Sunday of St John Climacus – By practicing the virtues we acquire the power of the Holy Spirit, Patriarch Daniel says

Aurelian Iftimiu - Basilica News Agency - March 2017 Patriarch Daniel reflected on Sunday on the healings related by the gospel reading: Our Saviour healed the incertitude of the father of the lunatic child. He healed the child of his sickness and freed him from the impure spirit. He also healed His disciples from spiritual incompetence.   His ...

Holy Qurobo – St. Jacob Baradeus Feast

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - August 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo on the occasion of the Feast of St. Jacob Baradeus, at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the virtues of St. Jacob Baradeus and his role in preserving the orthodox faith. ...

PASCHAL MESSAGE OF PATRIARCH KIRILL OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA

DECR Communication Service - 1/5/16 Paschal Message of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow And All Russia to the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monks and Nuns and All the Faithful Children of the Russian Orthodox Church Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God (1 Jn 3:1) Your Graces the archpastors, all-honourable priests, God-loving monks ...

Washing of the Feet – Damascus

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - April 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the rite of the washing of the feet at St. George Patriarchal Cathedral in Bab Touma, Damascus. During this rite, His Holiness calls twelve young people who represent the twelve Apostles. He then washes their feet as an example of what the Lord ...

A Tragic Incident at the Church of St Andrew – Lattakia

Notes on Arab Orthodoxy - December 2015 From the Archdiocese of Lattakia's Facebook page in Arabic, posted on November 28, 2015 here.  "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:14) In a tragic incident that took place yesterday evening, a young man threw a ...

FROM HEROD TO ISIS THROUGH CHRIST

In Communion- Pieter Dykhorst- 2015 Having beheld the strange and ineffable humility of the Incarnate God the Word, O Divinely-blessed Baptist, when He bowed His Divine Head to thee and received a servile baptism, thou thyself wast wholly filled with great humility. Entreat therefore this Divinely-loved virtue for us also, who are possessed by pride, that we ...

Met Elias Audi: Our Church Does Not Bless Wars

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Notes on Arab Orthodoxy - October 2015 The Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Beirut, His Eminence Elias Audi, presided at the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Saint George and after the Gospel he gave a sermon in which he said: Jesus said to His disciples, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of ...

Met Georges Khodr on the Intercession of the Saints

August 2015 - Notes on Arab Orthodoxy  Mary Traditional Christians, that is Orthodox and Catholics, do not make Mary into a god. This is a false accusation without any historical basis. No one has equated her with Christ. He is the sole mediator between God and man and it is through Him that salvation is realized. If ...

Synaxarion for Thomas Sunday

April 2015 On this Sunday, the second Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the Antipascha, that is to say the re-dedication of the Resurrection of Christ, and also commemorate the event of the Holy Apostle Thomas' touching the wounds of Christ. This commemoration is due to the ancient custom of rededicating important events. As a year would pass ...

The Martyrdom of the Copts of Samalout

Bishop Makarios - February 2015 We received through Facebook and Satellite channels on Sunday, February 15th, 2015, a documented martyrdom of our Coptic youth in Libya that was aired through a horrifying and shocking video. They are, without exaggeration, martyrs for the sake of their faith, for they were kidnapped and then killed solely for being Christians, ...

Feast Day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On February 14, the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church celebrated the Feast day commemorating the presentation of the 40 day-old Christ Child to the Temple in Jerusalem. The festivities began on the evening of February 13 in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; Evening ...

Coptic Victims Call on “Lord Jesus Christ” Before Slaughter

Raymond Ibrahim - 17/2/15 Before having their heads sliced off by the Satanic forces of the Islamic State in post “Arab Spring” Libya, some of the Coptic Christians can be seen and heard muttering “O Lord Jesus Christ,” say Arabic media. Do not be deceived: this is a war on Christians — one that began almost 1,400 years ...

Discourse On the Day of the Baptism of Christ

January 2015 We shall now say something about the present feast [of Holy Theophany, the Baptism of Christ]. Many celebrate the feastdays and know their designations, but the cause for which they were established they know not. Thus concerning this, everyone knows that the present feast is called Theophany; but what this is, and whether it ...

Armenian Orthodox Nativity and Theophany of Lord Jesus Christ Celebrated in Georgia

January 2015 The Armenian Diocese in Georgia has celebrated the first major feast of 2015, the Feast of Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On the evening of January 5th, a Candlelight Divine Liturgy was held in all the churches of the Diocese. On January 6th, under the leadership of BishopBabgen Salbiyan, the Vicar General, ...

Metropolitan Hilarion: the Lord calls all of us to apostolic service

M On 28 December 2014, the 29th Sunday after Pentecost, of the Holy Forefathers, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Icon of the Mother of God in Bolshaya Ordynka Street in Moscow. Concelebrating with the ...

2014/2015 New Year and Christmas Schedule at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

December 2014- Januray 2015 In continuation of an annual tradition at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, festive lights and a Nativity scene recreating the birth place of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, will be open from December 26th until January 13th. The Mother Cathedral will remain open each night until 9:00 p.m. Bishop Hovnan ...

THE FEAST OF ST PHILOUMEN THE HAGIOTAPHITE

On Saturday, the 16th/29th of November 2014, the Jerusalem Patriarchate celebrated the memory of holy-martyr St Philoumen the Hagiotaphite at Jacob’s Well in Nablus, Samaria, where he served as abbot until his martyric death in 1979. Jacob’s Well was where Our Lord Jesus Christ conversed with the Samaritan woman and revealed Himself as Christ, guiding her ...

Solidarity for the Busoga children

Orthodox kindergarten in Uganda

November 2014 Dear Brothers in Christ, I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I would like to inform you that we have received the donation you sent us for feeding the poor children and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your money came at a time when hunger was a major problem ...

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 ...

Missionary steps in Sumatra

September 2014 Dear friends of the Mission, Rejoice in the Lord! With God’s help we are well, and we are thankful for that. I have just returned from the island of Nias, where I offered my spiritual ministry for a few days. Of course, my dear brothers, I rarely manage to write to you due to my numerous ...

The Beheading of Saint John the Glorious Prophet Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord

August 2014 The greatest man of those born of women, John, the Holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, is slain. On Great Friday, God, was murdered, God was crucified. At today’s holy and great feast, the greatest of all men was put to death. The choice of the expression ‘the greatest’ is not mine. What ...