The official website of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church has published a statement from His Eminence Metropolitan Naum of Ruse, clarifying the Holy Synod’s stance towards the question of the schismatic “Macedonian Orthodox Church,” emphasizing that it will not cause a schism in the Orthodox world over the issue.
Archimandrite Tikhon (Sekretarev), the abbot of the seminal Holy Dormition Pskov Caves Monastery in Pechory, Russia filed a petition of resignation addressed to His Eminence Metropolitan Tikhon (Shevkunov) of Pskov and Porkhov, citing “health reasons.”
Clergy of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate are being subjected to pressure from Ukrainian authorities to back President Petro Poroshenko’s appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant a tomos of autocephaly to a new Ukrainian Church.
Fr. Valery, who turned 90 years old in December, fell asleep in the Lord in Howell, New Jersey, where he was pastor emeritus of the St. Alexander Nevsky Diocesan Cathedral of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
The primates of the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, celebrated the service together, honoring the Equals-to-the-Apostles who are foundational for both of their Churches and cultures.
What united all of the selections was not their style or date of composition, but the heartfelt approach of prayerful singing. The singers and conductor were engaged in an ascetic exercise of striving to make the music reflect and enhance the text of the prayers, rather than simply performing music for its own sake.
A shelter for the homeless, opened in Brooklyn by the Charitable Foundation “St. John Give Hope,” becomes a place of joint prayer between the volunteers and their wards on Saturday evenings. However, at the House of Mercy, they prefer to call the wards “brothers.”
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, currently visiting Moscow, took the opportunity to forcefully speak out yesterday in support of the suffering Ukrainian Orthodox Church and against the schismatics and nationalists who attack it.
The ancient Church of St. Kyriaki on the South Aegean Greek island of Naxos and a mosaic of the Transfiguration at Mt. Sinai’s 6th-century St. Catherine’s Monastery have been declared winners of the 2018 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards in the conservation category.
A group of Ukrainian nationalists attempted to provoke a fight with believers of the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church who had gathered outside the Dnipro Regional Council a few days ago to protest the proposed amalgamation of two schismatic confessions into a new autocephalous Ukrainian Church.
Artemy, the parishioner of the Church of the Archangel Michael in Grozny, Chechen Republic, who was murdered during Saturday’s terrorist attack on the parish, was honored with a burial on church grounds yesterday.
“We, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, mourn the tragic loss of life of the 10 victims of this abominable murderous act, eight high-school students and two teachers and we share the deep pain and grief of their families and friends. Our fervent prayers and thoughts are with all of them, the victims, their families and their friends.”
The foundation stone for a new “ecumenical church,” to be used by both the schismatic “Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church” (UAOC) and the heretical Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) was laid in Poltava on Saturday.
On Sunday, May 20, the primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine took part in an official ceremony honoring the memory of the victims of political repression in Ukrainian history.