Bulgaria Orthodox Church Celebrates St. Stephen

27/12/09 The Bulgarian Orthodox Church marks Sunday the Day of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr and first archdeacon in the Jerusalem Community Church. The community church accepted people from all social circles and the rich supported the church while Stephen designated the activity and the vocation of each member. It is believed that this has been the ...

Russian Orthodox Church Deanery for Patriarchal Parishes in Turkmenistan launches Official Website

The Deanery of the Russian Orthodox Church patriarchal parishes in Turkmenistan launched its official website in the course of the visit to Ashgabat of the Bishop of Smolensk and Vyazemsk Feofilakt, manager of Orthodox parishes in the country. The website turkmenistan.smoleparh.ru presents news of the Patriarch's district, information about the parishes in Turkmenistan, historical information about ...

Appointments in the Armenian Apostolic Church

25/12/09 By the order of His Holiness Garegin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians some of the church servicemen will continue their spiritual service in different Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Church. Abgar Archimandrite Hovakimyan will make his service in the Armenian Diocese of Canada. Zaven Monk Yazichyan has been appointed in the Syunik Diocese, and Khoren ...

Bulgaria Patriarch Leads Sofia Christmas Mass

25/12/09 The Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and Sofia Metropolitan Maxim conducted the Christma mass in Sofia Friday morning. The Patriarch blessed Bulgarians all over the world during the service at the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. In a Christmas message to all Bulgarians, read by Archimandrite Naum, Secretary of the Holy Synod, Maxim said that each time, on ...

Two coming years Orthodox and Catholics will celebrate Easter on the same day

Moscow, December 25, Interfax – Unlike Christmas, Easter will come for Orthodox and Western Christians on the same day April 4. Various Christian confessions have the same Paschal cycle (system of determining the date of celebrating Easter) once in several years. Orthodox and Catholics celebrated Easter on the same day April 8 two years ago. Christian ...

Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah for the Nativity of Christ 2009

To the Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of The Orthodox Church in America Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Christ is Born! Glorify Him! We rejoice in the coming of the Savior, the Advent of the Son of God into this broken world. His Nativity anticipates and prefigures His Second and Glorious Coming again in the ...

Pan-Orthodox retreat attracts over 100 west coast Clergy

Orthodox Church in America Posted 12/22/09 DUNLAP, CA [OCA Diocese of the West] -- At the initiative of the canonical Orthodox Bishops of the West, 106 priests and deacons gathered at Saint Nicholas Diocesan Camp here December 1-3, 2009 for a retreat. His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos [Greek Archdiocese]; His Grace, Bishop Joseph [Antiochian Archdiocese]; His Grace, Bishop Benjamin ...

Many years to His Beatitude Patriarch IGNATIUS IV on his name’s day, the feast of St. Ignatius of Antioch!

The faithful of the Antiochian Archdiocese wish our beloved Patriarch IGNATIUS IV a most blessed name's day on this Sunday, December 20, the feast of St. Ignatius the God-Bearer of Antioch. Click here to view a video collage of photos of His Beatitude, accompanied by the chanting of the Patriarchal Polychronion by Metropolitan Ilyas Kurban (of ...

Moscow Patriarchate delegation begins visit to Georgian Orthodox Church

25.12.2009 The Primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church, His Holiness and Beatitude Iliya II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, marks the 32nd anniversary of his enthronement on December 25, 2009. With a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, a delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church arrived in Georgia on December 24. The delegation ...

Archbishop Hilarion consecrates Church of All Saints in Pattaya

Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, who is leading an official delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church at the celebrations marking the 10th anniversary of Orthodox in Thailand, consecrated a Church of All Saints in Patayya, on Dec. 20. After the Great Consecration, Archbishop Hilarion celebrated the Divine ...

OCRC Updated

New Materials added to OCRC Journeys to Orthodoxy # Eastern rite lures Western seekers # I’ve discovered that there is more to my faith than just me and Jesus # The Tregarthen Family # Seminarian Kerry (Kirill) Williams # Becoming Orthodox—A Journey From Good to Better # The Kemper Family # Protestant Church Worker goes “East” # American “convert” to Orthodox Christianity. ...

Greek Orthodox take unique approach to Holiday

12/24/ 2009 WINTERVILLE — Walking into the Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church the Sunday before Christmas, one might mistake the season for some other time of year. Poinsettias dot the entrance to the sanctuary but shrink against a backdrop of iconography, crosses and gilded holy books. Musical readings of the Divine Liturgy of St. John stand in ...

Commemoration day of Sts. David and James

24/12/09 Today Armenian Apostolic Church marks the commemoration day of the Prophet St. David and Apostle St. James, brother of Jesus. Prophet St. David was the great-grandson of Boaz and Ruth. The Holy Bible depicts him as a psalmist, gifted, wise, handsome man and orator. He was a shepherd. During the battle against Philistines he killed the ...

Church Says Faces ‘Slander Campaign’ by ‘Hostile Forces’

23/12/09 In a strongly-worded statement the Georgian Orthodox Church said “hostile forces” were engaged in the campaign of “slander and insult” against the Church and warned it would have to take unspecified “appropriate steps” if the campaign continued. “It is unfortunate that media sources, which are under the authorities control, are also taking part in this process,” ...

Memorial service for Patriarch Pavle

24/12/09 BELGRADE -- The 40-day memorial service will be held today in Belgrade for His Holiness Patriarch Pavle, the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) has announced. The leader of the Orthodox Christian Serbs passed away on November 15. The memorial service, held 40 days after death, will be served at the end of Holy Liturgy, in St. Sava's ...

Patriarch Maxim blesses festive table of all Bulgarians

24/12/09 Sofia. Bulgaria's Patriarch Maxim and the Sofia Metropolitan blessed festive table of all Bulgarians, a reporter of FOCUS News Agency announced. Our Orthodox faithful nation happily moved the family comfort of this sacred night in their homes by the burning of the Yule Log, Lenten meals, lighted candles, incensed festive table, as making good wishes ...

Kazakhstan President held telephone conversation with Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

24/12/09 Kazakhstan President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, held a telephone conversation with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kyrill, Kazakhstan Today agency reports citing the president's press service. According to the press service, during the conversation, the head of state congratulated the Patriarch on the forthcoming holidays New Year and Christmas and noted importance of the process of ...