“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.
The momentous event came after less than three years from the day of the blessing and laying of the church’s foundation stone by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and His Beatitude Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland on December 5, 2015.
The Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church voted last week not to send any representatives to the schismatic Macedonian Orthodox Church’s upcoming celebrations for the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Ohrid Archbishopric.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Kirill of Ekaterinburg and Verkhotursky, a series of celebrations dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the birth of Royal Martyr Tsar Nicholas II was held in the Ural capital from May 17 to 19.
In response to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s recent appeal to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to grant autocephaly to a united Ukrainian Church, to be made up of the nation’s currently-existing two schismatic bodies, several Local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches around the world have begun expressing their support for the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church that is headed by His Eminence Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, and which did not back the president’s appeal, as did the schismatic bodies and the nation’s parliament.
On Sunday May 13, the day of commemoration of St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov), the 30th anniversary of the canonization of this great Russian hierarch and theologian was festively celebrated at the Entrance of the Theotokos-Tolga Monastery in Yaroslavl, Russia, where his precious relics repose.
The faithful of the canonical Orthodox Church in Ukraine have begun adding their signature to an address to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod of Constantinople, speaking out in defense of their mother Church which is under attack in Ukraine.
The festive liturgical glorification of Elder Iakovos (Tsalikis) of Evia among the saints will be celebrated on June 2-3 at the Monastery of St. David on the island of Evia, where St. Iakovos labored in asceticism and served as abbot.
A new Orthodox church, named in honor of the Holy Martyr Photini, known in the Gospels as the Samaritan Woman, was consecrated on Sunday May 6, the day when the holy Church read the Gospel account of her meeting with the Lord Jesus Christ at the well, in the Republic of the Congo’s coastal city of Pointe Noire.