SVOTS Press Release on the Demise of Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor)

SVOTS - 19/10/2020 In Memoriam: Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor) With faith in Christ and hope in the resurrection, we share news of the repose of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius (Lazor), primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) from 1977 until his retirement in 2002. His Beatitude fell asleep in the Lord October 19, 2020, in Canonsburg, PA ...

Former Primate of OCA – Metropolitan Theodosius Enters Eternal Rest 

OCP News Service - 19/10/2020 +Memory Eternal+ USA - The former head of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), His Beatitude Metropolitan Theodosius, the retired Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All-America and Canada entered eternal rest on October 19, 2020, in Canonsburg, PA following an extended illness. Metropolitan Theodosius was the head of the OCA from 1977. The ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II, Armenian Archbishop Armash Nalbandian Discuss ‘Corona Pandemic’

OCP News Service - 18/10/2020 Damascus-Syria: On 13th October 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II received His Eminence Armash Nalbandian, Armenian Orthodox Archbishop of Damascus, at the Patriarchate Headquarters in Bab Touma - Damascus. They spoke on the problems of the on-going COVID-19 and its impact on Churches and on the lives of the Orthodox ...

Three Decades of Archpastoral Ministry of Bishop Dositej

Church of Serbia - 18/10/2020 Bishop Dositej (Despo Motika) was born on the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God, on October 14, 1949, in the village of Zagoni, Olovo Municipality near Sarajevo. His pious parents, father Nedjo and mother Rosa had a number of children. Grateful to God for this priceless ...

St Paisios of Neamt has founded a school of spirituality for whole Orthodoxy, Patriarch Daniel says during reliquary blessing service

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu -18/10/2020 Patriarch Daniel on Thursday blessed a processional reliquary containing a fragment of the relics of St Paisios of Neamț, saying that the Saint founded a school of spirituality useful for the whole Orthodoxy. St. Paisios of Neamț (Velichkovsky) organized and guided monastic communities at Dragomirna, Secu and Neamț monasteries in Romania. ...

Armenian Orthodox Liturgical Service Held at the Church of Holy Sepulchre

The Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - 18/10/2020 The Liturgical service of the Armenian Orthodox Apostolic Patriarchate was held at the Church of Holy Sepulchre (on 11/10/2020), located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. Source:

THE FEAST OF SAINT ISAAC THE SYRIAC IN DOHA

Jerusalem Patriarachate - 18/10/2020 The Feast of Saint Isaac the Syriac, to whom the Cathedral in Doha is dedicated, was celebrated according to the ordained measures and instructions of the Ministry of Health of Qatar. For pastoral reasons, the Feast was moved to Friday. On Thursday, September 25/ October 8, 2020, Great Vespers and the Blessing of ...

“God, Please Accept Me” – Interview with SVOTS Coptic Seminarian Deacon Andrew Eskandar

SVOTS - 18/10/2020 Saint Vladimir’s Seminarian Deacon Andrew Eskandar was born and raised in Egypt until the age of thirteen when his parents decided to move with Dn. Andrew and his two sisters to America to offer their children a more stable future. Since then, Dn. Andrew has lived in Staten Island, NY, where he is ...

Romanian Actor Florin Piersic Recounts Being Miraculously Healed by St Paraskeva in His Childhood

Basilica News Agency  - Ștefana Totorcea - 15/10/2020 Romanian actor Florin Piersic told Doxologia.ro last Saturday how Saint Paraskeva of Iași miraculously healed him when he was a child, for his mother’s fervent prayers. The actor disclosed how attached he felt to the Church, his mother Vera being a priest’s sister.  The actor confessed he spent his childhood ...

Romanian Patriarchate Spokesperson demands respect for most of the good and faithful people of the country: Pilgrimage is the expression of responsible religious freedom

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 15/10/2020 The Romanian Patriarchate’s Spokesperson Vasile Bănescu commented on the decision to ban this year’s pilgrimage from Bucharest, on the patronal feast of the Patriarchal Cathedral. The spokesman reminded that the pilgrimage is a manifestation of religious freedom and that pilgrims and the Romanian Orthodox Church deserve more respect and ...

