Orthodox Churches

The fast of St. Modestos, Patriarch of Jerusalem

The fast of St. Modestos, Patriarch of Jerusalem
The fast of St. Modestos, Patriarch of Jerusalem
The fast of St. Modestos, Patriarch of Jerusalem
The fast of St. Modestos, Patriarch of Jerusalem

On Saturday 18th/31th December 2016, the Patriarchate observed the memory of Saint Modestos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, in his historical monastery located on Abu-Tor hill, opposite Zion hill in the Southern New City of Jerusalem.

The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years

The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years
The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years
The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years
The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island Marks 30 Years

On Sunday the 2nd of October, 2016, His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western American and His Grace THEODOSY Bishop of Seattle made a pastoral visit to the All-Merciful Savior Monastery on Vashon Island, WA, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary its founding.

Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of the Russian Federation

Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of the Russian Federation

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. AleksanderChepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 29 November 2016.

During the audience, Ambassador Chepurin congratulated His Holiness a forthcoming joyful holiday of the Nativity of the Lord wishing him many fruitful years in his Patriarchal ministry. Patriarch Irinej thanked the Ambassador Chepurin for his attention and replied with warm greetings.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokalamsk celebrates rite of uniting to Orthodox Church for those temporarily fallen away

On December 25, 2016, the Twenty-Seventh Sunday of Pentecost, the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers and day of commemoration of St. Spyridon of Tremithus, the Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokalamsk celebrated in the Moscow church of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon of the Mother of God the rite of union with the Orthodox Church for those who have temporarily fallen away from it, defecting into schism or sects.

Alexander Nevsky Sunday School destroyed during shelling of Debaltseve

About ten shells from the front line were fired December 23, 2016 in the city of Debaltseve, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. Shells of no less than a 150 mm caliber were used during the shelling, which are prohibited by the Minsk Accords.

One of the shells fell on the territory of the Alexander Nevsky Church. The Sunday School building was significantly damaged: one wall was fully destroyed, the rest partially. Thankfully there were no children in the building at the time. Windows in the church were broken, the façade was damaged by shrapnel, and the metal door was punctured. A new cupola lying on the ground was also damaged.

Romanian Patriarch, in Christmas sermon: Birth of Christ – God’s programme for life of the world

The birth of Christ represents God’s programme for the life of the world, for salvation or its release from sin and death and its leading to the eternal life of the Kingdom of Heaven, said the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Daniel, in his Christmas sermon.