CUTTING ST BASIL’S PIE AT THE PATRIARCHATE – 2015

At 5:00 pm on New Year’s Eve, namely Tuesday the 31st of December 2014/13th of January 2015, the pie-cutting ceremony took place at the Patriarchate’s Hall of Events. At the beginning of the ceremony, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem addressed guests in celebration of the New Year. The Fathers then sang the Apolytikion of the Circumcision of the ...

Celebrating the New Year in a War Zone

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  January 2015 Except for going to church services all the population of Sierra Leone was instructed to stay home during the Christmas and New Year holidays. We are currently under a semi – lockdown mode for the Festive Season. No restaurants, no sporting events, no public celebrations, no wedding receptions, no street celebrations, all shops must ...

Orthodox Nativity, New Year and Epiphany Celebrations Worldwide

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The Catholicosate of Cilicia Will Always Be at the Forefront of Demanding the Restoration of Our People’s Rights and Restitution of Their Properties – His Holiness Aram I

1 January 2014. At the end of the Holy Liturgy, celebrating the New Year at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, the clergy and laity went to the residence of Catholicos Aram I to hear his message and receive his blessings. In his message, the Catholicos reminded the gathering that the New Year and the Feast of ...

Moscow Patriarch prays for Russia, Ukraine, entire historic Rus in New Year sermon

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4/1/15 TASS/. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill I has voiced the wish for the incoming year 2015 to be a time of God’s blessing for all parts of the historic Rus, which embraces today’s Russia, Ukraine and Belarus and falls into the canonical realm of the Russian Orthodox Church. “We are going through a knotty ...

Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Popes of Alexandria Meets in Cairo: Exchange Nativity and New Year Greetings

December 2014- January 2015 THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE GOD-MAN IN CAIRO On the day of the Nativity of the God Man, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa conducted the Divine Liturgy of the Nativity of Christ at the Holy Patriarchal Church of St Nicholas in Cairo, together with ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II celebrates New Year Liturgy at Ankawa

03/01/2014 Erbil/Iraq: His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the occasion of the New Year at the Lady of Light Church in Ankawa. The Patriarch said that "those who seek mondane glory will be disappointed because true glory is that from Heaven". He also spoke about our Lord Jesus Christ who is a ...

New Year’s Message of His Holiness Karekin II

January 2015 NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS KAREKIN II SUPREME PATRIARCH AND CATHOLICOS OF ALL ARMENIANS It is the festive day of New Year. We extend Our Pontifical love and blessings from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to you dear faithful people of Armenia, Artsakh and the Diaspora. The year 2015 opens with a sanctifying light in ...

Secrets to Happiness in 2015 – A New Year’s Message by Rev. Fr. Alexander J. Kurien

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OCP News Service - 01/01/2015 Fr Alexander Kurien Deputy Associate Administrator The Office of U.S. Government-Wide Policy United States Government Washington D.C. Per recent events such as the Ebola, universal uprising of terrorism, multiple shootings, several major plane crashes, Cruise ships and Ferries sinking, many children went missing, it is obvious that we are living in a time of growing uncertainty ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II arrives in Erbil : New Year to be celebrated with refugees & displaced Christians

31/12/14 - Kurdistan Kurdistan: His Holiness Patriarch Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived in Erbil. The Patriarch was received by their Eminences Archbishop of Mosul and Environs Mor Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, Mor Gregorius Saliba Shemoun and Archbishop of Mor Matta Monastery Archdiocese Mor Timotheos Moussa Al-Shamani as well as Christian religious leaders and government officials from ...

Nativity and New Year Greetings from OCP Chairman

OCP Executive Council - December 2014- January 2015 Dear All Nativity and New year Greetings. Christ is Born, Let us adore Him!!! I take this opportunity to congratulate and wish you all a blessed nativity and peaceful New Year. Christmas is the season of joy, peace and hope. Let us pray for and support all our brothers and sisters who ...

Orthodox Mission in the Kingdom of Tonga

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December 2014 Dear brothers, “Christ is born, give glory!” These words of the composer were heard in the far Tonga islands for the first time, this year. Their echo reaches every corner of Oceania. God enters the life and history of Pacific Islanders and the joy that He spreads to their pure souls is mirrored in their innocent faces. ...

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 ...

Celebrating Christmas & New Year in a War Zone – Fr Themis Christmas Message

OCP News Service- December- 2014- January 2015 Lock-Down Mode Festive Season In Sierra Leone Due to Ebola Crisis “Our nation is at war with a vicious enemy.” (E.B. Koroma, President of Sierra Leone, 17 / 12 / 14). Support Fr Themi to fight Ebola here:  Except for going to church services all the population of Sierra Leone must stay home this ...

Patriarchal Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year

31/8/14 - Prot. No. 907 + BARTHOLOMEW By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Entire Church: Grace and Peace from the Creator, Sustainer and Governor of all Creation, our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ Blessed brothers, sisters, and children in the Lord, The common Mother of all Orthodox, the Church of Christ, the ...

CUTTING ST BASIL’S PIE AT THE GREEK CLUB OF JERUSALEM

In the evening of Saturday, the 12th/25th of January 2014, the custom of St Basil’s pie was observed in a festive ambiance by the Greek Club in West Jerusalem, at its traditional hall which was founded by the late Sacristan of the Holy Sepulcher, Archimandrite Efthymios. His Beatitude Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem, cut the pie, blessing the ...

Pastoral Visits to Armenian Detention Facilities

January 2014 On the Feast of the Holy Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prison Ministry Program of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin conducted pastoral visitations of clergy to the Detention facilities of the Republic of Armenia. The visitations were led by Rev. Fr. Ruben Zargarian, Chaplain of Prison Ministries.   During the ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Meets Representatives of Youth Organizations

On January 11, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, welcomed members of the Diocesan Youth Organizations of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church, non- governmental organizations and Student Associations in the Events Auditorium of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The young people were visiting the ...

Traditional New Year’s concert of the Belgrade Cathedral Church

January 2014 In Belgrade’s National Theater the traditional New Year’s concert of the Cathedral church began with Lord’s prayer Our Father and the Serbian anthem  O, God of Justice  - on the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Chanting Ensamble – Saint Basil the Great. Protopresbyter-stavrophor Petar Lukic, dean of the Cathedral church, read the New Year’s Message ...

‘Montenegrin church’ erases St. Sava and Orthodox New Year from calendar

16/1/14 Vecernje Novosti In Serbia State-owned daily “Pobjeda” printed and distributed on Christmas a calendar of the so-called Montenegrin Orthodox Church in which were erased all saints except Vasilije Ostroski, and Orthodox or Serbian New Year is presented as New Summer or Vasiljevdan. As “Novosti” reported, St. Sava has been removed from the calendar. On January 27th, according ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Receives the Administrative Directors and Staff of the Mother See

On January 8, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, received the administrative directors of the departments of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, in the Events Auditorium of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary. During the meeting the Catholicos of All Armenians offered his congratulations on the occasion of the feasts of New ...