Orthodox Churches

Archbishop Theophan of Berlin and Germany reposes in the Lord

The ruling hierarch of Berlin and Germany of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archbishop Theophan, departed in the Lord today, in his 64th year of life, reports Igumen Daniel Irbits, the archbishop’s secretary and abbot of St. George Monastery in Hetzendorf, on his Facebook page.

“It’s hard for me to gather my thoughts now; it pains me to write these lines… Today at 3:00 PM, after a prolonged illness, our Archbishop Theophan of Berlin and Germany departed to the Lord… Please pray!” Fr. Daniel announced on social media.

The beginning of a new school year in the Prizren Seminary

The beginning of a new school year in the Prizren Seminary
The beginning of a new school year in the Prizren Seminary
The beginning of a new school year in the Prizren Seminary
The beginning of a new school year in the Prizren Seminary

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, dean of the Prizren Seminary, during the Holy Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Saint George in Prizren on 3 September 2017, the prayer of supplication was read for the invocation of the Holy Spirit on the occasion of the beginning of a new school year at the Prizren Seminary.

Archimandrite Sava, abbot of the Decani Monastery,  celebrated the Liturgy, with the concelebration of the clergy from the Prizren Seminary.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece

On 4 September 2017, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, the chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations began his visit to Greece.

25-year project of Belarusian New Testament released

Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavel, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, headed a solemn presentation of the new translation of the New Testament into Belarusian. The publication is the result of 25 years of labor, reports the site of the Belarusian Orthodox Church.

Religious communities in Russia find as successful the development of joint project for aid to Syrian population

August 30, 2017 – the interreligious working group for aid to the Syrian population under the Presidential Council for Cooperation with Religious Association met for its regular session at the Moscow residence of the Armenian Apostolic Church’s Diocese of Russia and Novo-Nakhichevan.

Chinese man travels thousands of miles to be baptized

Another adult Baptism recently took place on the banks of the Haliacmon River, the longest river contained entirely in Greece, flowing 185 miles through the Greek regions of West Macedonia and Central Macedonia, reports Romfea.

This time the new convert traveled thousands of miles from far away China to be baptized at the humble Monastery of the Virgin Kallipetras, in Veria, in northern Greece. The monastery is a male coenobium, dating back to at least 1100 AD. The name of the monastery is connected with a huge rocky column nearby, known as “Kallipetra.” St. Gregory Palamas is among the many saints who have lived and struggled there.

The former Su, now Constantine, received the gifts of the Holy Spirit with exemplary devotion, fasting, and prayer, on Saturday, September 2. The Baptism was celebrated by the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Palamas, reports inveria.gr.