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.
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-Fominsk5. August 2014 - 11:34
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
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.
The feast of Prophet Elijah Celebrated was celebrated at the St. Eilias Church – Al Tabale in Damascus. Patriarch John X of Antioch and All East led the celebrations. Divine Liturgy was observed and several many faithful took part in the feast and received blessings from the hierarch of the Church of Antioch. Prayers were made for global peace.
An exhibition dedicated to the 700th anniversary of the birth of one of the most venerated Orthodox saints – St. Sergius of Radonezh, has opened in Washington, reports ITAR-TASS.
The exposition is located at the Russian Center of Science and Culture in the capital of the USA. Several dozen photographs of rare icons of St. Sergius, images of the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra as well as photographs made during the official solemn celebrations on the occasion of the Orthodox feast in Sergyiev Posad in the Moscow region are on exhibit.