Orthodox Churches

Patronal feast day Liturgy celebrated for first time in 80 years in Tatarstan church desecrated as slaughter house by soviets

The faithful of the Russian Orthodox Church are continuing the long process of reviving their holy and beloved churches that were desecrated and ruined by the godless authorities throughout the country.

North America’s first chapel-monument to Royal Martyrs to open in Canada in September

North America’s first chapel-monument to Royal Martyrs to open in Canada in September
North America’s first chapel-monument to Royal Martyrs to open in Canada in September
North America’s first chapel-monument to Royal Martyrs to open in Canada in September
North America’s first chapel-monument to Royal Martyrs to open in Canada in September

Parishioners of the Church of the Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) in Ontario have been hard at work erecting a monument to Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II and his holy family.

St. Thekla Monastery in Maaloula, Syria reopens after being looted by militants

The Orthodox Monastery of St. Thekla in Maaloula, Syria has reopened its doors after the liberation of the city in the Damascus Province, reports Interfax-Religion.

The nuns, who had been forced to leave the monastery due to the war, have been able to return. “Everyone was very worried about the nuns; everyone really loves them. The parishioners are warmed by their spiritual warmth. I returned here from Damascus as soon as I heard that the area was freed from terrorists,” monastery chaplain Fr. Ilias Ades reports.

Enrollment in the “St Mark’s” Orthodox Theological Academy of The Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa has begun

One of the most important visions of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa is becoming a reality, reports the official website of the Patriarchate of Alexandria.

For the very first time, enrolments are starting at the newly-established “St Mark’s” Academy of Orthodox Theological Studies of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, Students from all over the world who wish to come to know Orthodox Theology, Faith, and Life, will be able to study there through distance learning by correspondence.

Skete of St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated in Ukraine

Skete of St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated in Ukraine
Skete of St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated in Ukraine
Skete of St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated in Ukraine
Skete of St. John (Maximovitch) consecrated in Ukraine

A skete named for St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco, a dependency of the Holy Dormition-SvyatogorskLavra, has been consecrated in his hometown of Adamovka in in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine.    

Russian Orthodox priests to set sail on missionary boat-church in Siberia

A unique missionary trip will soon be underway in Siberia. 30 Orthodox priests will set sail on a boat-church, visiting remote areas of Siberia in need of spiritual and material support, reports tayga.info.

The boat, housing a small church on board dedicated to the holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called, will set sail from Novosibirsk and visit a total of 47 lightly populated areas during the trip.

VIDEOS: Celebration of the 1,030th Anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’ in Kiev and Moscow

The Orthodox world gathered this week in celebration of the 1,030th anniversary of the Baptism of Rus’, celebrated on July 28, the day that the Church commemorates the holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Grand Prince Vladimir, who adopted the Orthodox faith for the people of Rus’ in 988.

Festive Liturgies, molebens, and cross processions were held throughout Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and beyond, with the main celebrations being held in Kiev and Moscow.