Orthodox Christian hierarchs, clergy, monastics, seminarians, laity, and thousands of others gathered in Washington D.C. on Friday for the 45th annual March for Life in protest of the national tragedy and shame of abortion. The theme of this year’s march was “Love Save Lives.”
The priests will thus follow the ancient Orthodox tradition of blessing water not only in churches, but in open sources on the feast of Theophany, when the holy Church celebrates the Baptism of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ by the hand of St. John the Baptist.
In his address to the Tyumen administration head Alexander Moore, Raksha called for a restoration of the historical Christian name of the street. During the process of renaming, he proposed placing duplicate street signs with the historical name and a description of the tragic events.
Metropolitan Amphilochios of Kissamos and Selino, Crete, has spoken out against the Greek government’s plan to open a number of casinos in several areas throughout the country, seeing them as part of a move towards anarchy in the nation.
On January 14, the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord and St. Basil the Great, the administrator of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Asia Archbishop Sergei of Solnechnogorsk celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the new home Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh on the Indonesian island of Bali.
The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is rejoicing over the return to its fold of another schismatic priest. Anatoly Stanislavovich Vasilenko has offered his repentance for having been a member of the self-styled “Kiev Patriarchate” and returned to the true Church of Christ in Ukraine under the headship of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine.