2009

New Year Greetings From OBL Forum

December 31, 2009 News

OBL Family wish all our beloved readers a very happy and peaceful New Year. May God Bless You all in abundance. We take this Opportunity to thank you for all your kind support. God Bless Us All. Keep visiting us. Rt Rev Chorbishop Dr Kyriakose Thottupuram of Chicago Chancellor -OBL Forum Lejith George Chairman -OBL […]

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Tensions Tighten Between Greek Orthodox Patriarch, Turkish

December 31, 2009 News

The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, in an interview with the U.S.-based program ’60 Minutes’ that was aired last week, complained of the poor treatment by Turkish authorities of Christians continues. The head of the Eastern Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople said in an interview on a […]

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Bethlehem mayor supports decision to boycott Patriarch

December 31, 2009 News

31/12/09 Ramallah – Ma’an – Bethlehem Governor Abdel Fattah Hamayel called the Arab Orthodox insitttions decision to boycott Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III’s reception to Bethlehem for Christmas “unfortunate,” and cautioned the church to be aware of the politics around the disposal of their lands. A group of 13 community and religious leaders form the […]

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Bethlehem Christians boycott Greek Patriarch over Land Sales

December 31, 2009 News

31/12/09 Bethlehem – Ma’an – Thirteen Greek Orthodox Christian leaders met in Bethlehem Wednesday and voted unanimously to boycott the reception of the denomination’s Patriarch Theophilos III for the 6 January Christmas celebrations. Officials and scouts affiliated with the groups under the 13 and those they represent will not receive the Patriarch at the Mar […]

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Greek Orthodox Services to Bless the Atlantic Ocean

December 31, 2009 News

NORTH WILDWOOD – Father Steven J. Vlahos, pastor of the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in North Wildwood has announced that the sacred observances commemorating and celebrating the Epiphany/Theophany, the major feast day that recalls the baptism of Jesus Christ in the River Jordan by John the Baptist will be observed at sacred worship services […]

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“Smiles for the New Year and Christmas” Program

December 30, 2009 News

29/12/09 Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin On the occasion of the New Year and the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Jesus Christ, the Christian Education Center of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin is implementing the “Smiles for the New Year and Christmas” program in the eight state-owned orphanages throughout Armenia.  The program is taking […]

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Two churches bombed at Christmastime

December 29, 2009 News

29/12/09 Iraq (MNN) ― Two days before Christmas, two churches were bombed in Mosul, Iraq, on December 23, Voice of the Martyrs reports. At 11:00 a.m., a bomb was detonated near the Syrian Orthodox church of St. Thomas. On the same day, a bomb exploded in a cart of vegetables near the Chaldean church of […]

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Russian Orthodox Church representative arrives in Georgia

December 29, 2009 News

Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec.29 / Trend News, N.Kirtskhalia / Archimandrite Roman has arrived in Georgia. His visit was arranged by the Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod. The Georgian Patriarchate said Archimandrite is visiting Georgia with the permission of Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II. According to the patriarchate, Georgia residents requested that a Russian-speaking parishioner be sent […]

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Schedule of the travels of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God in the Eastern American Diocese

December 29, 2009 News

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia A Message from the Diocesan Secretary on the Parish Visitation Tour of the Kursk Root Icon Dear in the Lord honorable fathers, brothers, and sisters, With the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, the guide and protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the Kursk Root […]

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FUNERAL SERVICES OF ARCHBISHOP JOB

December 29, 2009 News

OBL Family Salutes Archbishop Job. Memory Eternal!!! Source:

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Christmas Celebrations (25th December- Snaps)

December 29, 2009 News

Daily Life Snaps Bulgarian Patriarch Maksim, foreground center, leads a Christmas mass at a the Golden domed Alexander Nevski cathedral in the Bulgarian capital Sofia, Friday, Dec. 25, 2009. Bulgaria’s Orthodox Church turned to the reformed Julian calendar in 1968, and since then, Bulgaria has celebrated Christmas on Dec. 25 in line with most of […]

