As Gould writes, one of the major difficulties is that materials can only be brought to the island by boat and then hauled up the mountainside to the skete, thus the church, including the foundation must be built entirely of wood, most of which will come from local spruce trees.
The small space of the crypt is divided into three parts: the central one—the sanctuary where St. Nicholas’s relics rest; the Orthodox side-altar on the left; and the Catholic side-altar on the right. The iconostasis is portable and improvised, with a number of icons fixed to metalwork grills.
A fire broke out at the Russian St. Panteleimon’s Monastery on Mt. Athos on Sunday, causing serious damage that has yet to be fully assessed. Thankfully, there were no human casualties, and none of the monastery’s sacred relics or icons were damaged.
The youngest abbot on Mt. Athos, Archimandrite Methodius (Markovic) of the Serbian Hilandar Monastery, speaks on life as Liturgy, which is incomparably higher than any divisions that are now imposed upon Orthodox peoples.
The beginning of a new church was laid in Nur-Sultan, the capital city of Kazakhstan, on Sunday, as part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Diocese of Astana and Alma-Ata, as His Eminence Metropolitan Alexander of Astana and Kazakhstan consecrated the foundation stone for the future Church of All Saints Who Have Shone Forth in Kazakhstan.
A Pastoral Assembly of the Archdiocese of Russian Churches in Western Europe was held in Paris on Saturday where the members continued to discuss the future of their jurisdiction following the sudden removal of its exarchate status in November by the Holy Synod of Constantinople.
Having accepted the forced resignation of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople unanimously elected Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa, a bishop of an empty diocese, as the new Archbishop for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on May 11.
His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem has expressed gratitude to His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al-Hussein on behalf of himself, the members of the Holy Synod, the Brotherhood of the Holy Sepulchre, and the clergy and members of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem for his continuing care for the holy sites of Jerusalem, including his recent personal donation towards the restoration of the Holy Sepulchre.
Few people in Russia know about St. George’s Monastery on Sinai. We saw only one group of Russian pilgrims in it over two weeks of our stay there. They called at this place just for half an hour on their way to St. Catherine’s Monastery, where you can see Russian pilgrims nearly every day.
The Orthodox faithful of Shanghai had double cause for celebration this year on the feast of Pascha, as they were able to celebrate the feast in the Cathedral of the “Surety of Sinners” Icon of the Mother of God for the first time in more than 50 years.
The Greek Archdiocese is the largest jurisdiction in America and the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s main source of funding, thus the question of who will replace Abp. Demetrios is of particular importance. The Holy Synod of Constantinople next meets this weekend, from Thursday through Saturday, and it is expected that the hierarchs will officially accept Abp. Demetrios’ resignation and choose his successor.