Consecration of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro) Church in Ricao Fondo

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - 2/11/16 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II consecrated the Church of the Lady of the Belt (Zunoro) in Ricao Fondo – Brazil. Their Eminences Mor Titus Boulos Touza, Syriac Orthodox Apostolic Nuncio in Brazil, Mor Selwanos Boutros Al-Nehmeh, Archbishop of Homs, Hama and Environs, Mor Chrysostomos Youhanna Ghassaly, Patriarchal Vicar in Argentina, ...

Saudis Arrest and Deport 27 Christians for ‘Conducting Christian Prayers’

Raymond Ibrahim - Coptic Solidarity - September 2016 Saudi Arabian officials recently arrested 27 Christians—among them several women and children—for the crime of “conducting Christian prayers” and being “in possession of Bibles,” reports Arab media. The group of Christians, most if not all of whom were Lebanese nationals, were celebrating a Virgin Mary feast day when authorities stormed their ...

The Feast of the Dormition of Virgin Mary – Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

The Armenian Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - August 2016 This weekend the celebrations for the feast of the Dormition of Virgin Mary took place at at the Church of the Tomb of St. Mary. Early in the morning clergy and faithful started the 'pilgrimage walk' from the Armenian Convent to the Church at the foot of Mt. of Olives. ...

Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at the Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate

Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate - August 2016 His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated the Holy Qurobo at Mor Jacob Baradeus Monastery on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In his sermon, His Holiness spoke about the virtues of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, especially her tenderness and humble ...

August 15 Services at Historic Site in Turkey are Rescheduled

OCN -  Presvytera Vassi Haros - August 2016 The Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Orthodox Church and therefore one of the most celebrated feast days across the Orthodox World.  It is remembered on August 15 and preceded by a fourteen day fast.  Most people simply ...

Mar Yulios: Observe Soonoyo fast by meditating and honouring the ‘Holy Theotokos’

Catholicate News - Indian Orthodox Malankara Church - August 2016 AHMEDABAD: Orthodox Diocese of Ahmedabad Metropolitan HG Pulikottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios has called upon the faithful to invoke Soonoyo fast with all seriousness. In an elaborative message to the faithful of the Diocese, the Metropolitan says that by partaking in the Feast of Dormition of Holy Theotokos, ...

WHY IS A 13TH CENTURY RELIGIOUS ICON TRAVELING AROUND THE ST. LOUIS AREA?

St. Louis Public Radio - May 2016 Several Orthodox Christian churches in the St. Louis area are hosting a centuries old icon over the next few days. The Kursk Root Icon is a painting of the Virgin Mary, known as the Theotokos, that is said to date to the 13th century in its namesake town in Russia. The ...

“The Light and the Peace of Bethlehem” – Patriarch Daniel of Romania

25/12/15 Christmas carols represent the liveliest expression of the tradition of the Romanian people through which the mystery of God’s love towards humankind shown in Jesus Christ is poetically presented. In the Romanian tradition, carols are characterized by their theological depth and by the simplicity of their form, as a lively manifestation of the popular theological and ...

2015 Nativity Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude John X – Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

22/12/15 By the mercy of God Patriarch John X, The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East (Read the Arabic version) To my brother pastors of the Antiochian Holy Church, and my children throughout the Holy See “I behold a strange, most glorious mystery: heaven—the cave, the cherubic throne—the Virgin, the manger—the place where Christ lay. The uncontained God ...

Tbilisi: Cathedral construction on Makhata hill completed

Tbilisi: Cathedral construction on Makhata hill completed

Agenda.ge - April 2015 Georgian high officials, representatives of the Georgian Orthodox Church and hundreds of worshipers have gathered to celebrate the completion of the Iveria Holy Virgin Mary Church construction on the Makhata hill in Tbilisi. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili attended the ceremony and said the cathedral would become a symbol of the country’s unification. “This is a ...

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 ...

The Patriarch Of Romania At The Dedication Day Of The Princely Church – The Old Court

On 25 March 2015, the church of Saint Anton of the Old Court – patriarchal chapel – celebrates its historical dedication day. This day was established by the founders of this church, Prince Mircea and Lady Chiajna, when they built it in 1559. One day before the dedication day, on 24 March 2015, His Beatitude ...

Rev Dr. Themistocles Adamopoulo to lead Archon Lenten Retreat – March 27 to 28

23/3/15 With the blessings of Archbishop Demetrios of America, Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, it is with great joy that we invite you and your families to attend the Twelfth Annual National Archon Lenten Retreat on March 27 and 28 under the superb chairmanship of ArchonHieromnimon Peter J. Skeadas and co-chairman Archon Ostiarios Michael G. Psaros.  ...

Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple

December 2014 When the Most-holy Virgin Mary reached the age of three, her holy parents Joachim and Anna took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem to dedicate her to the service of God according to their earlier promise. It was a three-day journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem but, traveling to do a God-pleasing work, this journey was ...

Assyrian School Welcomes Students in Istanbul : Marking a New Beginning

September 2014 ISTANBUL (AA) -- Thousands of Istanbul children return to school next but for one very special group the new term promises something special. The Mor Efrem nursery in Ye?ilköy will ring to the sound of the ancient Assyrian language as this Christian minority opens their first school in Turkey for almost 90 years. At least 20 ...

How I met the Mother of all generations – Orthodox Mission in Indonesia

Presbytera Elisabeth giving out gifts to pupils

  Presbytera Elizabeth Koamesakh–Manalu, Indonesia - 30/8/14 Before 1989 I knew nothing about the spiritual attitude of Orthodoxy toward the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. To me, like all Protestants, the name “Mary” was only related to the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord; as a result, no special honour or love was ever rendered ...

THE ICON OF THEOTOKOS CARRIED TO GETHSEMANE

August 2014 In the early hours of Monday, the 12th/25th of August 2014, the icon of Theotokos was carried in a procession from the chapel of Gethsemane opposite the Church of the Resurrection to the Tomb of the Virgin Mary in Gethsemane. Archimandrite Nektarios, the Abbot at the Holy Shrine of Gethsemane, led the procession, carrying the ...

Virgin Mary Statue returns to monastery in terrorism-battered Maaloula

May 2014 Damascus Countryside, (SANA) Amid popular and civil participation, the army returned on Monday a statue of the Virgin Mary which terrorists had shattered to St. Sergius and St. Bacchus Monastery in Maaloula in Damascus Countryside, as SANA reporter said. The statue sustained significant damage at the hands of terrorists when they were running amok in ...

Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs before and after insurgent activities

11/5/14 Oum al-Zennar Church, before and after terrorists passed through it More images here: Homs, (SANA) When looking at images of Oum al-Zennar Church in Homs Old City before and after terrorists passed through it, the contrast can be quite jarring. The wounded church stands today as a testament to the hate-fueled Wahabi mentality of the terrorist groups ...

Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Palm Sunday at Church of Virgin Mary in Paramus, NJ

Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch and All East - April 2014 Paramus – NJ.  On April 13, 2014, His Holiness Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II celebrated Palm Sunday Divine Liturgy at the Church of The Virgin Mary in Paramus, NJ. His Holiness was greeted at the entrance of the church and met by Very. Rev. Fr. ...

Catholicos of All Armenians Congratulated Female Employees of the Mother See on the Occasion of the Feast of Annunciation of the Virgin Mary

On April 7, in the Events Auditorium of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, met with 145 women working in the departments of the Mother See, on the occasion of the Feast of Annunciation of the Holy Virgin Mary. Following ...