Celebrations of the feast of Saint Sava – the First Serbian Archbishop in Belgrade

Church of Serbia - 31/1/17 On the feast-day of the Venerable and the God-Bearer our Father Sava, the First Serbian Archbishop, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava. His Holiness was con-celebrated by the abbot of the monastery of the Mother of God the ...

Venerable and God-bearing Father Anthony the Great

Church of Serbia - 31/1/17 Saint Anthony the Great is known as the Father of monasticism, and the long ascetical sermon in The Life of Saint Anthony by Saint Athanasius (Sections 16-34), could be called the first monastic Rule. He was born in Egypt in the village of Coma, near the desert of the Thebaid, in the ...

Saint Sava marked in Arad -Romania

Church of Serbia - 31/1/17 On the day when our Holy Church celebrates its first Archbishop St. Sava in Arad, in Romania, the Holy Hierarchal  Liturgy was served by the Archbishop of Arad Timothy and the Serbian Orthodox  Bishop of Hungary and  administrator of the Timisoara Lukian. The clergy and monks of the Archdiocese of Arad and ...

“TOWARDS AN IDEA OF RELEVANT SPIRITUALITY” – REV .Dr. VALSON THAMPU

Rev . Valson Thampu- OCP News Service- Ecumenical Series - 29/1/18 (Convocation address at Dharmaram Seminary, Bengaluru, 29 January 2018) Relevance determines worth. What is irrelevant is dispensable. It is the barren tree, in the Baptist’s metaphor, at root of which the axe is already laid. In spirituality, it is fruitfulness that matters. You shall recognize a ...

Saint Sava I – First Archbishop of Serbia

Church of Serbia - 29/1/18 Saint Sava, First Archbishop of Serbia, in the world Rostislav (Rastko), was a son of the Serbian king Stephen Nemanya and Anna, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanus. From his early years he fervently attended church services and had a special love for icons. At seventeen years of age, Rostislav met a ...

St. Martyrs Ermil (Ermilus) and Stratonicus

Church of Serbia - 29/1/18 The Martyr Saints Ermil and Stratonicus, in Greek ῞Ερμυλος and Στρατόνικος, or in Serbian Свети мученици, Eрмил и Cтратонjк бэлгрaдски (Sts. Martyrs Ermil and Stratonic of Belgrade) lived in 3rd – 4th centuries in the Roman province Illyricum, located on the middle course of the Danube, and received their martyrdom at ...

THE HOLY MONASTERY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST ON THE JORDAN RIVERBANK REOPENED

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem  - 29/1/18 It is announced that the historic Holy Monastery of St. John the Baptist in the Bethabara area, east of Jericho, on the west bank of the river Jordan will be reopened as an Orthodox Shrine of the Jerusalem Patriarchate from next Monday January 16/29, 2018. According to the tradition of the Gospel ...

THE FEAST OF ST. THEODOSIUS THE CENOBIARCH

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 29/1/18 On Wednesday, January 11/24, 2018, the Patriarchate commemorated our Father among the Saints Theodosius at the Holy Monastery founded by him in the 5thcentury A.D. in the desert of Judea, between Beit Sahour and the Holy Monastery of St. Savvas the Sanctified. Having come from his hometown Cappadocia to the Holy ...

THE FEAST OF SAINTS GEORGE AND JOHN THE CHOZEVITES

The Patriarchate of Jerusalem  - 29/1/18 On Sunday January 8/21, 2018, after the Feast of Theophany, the Patriarchate  commemorated Saints George and John the Chozevites, at the Holy Monastery bearing their names, at the Brook Chorath on the way to Jericho. On this Feast, the Church honours St. John who left his Archdiocese in Caesarea of Palestine in ...

BULGARIAN PATRIARCH NEOFIT: WE HAVE CONSENSUS ON MAJOR ISSUES OF FUTURE OF MACEDONIAN CHURCH

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Orthochristian.com - 29/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria recently expressed hope for the future of the Macedonian Orthodox Church, stating that there is a consensus on the main issues for moving forward in the future. His statement came in response to a question of what to expect in the near future regarding the rapprochement between the ...

