Since about 1600, the Church of St. George has been the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the senior patriarchate of the Greek Orthodox Church and recognised as the spiritual leader of the world’s Eastern Orthodox Christians.
The goal of Archangel Gabriel Orthodox Church is now to build an Orthodox temple on the property, develop the land (with a community garden, an orchard, a cemetery [pending approval] and various landscaping projects), followed eventually by the construction of a trapeza (“fellowship hall”).
A new stamp dedicated to the main cathedral of Gorny Convent in Jerusalem, dedicated to All Saint Who Have Shown Forth in the Russian Land, was released yesterday as a joint issue between the Russian Federation and the State of Israel.
An American who had learned Russian, in 1989 Fr. Daniel McKenzie became the rector of the Russian church and he has given spiritual guidance to the Russian Orthodox flock for about thirty years since then.
The Glinsk Hermitage was a provincial monastery at the beginning of the twentieth century, located in a desert wilderness, but its glory extended not only throughout the entire Russian Empire, but even far beyond its borders.
His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia has accepted the invitation of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill to visit Moscow on December 4 for the celebration of the centenary of the restoration of the Russian Patriarchate, saying he is ready to visit, health allowing.
There are very few affordable homes for the aging in our communities, where Orthodox seniors can receive not only medical care in their infirmity and helplessness, but also spiritual care: visits from an Orthodox priest, confession, Communion, and Unction.
An icon of Holy Hierarch and Confessor Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) the Physician of Simferopol, which had orbited the globe around 700 times aboard the International Space Station has been returned to Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery.
The monastery was restored to the Church in the early 1990s, and the islands have become an increasingly popular place of pilgrimage and secular tourism since the monastery was reopened. Today about 30,000 to 40,000 thousand tourists visit the islands each year.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania headed the transferal of the reliquary containing a portion of the relics of St. Seraphim of Sarov to the spiritual center of the Romanian Patriarchate yesterday.
St. Maximus was persecuted by Byzantine Emperor Constantine II, undergoing torture and being exiled, with two disciples, to Western Georgia, where he was buried in the city of Tsagrei, the regional center of the historical region of Lechkhumi.
''While travelling I stopped off in Optina Pustyn and carried away a remembrance that I shall never forget. I think that on Mt. Athos itself there is nothing better. Grace is visibly present there. One can even sense it clearly in the external serving (in church)".