Nun Xeni.  Saint Irene lived in the 12th century AD. and had various virtues. This was noticed by Emperor Alexios Komnenos and so he married her with his son John, so called Good-Ioannis, because of his many gifts.  The virtuous Empress Irene spent generously on charities. She took advantage of the opportunities she had and built nursing homes and hostels, and left large sums of money for their safe and comfortable maintenance. But then she experienced great tribulations. Her husband died in an expedition to Syria in 1143 AD. Later, the same thing happened to both of her four children. Then Irene wanted to find relief in her sorrows in solitary life.

Thus, with the consent of the king’s son Manuel, she withdrew to the monastery of Pantocrator, where she became a nun, renamed Xeni. There she found her death and was buried with as much simplicity as she wished. Shortly before she died she was saying that “Queen Irene had died long ago”, and only Xeni remained.

International Conference on the Theological Legacy of Archpriest George Florovsky

The Ecumenical Patriarchate is organizing an International Conference in Istanbul, titled “The theological legacy of Archpriest George Florovsky,” Sept. 1-3, 2019, on the 40-year anniversary of his passing.  His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will inaugurate the International Conference which will be attended by hierarchs, clergy, distinguished university professors and theologians from universities from around the world.