Metropolitan Tikhon’s Sanctity of Life message, video now available

OCA - 15/1/17 Sunday, January 22, 2017 will be observed as “Sanctity of Life Sunday” in parishes across the United States.  The commemoration, which marks the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the US, serves as a prelude to the annual March for Life, to be held in the US ...

Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary at the Mother See

On April 7, the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary. Rev. Fr. Mkrtich Karapetyan offered a Divine Liturgy in the Mother Cathedral. In his sermon, Father Mkrtich reflected on the nature of the Holy Virgin Mary, the humble and unique faith which became the crown and coronal ...

Saint Proklos – Patriarch of Constantinople – Sermon on the Annunciation

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March 2015 Our present gathering in honor of the Most Holy Virgin inspires me, brethren, to offer Her a word of praise, of benefit also for those who have come to this holy celebration. It is a praise of women, a glorification of their gender, which (glory) She brings to it, She Who is both Mother ...

Sermon on the Entry of the Mother of God into the Temple

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November 2014 If a tree is known by its fruit, and a good tree bears good fruit (Mt. 7:17; Lk. 6:44), then is not the Mother of Goodness Itself, She who bore the Eternal Beauty, incomparably more excellent than every good, whether in this world or the world above? Therefore, the coeternal and identical Image of ...

Greeting of the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God at Chicago’s Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral

Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia - Moscow Patriarchate March 2014 On Sunday evening, March 16, 2014, His Eminence Archbishop Alypy of Chicago, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, the clergymen and parishioners of Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago, IL, ceremoniously greeted the Miracle-working Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign." After the ...

Icon of Holy Virgin in Kosovo weeps

8/12/12 Belgrade: An icon of the Holy Virgin Bogorodica is reported to have wept on the day of St John Chrysostom on the 26th November. The icon is part of the iconostasis at the Budisavci Monastery which is around 10 miles east of Peč in the Serbian Province of Kosovo and Metohija. One believer reported that the ...

Guardian of Holy Virgin’s Belt from Mt. Athos decides to go to jail

Moscow, December 27, Interfax - Archimandrite Efrem, the rector of the Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos, has agreed to follow the court ruling on his arrest. "Archimandrite Efrem under the pressure of Greek law enforcement bodies has decided to go to jail. He will be in custody as of this evening," Yevgeny Nikiforov, chairman of Radonezh ...

Russians celebrate Virgin Mary’s Presentation in the Temple

4/12/2011 Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill conducted a service at the Donskoy monastery in Moscow today on the occasion of the Day of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary in the Temple. According to legend, Mary’s parents Joachim and Anna brought 3-year-old Mary to the Jerusalem Temple in pursuance of their vow to dedicate ...

Russia will save Orthodoxy on Earth, Rector of Athos Monastery Believes

Moscow, November 29, Interfax - Rector of the Vatopedi Monastery Archimandrite Yefrem, who accompanied the Belt of the Mother of God from the convent to Russian cities, believes in Russia's special spiritual mission. "Russia won't collapse. On the contrary, it will strengthen and play the leading part in saving Orthodoxy on Earth," the Bulletin of St. ...

Belt of the Holy Virgin delivered to Russia from Athos Monastery

Moscow, October 21, Interfax - Delegation of St. Andrew the First-Called Foundation delivered a reliquary with one of the greatest Christian shrines - belt of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos to St. Petersburg "One of the reasons why we asked the Vatopedi Monastery to bring the belt of the ...

Patriarch Irinej: Kosovo is also my own Gaping Wound

Tanjug 8/8/2011 “Kosovo is my personal big wound. I can remember how it all looked like back in 1948 when I went to Prizren for education. Today, everything is different. Destroyed walls of churches and burned shrines in Prizren and in all other places are like gaping holes,” Patriarch Irinej said for the Sunday edition of the ...

Sexy fashion shoot at ruined cathedral draws protest from Armenians

By Sandy Smith 2011-02-01 A Turkish fashion magazine has staged a sexy photo shoot on the grounds of a historic ruined Armenian church, sparking outrage and protest from Armenians worldwide. The church, the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, was one of the centerpieces of the ancient Armenian capital Ani, which today lies on the Turkish side of the ...

Lighting up the Hanging Church

19/7/2010 Sanaa’ Farouk The restoration project at the Church of the Holy Virgin in Old Cairo, popularly known as the Hanging Church, has now been completed. A launching ceremony was expected yesterday-Watani had already gone to press-to celebrate the securing of the Church against fire and theft. The new security measures, which also include neighbouring churches, have ...