Looking Toward Unity: How the Russian Church Abroad Viewed the Patriarchate of Moscow, 1927-2007

Deacon Andrei Psarev - ROCOR Studies- 28/1/18 362In 1920 the Russian refugee bishops established the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR), also known as the Russian Church Abroad. In 1927 this church renounced subordination to the Church in Russia (also known as the Moscow Patriarchate). On May 17, 2007, representatives of both churches concelebrated Divine ...

Coptic Orthodox Church Delegation Visits the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 27/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received a delegation from the Coptic Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Residence in Atchaneh, Bikfaya – Lebanon. The Coptic Orthodox Delegation included the members of the Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches: Anba Bishoy, Anba Benyamin and Dr. Guirguis Saleh as ...

Inauguration of “Patriarch Zakka I Iwas Dialysis Center”

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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 27/1/18 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II inaugurated “Patriarch Zakka I Iwas Dialysis Center” in Dwelaa – Damascus. The center is a project lead by St. Ephrem Patriarchal Development Committee (EPDC), and aims at offering free services to patients with kidney failure and in need of dialysis, thus giving them a chance ...

The Quest for Orthodox–Assyrian Alliance

George Alexander – OCP News Service- (Dept. of Church Research and Studies - Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE) - 26/1/18 Introduction To be frank, any kind of Orthodox – Assyrian Church alliance seems to be a distant dream. However, it is always good to keep our hopes high and keep praying for the distant dream. The Christian world is ...

Australia’s Assyrian community marks historic opening of St Narsai Assyrian Christian College – Sydney

Assyrian Church of the East - 26/1/18 On Sunday 21 January, the new campus of St Narsai Assyrian Christian College, a year 7-12 co-educational Christian independent college of the Assyrian Church of the East was officially opened in a historic ceremony at Horsley Park, New South Wales, Australia. The ceremony was led by His Beatitude Mar Meelis ...

Orthodox Priest Alexander Kurien Appointed Executive Director of the American Federal Real Properties Council (FRPC)

Ann Maria Husser - OCP News Service (Delegate of USA & All North America) - 26/1/17 Washington D. C- USA: Rev Fr Alexander James Kurien the 'diplomat Orthodox Priest'  the Deputy Associate Administrator of the Office of U.S. Government-Wide Policy is given an additional responsibility. He is now the Executive Director of the Federal Real Properties Council ...

How the Church can Help Seniors Battle Loneliness

Cassie Steele- OCP News Service - 26/1/18 Loneliness is a big problem for seniors across the globe. According to the Global Age Watch Index, a survey measuring quality of life for people aged 60 and over, India ranked 71 out of 96 countries, with many seniors lacing savings, a solid health infrastructure, and a strong social safety ...

International Orthodox Christian Charities Works to Improve Health Year Round

  IOCC - 26/1/18 Orthodox Christian humanitarian agency offers basics of healthy living to those in need  Baltimore, MD (January 24, 2018) – As many contemplate New Year’s resolutions to take better care of their health, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) continues its ongoing work to offer underserved communities and families worldwide the tools needed to do precisely that.  In ...

“Before I am an athlete, I am an Orthodox Christian” – Novak Djokovic

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Church of Serbia - Eastern Diocese-25/1/17 Taken off the tennis courts for six months because of persistent elbow pain, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic made his return to the ATP circuit on Tuesday, facing off against American Donald Young in the first round of the Australian Open tournament. He won the match handily (6-1, 6-2, 6-4). ...

Syrian Army Unearths Ancient Byzantine Mosaics in Hama (PHOTOS)

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Sputniknews - 25/1/18 Divisions of the Syrian army have come across ancient mosaics dating back to the Byzantineera, while clearing mines in a rural area around Hama. Speaking to Sputnik Arabic, Abdel Qader Farzat, the head of Hama Museums and Antiquities Department in Hama said that "valuable artefacts have been found outside Akerbat, which lies 85 kilometers east of Hama. When the ...

Formal Reception in Honor of the Diplomatic Body in Syria

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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 24/1/18 On the occasion of the new year 2018, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II invited their Excellencies the Ambassadors, Charge d’Affaires and Diplomatic Representatives to a Formal Reception at the Patriarchate in Bab Touma. The reception was attended by His Excellency Mario Cardinal Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Damascus, His Excellency Dr. Faisal ...