Russian-Chinese Group Holds Consultations on Contacts and Cooperation in Religious Sphere

Met. Hilarion in China

Source: Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations On June 19, 2012, the second consultations were held by the Russian-Chinese group for contacts and cooperation in religious sphere at the PRC State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) in Beijing. The group was established in accordance with the memorandum of understanding on the development of Russian-Chinese contacts and cooperation in religious sphere concluded between the Russian Federation’s Presidential … [Read more...]

First-Ever Orthodox Divine Service is Celebrated in Cuba’s Westernmost Province

First Cuba Liturgy in Westernmost Province

Source: Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations On 16 June 2012, the first-ever Orthodox liturgy was celebrated in Pinar del Rio, the Cuba’s westernmost province. Rev. Dimitry Orekhov, rector of the Church of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God in Havana, officiated, website of the parish reports. Compatriots living in Pinar del Rio, parishioners, and staff of the Russian Embassy attended the Liturgy. The choir of the parish in Havana sang. The church building was … [Read more...]

The Stimulus of Spiritual Currency

(Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D.

Source: Oinos Consulting: "Frankly Speaking" - Weekly Commentary on Church, Culture and Commerce | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D. Between stimulus and response there is a space. The space to choose the power of our response. In our attitude lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor E. Frankl While visiting his grandfather’s farm a young boy was charmed by the lively activity of the chickens. “For such a small number,” he thought, “they sure make a great deal of noise and commotion.” The … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Attends Meeting of the Friends of Mount Athos in UK

Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, England.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Friday and Saturday, June 15-16, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah will travel to Oxford, England to participate as a member of the society in the Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Mount Athos. Under the presidency of His Eminence, Metropolitan Kallistos [Ware] of Diokleia, the Friends of Mount Athos is a charitable and education society dedicated to supporting the well-being of monasteries of Mount Athos and aiding … [Read more...]

Archimandrtie Ephraim Has Been Acquitted

Abbot Ephraim photo credit: The Friends of Vatopaidi

Source: Pravoslavie Moscow, June 14, 2012 The Greek Areopag (Supreme Court) has cancelled the decision of the appellate court of Thrace, which on March 1, 2012 sentenced Archimandrite Ephraim and monk Arseny of Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos and presiding judge of the court of first instance Maria Psalti to six months imprisonment, the sentence being commuted for three years. Each of these named persons has been acquitted of the accusation of delaying the public announcement of the … [Read more...]

Tornado Damage at Antiochian Village (Updated)

Antiochian Village

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese The staff at Antiochian Village writes: You may have heard that a tornado hit the Antiochian Village Camp and St Thekla Monastery on Friday, June 1st at approximately 5:20 PM. Thanks to our gracious and loving God, the members of our staff were in St Ignatius Church at the time praying the Paraklesis to the Mother of God when the tornado struck. No one was hurt. However there is extensive damage at the camp. We have hundreds of trees down and … [Read more...]

Annual Ancient Christianity Conference Inspires and Encourages

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America | Carla Thomas The Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black recently held their Annual Ancient Christianity Conference at Antiochian Village, from May 25-May 27. His Grace Bishop Thomas was a featured guest; audio of the Opening Addresses and Sessions is available on Ancient Faith Radio. The Brotherhood posted the following letter of thanks from Vice-President Carla Thomas: Greetings in Christ, Dear Metropolitan Jonah and Bishop … [Read more...]

ACROD Chancery Announces Special Assembly to Nominate a Successor to Met. Nicholas

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Source: American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA JOHNSTOWN, PA --- With thankfulness to Almighty God, the [American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox] Diocesan Chancery has announced that a Special Assembly of Diocesan Priests will be convened on Saturday July 14, 2012 in Christ the Saviour Cathedral by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Diocesan Locum Tenens for the purpose of nominating a candidate for ruling Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios of America Tours St. Nicholas Future Site at World Trade Center

Archbishop Demetrios is looking at the future site of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – “The new World Trade Center will not be whole and complete until the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church is rebuilt.” With these words, Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority welcomed Archbishop Demetrios and other representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and the St. Nicholas parish. The meeting was held, June 6, at the offices of the Director for the WTC construction, Steven Plate, and included a … [Read more...]

Take It or Leave It?

(Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D.

Source: Oinos Consulting: "Frankly Speaking" - Weekly Commentary on Church, Culture and Commerce | (Rev. Fr.) Frank Marangos, Ed.D. “All I have are the choices that I make, and I choose her . . . come what may!” - David Norris (Matt Damon) in the Adjustment Bureau (2011) After traveling 65-miles along an unpaved African trail, a missionary arrives just in time to participate in an ancient ritual. At the conclusion of the ceremony, he returns to his jeep only to discover a flat … [Read more...]