Orthodox Churches

Message of Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III on the occasion of Christmas 2018

“Make ready, O Bethlehem, let the manger be prepared, Let the Cave show its welcome.
The truth is come the shadow is passed away;
God hath appeared from a Virgin unto men,
Formed as we are and deifying that which He hath assumed.”
(
Plagal of fourth Tone by Sophronius, Patriarch of Jerusalem)

During the joyful Twelve-day festivities of Christmas, and especially on this day of Christ’s Nativity, primarily the Church, celebrates in doxology and thanksgiving but also the whole of humanity, socially participates in the celebration of a supernatural and extraordinary event, a strange and paradox mystery that surpasses any human reasoning.

Epistile of The Synod os Bishops to the Clergy and Flock of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you”(John 14:27).

Having gathered in an expanded session of the Synod of Bishops as we approach the feast day of the Synodal Cathedral of Our Lady “of the Sign” in New York City, we, the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, warmly greet the clergymen and God-loving flock with the all-diaspora celebration of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God “of the Sign”, the “Protectress” of the Russian diaspora.

Assembly of Bishops releases study

Assembly of Bishops releases study
Assembly of Bishops releases study
Assembly of Bishops releases study
Assembly of Bishops releases study

Assembly of Bishops releases study on the Geography of Orthodoxy in America

“Fast Questions and Fast Answers about the Geography of Orthodoxy in America”, the second essay in a group of mini-reports concerning Orthodox Church life in America, was released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America on Wednesday, December 5, 2018.

Belarusian Synod: Full support for the decisions of the Russian Holy Synod

The Holy Synod of the Belarusian Orthodox Church met yesterday, December 11, in the Minsk Diocesan administration building under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, with the participation of 16 hierarchs of the Belarusian Church, including the Exarchs Emeritus His Eminence Metropolitan Philaret, reports the site of the Belarusian Church.

The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai

The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai
The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai
The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai
The Feast of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine in Jerusalim and on Mount Sinai

On Saturday, November 25 / December 8, 2018, the Patriarchate celebrated the commemoration of the Holy Great Martyr Catherine at the Holy Monastery dedicated to her, which lies a stone’s throw away opposite the Patriarchate on the North side, at the heart of the Christian Quarter.

Resolutions of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

On December 7, 2018, a session of the Holy Synod of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church was held in the residence of the primate of the UOC on the territory of the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra in which the hierarchs addressed the upcoming so-called “unification council” and the Ukrainian state’s increasing interference in the life of and persecution against the Church. The portions of the Synod’s report regarding Ukraine are presented here:

20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery

20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery
20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery
20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery
20th anniversary of repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie prayerfully commemorated at Sihastria Monastery

His Grace Bishop Veniamin of Southern Bessarabia on Saturday, Dec. 8, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St Theodora Church of Sihastria Monastery commemorating Archimandrite Cleopas Ilie, one of Romania’s charismatic elders of the past century, on the 20th anniversary of his blessed repose. Elder Cleopas was an abbot of Sihastria Monastery and a well-known spiritual figure of the Romanian Orthodox Church.