Orthodox Churches

Patriarch Irinej venerated the Relics of St. Matrona of Moscow

Upon his arrival in Moscow,  His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia visited Pokrovsky stauropegial Monastery, where he venerated the relics of St. Matrona of Moscow.

The Patriarch expressed his gratitude to the Very Venerable Mother superior Teophania and her sisterhood for a cordial welcome and hospitality. On behalf of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Bishop John of Domodedev, addressed the Serbian Church delegation.

2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches

The CEC General Assembly will bring together in Novi Sad, Serbia, participants from diverse Christian denominations, ecumenical and faith-based organisations, and EU offices, from across Europe.

The General Assembly will be addressing the biblical theme “You shall be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8) – exploring the Christian values of justice, witness and hospitality.

The Feast of Ascension in Jerusalem

The Feast of Ascension in Jerusalem
The Feast of Ascension in Jerusalem
The Feast of Ascension in Jerusalem
The Feast of Ascension in Jerusalem

On Thursday May 4/17, 2018, the Patriarchate celebrated the Feast of the Ascension at the place where the Lord was ascended in heaven before the eyes of His Holy Disciples, the Holy Shrine of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of Polish Orthodox Church

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of Polish Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of Polish Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of Polish Orthodox Church
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Primate of Polish Orthodox Church

On 18 May 2018, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Poland. At the residence of Primates of the Polish Orthodox Church, the DECR chairman met with His Beatitude Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland.

Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) celebrates farewell Liturgy at Sretensky Monastery

His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov and Porkhov, newly appointed to that position, celebrated his farewell Divine Liturgy at Moscow’s Sretensky Monastery today.

Thousands gathered in the monastery’s Church of the Resurrection of Christ and the New Martyrs and Confessors of the Russian Church for Vladyka Tikhon’s heartfelt and moving last service as the abbot of the monastery that he had led into renewal beginning in the mid-1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

New Orthodox church consecrated in Republic of the Congo

A new Orthodox church, named in honor of the Holy Martyr Photini, known in the Gospels as the Samaritan Woman, was consecrated on Sunday May 6, the day when the holy Church read the Gospel account of her meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ at the well, in the Republic of the Congo’s coastal city of Pointe Noire, reports Sedmitza. The new church is already the third Orthodox parish in the city.

New Book of Hours published in Chinese

A new liturgical book has been published in two Chinese translations for the enrichment of the daily prayer and liturgical life of the Orthodox faithful in China.

The new Chinese version of The Book of Hours contains the texts of the 1st, 3rd, 6th, and 9th Hours, and of Vespers, Matins, Compline, and the Midnight Office, reports the site of the Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Hong Kong.

The texts have been compiled into and published in three volumes, referring to the classical translation of the Beijing Ecclesiastical Mission. Proper names in the text have been translated in accordance with the Chinese Union Version Bible text.