Romanian Orthodox Church Marks 135th Anniversary of Autocephaly

Basilica News Agency -  Aurelian Iftimiu-30/4/2020 On Saturday, the Romanian Orthodox Church marked its 135th anniversary of autocephaly. After Romania gained its state independence in 1877 and was declared a Kingdom in 1881, the prestige of the Romanian Orthodox Church increased, making necessary the formal recognition of its autocephaly, long denied by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. On November 23, ...

Great Mystery – A Spiritual Reflection on the Pandemic- Fr. Bedros Shetilian

Fr.Bedros Shetilian – OCP Articles – 29/4/2020 At this moment, when we are in our homes complaining about not going out, there is a colossal tragedy occurring somewhere not far from us. That “somewhere” are our hospitals. Hundreds of thousands are dying, millions are fighting for their lives, and there is pain and tears everywhere. “Father, if ...

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE CHURCHES AND THE WORLD – CEMES

CEMES - 28/4/2020 CENTER OF ECUMENICAL, MISSIOLOGICAL, AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES- 'METROPOLITAN PANTELEIMON PAPAGEORGIOU' (CEMES).  “The present pandemic is a period of spiritual renewal and of hope for a meaningful storm for a liturgical and overall renewal of the Church; it is a powerful experience of the authentic nature of the Church and manifests a longing for a ...

OVBS-OKR Goes Online During the Summer Vacations 2020

STOTS - 28/4/2020 St.Thomas Orthodox Theological Seminary (STOTS), Nagpur under the auspices of OVBS-OKR has decided to commence with an Online OVBS class for our beloved OVBS students of OKR dioceses during this summer vacations. We request wholehearted support from Our Vicars, Sunday School Headmasters, Teachers, and Parents towards this online project. Not only share the ...

Metropolitan Anthony: A Real Terror Launched Against the UOC

The UOC Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanich) of Boryspil and Brovary. Photo: antoniy.com.ua

UOJ - 26/4/2020 Met. Anthony noted that only a fluke saved the lives of 80 monks of the Holy Assumption Monastery during the fire and stressed the authorities' response to this. On April 24, 2020, the UOC Chancellor, Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanich) of Boryspil and Brovary, commented on the fire in the Holy Assumption Monastery in Odessa and prior ...

‘Barack Obama Enabled the Genocidal Slaughter of Nigerian Christians’ – Raymond Ibrahim

OCP News Service - 26/4/2020 USA: In his recent article titled 'How “the Evil Called Barack Obama” Enabled the Genocidal Slaughter of Nigerian Christians' Raymond Ibrahim categorically explains the role of the former US President Barack Obama and his connection to the ongoing slaughter of thousands of Nigerian Christians by various Islamic terrorist groups. The article sheds light on the financial support that was provided by the ...

“COVID-19 Helped Revive Elements of Monasticism in Our Life” – Metropolitan Seraphim Abraham of Bengaluru

Met. Seraphim Interviewed by Dn Job Sam Mathew

LJ- Chief Editor – OCP News Service - 25/4/2020 Interview by Deacon Job Sam Mathew with Metropolitan Seraphim Abraham of the Banglore Diocese of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church. # Clergy called up on to adapt to changes towards effective Church Ministry. BENGALURU, India: “The long period of lockdown due to increased spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has ...

Wonderworking Icon from Romania’s Sihăstria Monastery Carried in Procession Against Coronavirus and Drought

Basilica News Agency- Iulian Dumitraşcu -25/4/2020 On Bright Tuesday, the third day of Holy Pascha, the wonderworking Axion Estin (It is Truly Meet) Icon of the Mother of God from Romania’s famous Sihăstria Monastery was carried in procession, with the monks entreating God for relief from the coronavirus pandemic and drought.  The procession took place after the ...

Divine Liturgy Served by Bishop Armash on the Occasion of the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

St. Sarkis Armenian Church  - The Armenian Orthodox Diocese in Syria - 25/4/2020 On April 24, on the occasion of the 105th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Bishop Armash Nalbandian, Primate of Damascus celebrated the Holy Liturgy and the special prayer of the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide in the St. Sarkis Armenian Church in ...

