Orthodox Churches

First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan

First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan
First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan
First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan
First Divine Liturgy celebrated at St. Nicholas Monastery in Japan

Three weeks after the primate of the Japanese Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo and All Japan, celebrated a moleben of thanksgiving in the new Church of the “It Is Truly Meet” Icon of the Mother of God at the Monastery of St. Nicholas of Japan, the monastery experienced another great spiritual joy.

The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos

The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos
The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos
The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos
The 13th Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos

On Thursday, November 9/22, 2018, the Patriarchate of Jerusalem celebrated the 13th  Enthronement Anniversary of His Beatitude our Father and Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos, at the glorious Throne of the Mother of Churches. For this extremely significant event in favour of the strengthening and unity of the Church of Jerusalem, there was a Doxology Service at the All-holy Church of the Resurrection.

In a letter sent to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill His Beatitude Patriarch John of Antioch thanked the Russian Orthodox Church for rendering aid to the civilian population of Syria

In his letter sent to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Great Antioch and All the East expressed his gratitude to the Russian Orthodox Church for the assistance that it gives to the people affected by the war in Syria.

The letter reads, in particular, “Remembering the sacrifice of Christ, we cannot forget or ignore the sacrifices of the great Russian nation and Russian Church, alongside the sacrifices of the Antiochian Church and her faithful on the Syrian ground. All these sacrifices have taken place, in order to save Syria and to preserve the honor and dignity of its citizens in this historical and holy part of the world; a place that has been witnessing for Christ for more than 2000 years.”

The Feast of the Synaxis of Holy Archangels in Joppa

The Feast of the Synaxis of Holy Archangels in Joppa
The Feast of the Synaxis of Holy Archangels in Joppa
The Feast of the Synaxis of Holy Archangels in Joppa
The Feast of the Synaxis of Holy Archangels in Joppa

On Wednesday, November 8/21, 2018, the Patriarchate celebrated the feast of the Synaxis of Archangels Michael and Gabriel and of all the heavenly hosts in Joppa, at the Holy Monastery of the Patriarchate dedicated to Archangel Michael. The Church of the monastery had been completely destroyed by a fire and it was then rebuilt from its foundations by the Hegoumen Most Reverend Archbishop Damascene of Joppa.

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia baptized 700+ children in 56th mass ceremony

Patriarch Ilia of Georgia baptized 700+ children in 56th mass ceremony
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia baptized 700+ children in 56th mass ceremony
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia baptized 700+ children in 56th mass ceremony
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia baptized 700+ children in 56th mass ceremony

His Holiness Patriarch-Catholicos Ilia II of Georgia, the most beloved and trusted man in the nation, has celebrated his 56th mass Baptism ceremony at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, the site of the Georgian Orthodox Church reports.   

Bulgarian Church celebrates 70th anniversary of martyrdom of Met. Boris of Nevrokop

Bulgarian Church celebrates 70th anniversary of martyrdom of Met. Boris of Nevrokop
Bulgarian Church celebrates 70th anniversary of martyrdom of Met. Boris of Nevrokop
Bulgarian Church celebrates 70th anniversary of martyrdom of Met. Boris of Nevrokop
Bulgarian Church celebrates 70th anniversary of martyrdom of Met. Boris of Nevrokop

On November 8, the Bulgarian Orthodox Church marked 70 years from the martyrdom of His Eminence Metropolitan Boris (Razumov) of Nevrokop who is widely venerated as a saint. October 26 also marked the 130th anniversary of his birth in the Bulgarian village of Gyavato.

The 60th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church representation celebrated in Damascus

The 60th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church representation celebrated in Damascus
The 60th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church representation celebrated in Damascus
The 60th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church representation celebrated in Damascus
The 60th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church representation celebrated in Damascus

On November 18, 2018, festive events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Damascus Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church were held in the Syrian capital city. The Divine Liturgy at the Representation’s church of the Holy Martyr Ignatius the God-Bearer was celebrated by His Holiness John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East. He was assisted by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations (DECR), Metropolitans George of Homs, Basil of Akkar, Nicholas of Hama; Niphon of Philippople, representative of the Patriarch of Antioch to the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; Athanasius of Latakia; as well as several bishops and clergy of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Among the concelebrants were also the rector of the ROC Damascus Representation Archimandrite Philip (Vasiltsev), and the representative of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia to the Patriarch of Antioch Hegumen Arseny (Sokolov), and the DECR secretary for inter-Christian relations Hieromonk Stephan (Igumnov).