The memory of the great Athonite spiritual father of the 20th century Elder Joseph the Hesychast will be celebrated in the Holy Transfiguration Skete of the of the Holy Trinity-St. Jonas Monastery in the village of Nescherov in the Kiev Province.
Archimandrite Kirill (Pavlov), an elder greatly beloved throughout Russia and the entire Orthodox world, was prayerfully honored on the second anniversary of his repose yesterday at the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra where he labored for so many years and where he is now buried.
While the state and the schismatics speak of more than 300 parishes having moved already, in fact, there have only been 23 communities with their priest and 13 without a priest that have voluntarily gone into schism, His Grace Bishop Viktor of Baryshevka explained on Ukrainian TV today.
Archimandrite Luke (Murianka), the abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) was consecrated as the new ROCOR Bishop of Syracuse yesterday.
Unlike other former USSR nations, the Ukrainian state has not returned many of the most valuable Church sites to the control of the Church. Thus, the Kiev Caves and Pochaev Lavras are officially state museums that are only temporarily leased out for Church use.
Metropolitan Emmanuel of Gaul of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of France of the Patriarchate of Constantinople sent a letter yesterday to the priests of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe, recently stripped of its exarchate status, offering to allow for its continued existence in a vicariate within his metropolis.
The memory of Archimandrite John (Krestiankin), the great elder of the Pskov Caves Monastery who labored under communist oppression, was celebrated at the monastery on Tuesday, February 5, the 13th anniversary of his repose.