Order of Saint Symeon the Myrrh-Bearer to the Serbian Army Guard

Church of Serbia - 15/10/2020 On October 12, 2020, on the feast of the Venerable Cyriacus the Hermit, Their Graces Bishops Arsenije of Nis, responsible for the Army of Serbia, and Stefan of Remezijana, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the military chapel of St. George the Great Martyr at the ...

Serbian Patriarch Celebrated in the Cathedral Church

Church of Serbia - 15/10/2020 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch. celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral Church in Belgrade on October 10, 2020, on Ven. Cyriacus’ All Souls’ Day. In the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, the Patriarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophor Petar Lukic, presbyter Slavisa Popovic and archdeacon Damjan Bozic. The ...

Patron Saint-day of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade

Church of Serbia - 15/10/2020 On the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the side chapel of  Saint John the Theologian within the Faculty on 9 October 2020.  (phоto gallery). Source:  

Statement from the ROCOR Chancery of the Synod of Bishops on the Armed Conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

The Official Website of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia - 15/10/2020 On today’s feast day of Holy Hieromartyr Gregory, Illuminator of Great Armenia, we fervently pray to God and His saint for the peaceful populace of Nagorno-Karabakh. We deeply grieve for the great losses among the civil population, the destruction ...

Swedish Pupil Banned From Wearing Cross in School Photo While Muslims Allowed to Keep Their Veils

Sputniknews - Igor Kuznetsov - 15/10/2020 The incident has been reported to the Discrimination Ombudsman and condemned as an example of “tone deafness” against religion and double standards. A 15-year-old student was not allowed to wear a cross when posing for a group photo in a Swedish school earlier this autumn. Other students, however, were allowed to ...

Church of Sweden Decides to Apologise to Sami People for Abuse, Forced Baptism

Sputniknews - Igor Kuznetsov - 15/10/2020 In Scandinavia, the indigenous Sami people have long experienced forced assimilation policies and were seen by the authorities as a "backward" and "primitive" people in need of being civilised. The Church of Sweden has decided to apologise to the indigenous Sami people for what it has called "historical abuses", such as forced baptism ...

Byzanfest – The Orthodox Online Film Festival – 2020

OCP News Service - 13/10/2020 Global: Byzanfest - The Orthodox Online Film Festival - 2020 will feature a series of short films and feature-length movies. The movies will be streamed worldwide from 23 October to 8 November 2020 (Australian Eastern Standard Time). For more information please visit - www.byzanfest.com/ Source: OCP News Service

Patriarch of Romania Calls for Church-State Co-responsibility and Cooperation to Avoid Excessive Measures

Basilica News Agency - Aurelian Iftimiu - 13/10/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania has urged co-responsibility and cooperation between the Church and the Romanian State after the pilgrimage to Iasi for the feast of Saint Parascheva was banned for non-locals. Call for co-responsibility and cooperation to avoid excessive constraints: full text The Romanian Patriarchate expresses its full solidarity ...

28. Jun NGO to Combat Domestic Violence and Trafficking in the Western Balkans

28.Jun Women – 13/10/2020 28. Jun Women is committed to empowering women in the Western Balkans. As one of the broadest campaigns in support of women’s mental and physical health, the core pillars of our initiative are ensuring women’s access to education, participation in sport and economic leadership. The NGO will aggressively combat current issues of domestic violence ...

2021 St. Herman Calendar Now Available

St. Herman Monastery - 13/1/2020 For individual customer orders, please use the standard ordering page. For wholesale and bookstore orders, please contact for a discount. The Orthodox (Julian, or “Old”) Calendar, with corresponding civil dates. A complete Calendar of Orthodox saints, Scripture readings, and fasting guidelines for every day of the year, together with a listing of uncanonized ...