On Kissing the Priest’s Hand

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BY FR. ANDREAS - June 2015 A few of our new inquirers have asked about the practice of kissing the priest’s hand. For people outside of the Orthodox Tradition (and even for some of the Faithful), this is one of those foreign, counter-cultural and awkward practices that can be difficult to grasp. The following article may shed ...

Participation in the entire Divine Liturgy

OCA- 2015 Question Recently I read something about the Divine Liturgy that struck me as rather odd.  The author said something to the effect that the Divine Liturgy is “long” so as to allow the faithful to “come and go” as convenient, to light candles and say their prayers, and to depart at will.  Any thoughts on ...

The Last Divine Liturgy in St. Sophia – Constantinople

May 2015 - http://www.londinoupolis.blogspot.co.uk/ Many, even Orthodox, even Greeks, believe that the last Divine Liturgy in St. Sophia, in Constantinople, was celebrated on the 29 May 1453. However, the last Liturgy took place in 1919. The priest who celebrated the Divine Liturgy was Fr. Lefteris Noufarakis, who was from Alones Rethymnou, Crete. He was an army priest ...

Distinctions for the Patriarchal Chapels

Church of Romania  On 7 July 2014, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel awarded the Diploma of the Brancovean Martyr Saints, the Medal dedicated to the Commemorative Year of the Brancovean Martyr Saintsand to the Solemn Eucharistic year of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion, and offered the first volume of the book History of the Romanian Monasticism to the patriarchal chapels who support ...

Consecration Ceremony and Divine Liturgy at the New Cathedral Of Tirana

  Inter-Orthodox Concelebration - 4/6/14 The new National Orthodox Cathedral of Tirana – Albania, was consecrated today, 1 June 2014, by eight venerable Primates of Orthodox Churches from all over the world and by delegates of the Sister Orthodox Churches. “The consecration service was celebrated by His Holiness Bartholomew, Ecumenical Patriarch, His Beatitude Teofil III, Patriarch of Jerusalem, ...

The Priests of Bucharest and Ilfov on a Conference at the Romanian Patriarchate

May 2014 On 26 May 2014, the first session of the spring semestral pastoral-missionary Conference of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Bucharest on the theme 2014 – Solemn Eucharistic Year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion), was held in “Patriarch Teoctist” Aula Magna of the Patriarchate Palace. The conference was chaired by His Beatitude Daniel, ...

Chaldean Patriarch Rips Western Actions in Iraq: ‘We Are a Ruined Church’

http://www.catholicculture.org - 2/5/14 Eleven years after the US invasion of Iraq, the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church declared that "we are a ruined church" and said that "1,400 years of Islam could not uproot us from our land and our churches, while the policies of the West [have] scattered us and distributed us all around the ...

Pascha is celebrated in China

24/4/14 On Paschal night, the Revd. Dimitry Fedorin, dean of the first church district of Vladivostok and a cleric of the Cathedral of the Intercession took part in the procession with the cross held by the Chinese Orthodox community in Harbin, People’s Republic of China. He greeted the faithful children of the Chinese Orthodox Church with the ...

This great joy to carry Infant Jesus in the Temple is a prefiguration of the Mystery of the Church

On 2 February 2014, the Orthodox faithful celebrate the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The feast reminds the time Infant Jesus was brought to the Temple of Jerusalem when 40 days old, as the Jewish tradition stipulated. His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel explained the significance of the feast after the Divine Liturgy was celebrated ...

Proclamation of the Eucharistic Year and of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs

5/1/14 After the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and of the Te Deum service on 1 January 2014, in the Patriarchal Cathedral, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church officially proclaimed the year 2014 as Solemn Eucharistic Year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and Commemorative Year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs in ...

2014 – Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and the Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs in the Romanian Patriarchate

2/1/14 Following the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, during the working session of 29 October 2012, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church approved that the year 2014 should be declared Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs in the Romanian Patriarchate. In ...

The Eucharist is the greatest blessing and consolation in this life

o1/01/2014 On the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Church of Our Lady the Joy to All the Afflicted-on-Bolshaya-Ordynka, Moscow. In his archpastoral homily after the service, Metropolitan Hilarion said: “In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit! We have not so much ...

2014 – Solemn Eucharistic Year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and Commemorative Year of the Brancovean Martyr Saints

December 2013 Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church proclaimed the year 2014 as Solemn Eucharistic Year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and Commemorative Year of the Brancovean Martyr Saints and decided the following: They approved the initiatives of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel concerning the proclamation of the year 2014 as “Solemn Eucharistic Year (of ...

No material wealth can have the value of a saved soul

On 3 March 2013, His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church delivered a sermon in the chapel of Saint Gregory the Enlightener of the Patriarchal Residence in which he explained the significance of the evangelical pericope of the 34th Sunday after the Pentecost, of Saint Evangelist Luke 15:11-32, presenting the return of the ...

Presentation of the Mother of God at the Romanian Patriarchate

On 21 November 2012, on the feast of the Presentation of the Mother of God in the Church, hundreds of faithful were present on the Joy Hill. His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, celebrated the Divine Liturgy assisted by a group of priests and deacons. In the sermon delivered, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel spoke ...

2014 – The Solemn Eucharistic Year and Commemorative Year of the Saints Martyrs Brancovens in the Romanian Patriarchate

2/11/2012 The Holy Synod proclaimed 2014 as Solemn Eucharistic Year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and Commemorative Year of the Saints Martyrs Brancovens in the Romanian Patriarchate. On 29 October 2012, the working session of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church was held in the Synodal Hall of the Residential Patriarchate under the ...

Sunday of Orthodoxy solemnly celebrated

5/3/2012 Serbian Church Gnjilane - On the first week of the Great Lent - the Sunday of Orthodoxy - Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren served the Holy Liturgy in the monastery of Draganac near Gnjilane with the concelebration of protosyngellos Kiril and hieromonk Ilarion. About forty believers participated in the Liturgy and later partook the Holy Communion. ...

On November 20 Metropolitan Volodymyr received the Holy Communion and thanked everyone for Prayers

Ukrainian Church On Sunday, November 20, Archbishop Alexander of Pereyaslav-Khmelnytskyy and Vyshneve celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the church of All Saints at the construction site of the Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Kyiv. Concelebrating to the Bishop were the clergymen of the church of All Saints. During the Liturgy the specific request for the health of His ...