Orthodox Churches

Procession of the cross in honour of St. John of Rila starts in Bulgaria

The fifth procession of the cross, “The Wonder-Worker of Rila”, in honor of the first Bulgarian hermit Venerable John (Ivan) of Rila (c. 876-946; feast: October 19/November 1) has started in the Bulgarian capital, reports the official website of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria.

On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau

On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau
On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau
On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau
On his 25th anniversary of Arch-pastoral service Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau

This year’s feast of Kazan Icon of the Theotokos marked the 25th anniversary of His Eminence Vladimir’s arch-pastoral ordination.

On Monday, 21st July, His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral of Chisinau, assisted by Moldovan clergy, praying for, and supported by numerous church-goers seeking spiritual food and elevation.

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane

His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane
His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine Visits Russian Gethsemane

On Monday, August 4, 2014, the feast day of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Russian Convent in Gethsemane marked the occasion with Divine Liturgy in its “Royal” Church. Officiating was His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Overseer of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem. He was joined by Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Chief of the REM, as well as visiting clergymen.

New York Street may be Named in Honor of Holy Patriarch Tikhon

The Northern Cross Historical Society of Russian Compatriots in the USA has proposed naming a street in New York City after Holy Patriarch Tikhon (Belavin) of Moscow and All Russia (1865-1925), reports ITAR-TASS.

This initiative is supported by Russians and Orthodox Americans living in New York, hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and the Patriarchal parishes in the USA.

“The petition concerning this will be submitted to the mayor’s office in the next few days, in September it will go through the City Council, and we feel certain that in the coming months we will have a Patriarch Tikhon Street in the city,” said the president of the Northern Cross Society, Yuri Sandulov. It is supposed to extend along East 97th Street from Park Avenue to Fifth Avenue.

On Centenary of Russia’s Entry into World War I, Patriarch Kirill Celebrated Liturgy At Memorial Church Of St. George and Headed the Consecration of Archimandrite Ioann (Rochshin) as Bishop of Naro-Fominsk

On August 1, 2014, the Day of the Founding of the Relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Memorial Church of St. George the Conqueror on Poklonnaya Hill in Moscow. On that day one hundred years ago, Russia entered into World War I.

During the liturgy, Archimandrite Ioann (Rochshin) was consecrated as Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, Vicar of the Diocese of Moscow.

His Holiness was assisted by high-ranking church hierarchs and Moscow clergy. Among the worshippers were Kaliningrad Governor N. Tsukanov, Western Administrative District Prefect A. Alexandrov and other city officials.

After the Prayer of Fervent Supplication, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church lifted up a prayer for peace in Ukraine.

The congregation also prayed for the repose of the souls of “servants of God, Orthodox Christians, commanders and soldiers who gave their lives in the battlefield for the faith, tsar and Fatherland during World War I”.

Source: Moscow Patriarchate

Prophet Elias commemorated in Maaloule near Nazareth

 On Saturday, the 13th/26th of July 2014, the memory of the Prophet Elias the Thesbite was commemorated in advance at the Church dedicated to him in the area of Maaloule, a suburb of Nazareth.