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Source: Orthodox Church in America DALLAS, TX [OCA]  The Enthronement of His Grace, Bishop Alexander as the second Bishop of Dallas and the South will be celebrated at Saint Seraphim Cathedral, 4112 Throckmorton, Dallas, TX on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  [See related story.] Canonically elected by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America during their Spring Session on March 29, 2016, Bishop Alexander succeeds His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri, who in retirement fell asleep in the Lord at the age of 87 on August 28, 2011. The celebration will begin on Friday, June 10, with a reception…

Source: MYSTAGOGY Announcement of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches (01/27/2016) (Read text here in English) The items officially approved for referral to and adoption by the Holy and Great Synod are: The Mission of the Orthodox Church in the Contemporary World (Read text here in Greek and English) The Orthodox Diaspora, Autonomy and its Manner of Proclamation (Read text here in Greek and English) The Sacrament of Marriage and its Impediments (Read text here in Greek and English here and here) The Significance of Fasting and its Application Today (Read text here in Greek and English here and here) Relations…

Source: Orthodox Observer Originally issued on March 20, 2016. † Bartholomew By the Mercy of God Archbishop of Constantinople,New-Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch to the Plenitude of the Church, Grace and Peace from God Our holy Orthodox Church, adorned in purple and fine linen by the blood of her martyrs, the tears of her Saints, and the struggles and sacrifices of her confessors of faith, celebrates today her name day.  Following a century-long struggle, this day was appropriately identified as the Sunday of Orthodoxy, marking the day in which truth shone and triumphed over falsehood through the veneration of holy  icons…

Source:  Public Orthodoxy by Very Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides and Gayle E. Woloschak The document, “Mission of the Church in the World,” was released in preparation for the upcoming Holy and Great Council to be held in June (during the Feast of Pentecost) on Crete. This document relates to areas of great significance for problems in the world today—technology, war, discrimination and human dignity, globalization, the influence of the media, and others.  Each of these topics is far-reaching with little readily available literature directly related to these issues in the Church Tradition and in Patristic texts; as such, this document…

Source: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church A “Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church” will convene on June 16, 2016 and conclude on June 27, 2016. There are many rumors and much speculation about what this “Holy and Great Council” will mean. Some of these are true, others are totally false. What follow are some brief clarifications on basic questions surrounding the council. What issues are under consideration? The following six issues, out of very many that were suggested and studied in fifty years of pre-conciliar meetings, were officially approved for referral to, and adoption by, the Holy and…

Source: Pravoslavie Sofia, April 5, 2016 The official website of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria reports: on April 1, 2016, at the Church of St. Petka in Troyan (Bulgaria) Metropolitan Gabriel of Lovech celebrated a Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. After the service he held a conference of priests with all the clergy of the Troyan deanery participating. Various matters associated with liturgical and pastoral activities of the district’s clergy were considered. At the end of the conference confessors of the Troyan district of the Diocese of Lovech firmly and unanimously supported the Declaration of the Clergy of the Troyan District,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its Spring Session at the Chancery here on Friday, April 1, 2016.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the sessions. Highlights of the meeting included the following, according to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, delivered his opening address on Tuesday morning, March 29.  He prefaced his address by reflecting on the funeral of a young girl who had fallen asleep in the Lord after a battle with cancer, at which he presided at Saint Nicholas…

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations Originally published on January 28, 2016. The document is approved by the participants in the Synaxis of the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches on January 21 – 28, 2016, in Chambesy, except representatives of the Patriarchate of Antioch. It is published by the decision of the Synaxis of the Primates. Article 1 Introduction By the grace of the Holy Trinity, the Holy and Great Council is an authentic expression of the canonical tradition and perennial church practice as to the functioning of the conciliar system in One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church…

Source: Russian Orthodox Church Department of External Church Relations On 29 March 2016, the first meeting of the Pan-Orthodox Secretariat of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church began at the Orthodox Centre of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Chambésy, near Geneva, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Jeremiah of Switzerland (Patriarchate of Constantinople). The Pan-Orthodox Secretariat was established in compliance with a decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the Local Churches held in Chambésy on January 21-28. Each generally recognized autocephalous Church delegated one representative to make up the Secretariat. According to the decision of the Synaxis,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America As reported earlier, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon had accepted the invitation of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople to concelebrate at the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Church of Saint George in the Phanar district here on the Sunday of Orthodoxy—March 19-20, 2016. Earlier, Metropolitan Tikhon had accepted similar invitations from Patriarch Bartholomew.  In December 2014, he visited the Holy Theological School of Halki and the Patriarchate with Archpriests John Jillions, OCA Chancellor, and Archpriests John Behr and Alexander Rentel of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY.  In June 2015, Metropolitan Tikhon and Father Alexander…

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