The 105th Anniversary of the Armenian-Greek-Aramean-Genocide

OCP News Service - 25/4/2020 Visit the portal of the Armenian Genocide Museum here Global: The 105th anniversary of the Armenian-Greek-Aramean genocide was observed worldwide on 24th April 2020. Syrian Parliament Recognizes the Armenian Genocide Armenian Genocide was one of the worst crimes against humanity, committed by the Ottoman Turks against the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire between ...

SVS Press Launches New Website

SVOTS - SVS - 25/4/2020 [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY]  The website (www.svspress.com) of the largest English-language Orthodox book publisher in the world, St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS) Press, has been relaunched with a sleek new design and important new features. The new features will lead to noticeably better user experience for SVS Press patrons. The new layout ...

‘We Take Over Denmark’: Church Vandalized in Migrant-Heavy Town Outside Copenhagen

Sputniknews - 23/4/2020 The perpetrator also wrote “There is no God but Allah”, yet managed to spell Denmark wrong. Vejleå church in the town of Ishøj outside Copenhagen has been vandalized with spray paint, the police reported. According to Presse Photos, the culprit wrote “There is no God but Allah” in Arabic and added “We take over Denmark” ...

J.C. Larchet: The Value of the Holy Communion does not Depend on How it is Offered to the Faithful

Basilica News Agency -  Ștefana Totorcea - 23/4/2020 In a recent interview, French theologian Jean-Claude Larchet, well-known to Romanians through his numerous books on illness and suffering, places the COVID-19 pandemic in historical context and discusses the challenges to religious practice which stemmed from it and spurred controversy among the Orthodox faithful. The extensive interview approaches hotly ...

On Easter Monday Serbian Patriarch served in Monastery of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

Church of Serbia - 23/4/2020 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple on Easter Monday, 20 April 2020.  Source:  

“Contemplating ‘Signs of the Times’ and Pascha 2020″ – Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV)

SCV - 23/4/2020 An Update from Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV) Today more than ever and from the depths of our hearts, we wish you and your loved ones every blessing for Pascha and the paschal season. As a paschal offering, we are including here a meditation titled, “Contemplating ‘Signs of the Times’ and Pascha 2020.” We anticipate sharing a ...

Free Webinar: Creating an Orthodox Missiological Narrative

SVOTS - 23/4/2020 Another installment in the popular (and free!) Doctor of Ministry webinar series hits next Wednesday, April 29th. Join recent graduate Archpriest Peter Baktis, D.Min. for "Creating an Orthodox Missiological Narrative."  Click here to register. Registration ends at 10 p.m. Monday, April 27, so register soon if you plan on joining us! Source:

Holy Fire has Descended in Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

Basilica News Agency - Sorin Ioniţe - 20/4/2020 His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem entered the church a little after 1:00 PM, and after vesting and processing thrice around the Lord’s Tomb, he entered the Tomb itself at 1:45 PM. The Holy Light descended at about 1:50 PM, after only five minutes. Normally, after the Fire’s descent, the ...

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me” – On Corona Virus Pandemic by Fr. Bedros Shetilian

Fr.Bedros Shetilian - OCP Articles - 18/4/2020 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” On Coronavirus Pandemic When this crisis started, I thought of these Jesus’ words. What a tragedy. Hundreds of thousands are dying, millions are suffering and there is a global fear of uncertainty. This crisis is the biggest one since the Second ...

The Pioneer Who Dared to Brave the Spanish Flu and Racism

OCP Articles - Samuel Davis - 17/4/2020 1918 and 2020, Race, Faith, and America’s Response to Epidemics In May 2019, I was able to uncover the final resting place of Archimandrite Raphael Morgan; found at the historic Eden Cemetery in Collingdale, Pennsylvania. Archimandrite Raphael was the first ordained Black priest in the Orthodox Church to serve in ...

Paschal-Easter Message from George Joseph – Chairman of the OCP Society – 2020

OCP News Service - 17/4/2020 Christ is risen! Blessed is the Resurrection of Christ! Khristos haryav i merelotz! Orhnyal e Harouthyoune Khristosi! (Armenian- Eastern Dilacet)  Word took flesh. Any Christian believer knows that God came down to earth as a man to live among His creations to take up their sins on Him and to die for their ...