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Virgin Mary sighting a glimpse of hope for Egypt Christians

December 29, 2009 News

24/12/09 CAIRO (AFP) – Every night in the run-up to Christmas thousands of Egypt’s Coptic Christians have been gathering in a Cairo suburb eager for a glimpse of a vision that has given hope to their marginalised community.It is three hours past midnight in Al-Warrak, a poor working class neighbourhood of the Egyptian capital, and […]

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Metropolitan Jonah presides at Nativity services at Washington’s St. Nicholas Cathedral

December 29, 2009 News

Orthodox Church in America 12/28/09 WASHINGTON, DC [OCA] — Despite less than favorable weather and driving conditions, hundreds of faithful attended services marking the Great Feast of the Nativity of Christ as Saint Nicholas Cathedral here December 24-25, 2009. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, presided at the Vigil and Divine Liturgy and greeted the clergy and […]

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St. Tikhon’s Seminary opens search for Dean

December 29, 2009 News

12/25/09 SOUTH CANAAN, PA [OCA/STOTS] — The Board of Trustees of Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here announces a vacancy in the office of Dean, effective June 1, 2010. Applications and nominations for the position are now being accepted. Saint Tikhon’s Seminary is an institution of professional Orthodox Christian theological education affiliated with the Orthodox […]

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Nationalized property given back to Church

December 29, 2009 News

28/12/09 BELGRADE — The Belgrade municipality of Palilula has returned office space located in downtown Belgrade to the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC). The property was nationalized after World War II. The office space is located in Kralja Aleksandara Blvd. and has 1,180 square meters of available space, which Jat Airways, Lasta and Simpo companies are […]

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Ordination of Priests in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

December 29, 2009 News

Armenian Apostolic Church On December 13, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, during the celebration of Divine Liturgy, 12 deacons of the Armenian Church were consecrated and ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Vrtanes Abrahamian, Head Chaplain of the Republic of Armenia Armed Forces. The ordaining bishop consecrated the […]

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USA urged to assist Patriarchate

December 29, 2009 News

27/12/09 The Greek Orthodox Church’s senior cleric in the USA has sent a letter to American President Barack Obama, as well as other high-ranking Washington officials, in a bid to draw attention to the treatment of Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios by Turkey. Archbishop of America Demetrios wrote just before Christmas Day to US President Obama, Vice […]

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Patriarch Celebrates Enthronement

December 29, 2009 News

The Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia, Ilia II, celebrated the 31st anniversary of his enthronement on December 25. According to the Georgian Patriarchate Ilia II conducted a celebratory service in Sameba Cathedral on Thursday, after which he received congratulations from a number of international guests. Among those attending was Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, who said that […]

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Forty-day memorial service for Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of Blessed Repose

December 29, 2009 News

Serbian Orthodox Church In a presence of several thousand faithful, today on December 24, 2009 at the St. Sava memorial cathedral on Vrachar the Divine liturgy for the dead was served and forty-day commemoration for Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the littoral, locum tenens of the […]

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New-Year Address of the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church

December 29, 2009 News

The participants of the annual thanksgiving prayer service at the monument of the Baptizer of Rus Holy Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Volodymyr December 26, 2009 Thanking All-Merciful God and Our Savior Jesus Christ, His Virgin Mother, Intercessor and Patroness of the humanity, all the saints of our land with the Holy Apostle Andrew the First-Called and …

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His Beatitude Metropolitan Volodymyr Celebrated Annual Thanksgiving Prayer Service at St. Volodymyr’s Hill

December 29, 2009 News

On Saturday, December 26, the Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in concelebration of the hierarchs of the UOC and the clergymen of the Diocese of Kyiv conducted the thanksgiving prayer service. By tradition he celebrates this divine office at the end of every year. Praying together with the clergymen were Prime-Minister of Ukraine Yulia […]

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