On 26 November 2014, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa convened at an appointed Session under the Chairmanship of His Beatitude Theodoros II, in the Board Room of the Holy Synod.
Prior to the Session a Divine Liturgy was served at the Patriarchal Chapel of Ss Theodori. The meeting began immediately thereafter. The deliberations were opened by His Beatitude, greeting the Synodal members. His Eminence Makarios Metropolitan of Kenya replied on behalf of their Metropolitans and Bishops. His Beatitude briefed the Holy Synod at length on the work undertaken during the past year in all facets of the Ecclesiastical ministry of the Patriarchate.
On December 8, 2014, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will head the consecration of the Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh at the theological and educational center of the Tsarskoe Selo Deanery, reports the Synodal Information Department.
The 2014 marks the 50th year of theological dialogue for unity between Orthodox Eastern Churches and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. The working group met for first unofficial dialogue meeting between the Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox in Aarhus, Denmark, 1964.
There have been official and unofficial consultations and joint efforts to overcome the ancient schism in the eastern Christendom.
The Byzantine Music School is now a wonderful reality. It represents not only the resurrection of a millennial tradition, but also a qualitative step in preparing chanters with extensive knowledge of Byzantine music, as well as music in general. Sunday the 16th of November was a historic day, because the first generation of professional chanters graduated.
On Friday, the 8th/21st of November 2014, the Synaxis of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and all the heavenly powers was celebrated at the Monastery dedicated to them, in the Christian quarter between the Monasteries of St George and St Catherine, at a close distance to the north of the Patriarchate.
Residents of the Bulgarian port city of Varna have celebrated Christian Family Day with a procession of the cross, carrying copies of two wonder-working icons: “The Queen of All” (“Pantanassa”) Icon of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos and the Moldovan Icon of Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer from the Bulgarian Athonite Zograf Monastery,1 reports Pravoslavie.bg.