The spiritual father of the Monastery of the Holy Royal Passion-Bearers in Ganina Yama, the place where the Royal Martyrs’ bodies were dumped after their murder, Hieroschemamonk Abel (Odintsev) reposed in the Lord on Tuesday.
On holy Pascha, the feast of the Resurrection of Christ, a memorial service was celebrated in the chapel of the Resurrection of Christ in Optina Monastery, where Hieromonk Vasily (Roslyakov), Monk Trophim (Tatarinov), and Monk Ferapont (Pushkarev), who were martyred in the monastery on Pascha in 1993, are buried.
On the night that the holy Orthodox Church prayerfully remembers Christ’s betrayal by Judas and His Crucifixion amidst two thieves, unknown vandals attacked the Church of the Crucified Lord, setting fire to a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate in Kiev.
“We have been building the first monastery complex in honor of St. Matrona of Moscow in the Balkans for several years already. The church building is already built—we just have to find artists who can do the icons,” said Friendship Society head Zoran Gajić.
Nationalistic Ukrainian radicals are calling on the Ukrainian state to take the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra away from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The call to the Cabinet of Ministers came today during an “anti-oligarchic” march in Kiev.
The terms of the contract include the requirement for the building to continue to function as a church—it has already been in use by the Bulgarian Church community. The diocese plans to repair the property and arrange it according to Orthodox canons for a church building.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has again brazenly offended Orthodox Christians in Greece and around the world by reciting a prayer from the Koran in the iconic Agia Sophia, ignoring its status as a non-denominational museum.
The newly-consecrated metropolitan of Chicago for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, His Eminence Nathanel (Symeonides), was officially enthroned as the ruling hierarch for the Chicago Metropolis on Saturday.