Russian Orthodox Church commemorates St. Seraphim of Sarov
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, August 1 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian Orthodox Church is commemorating St. Seraphim of Sarov, one of Russia's most prominent monks and ascetics who lived in the 18th-19th centuries.Over 15,000 people took part in festive events dedicated to the finding of St. Seraphim's relics, kept in the Holy Trinity St. Seraphim-Diveyevo Convent. The celebrations were held in the village of Diveyevo in the Nizhny Novgorod Region crossed by the Volga River, where the saint lived in the final pe more....
Russian Patriarch greeted by 3,000 Orthodox believers in Rivne
Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Kirill of Moscow, was greeted by 3,000 Orthodox believers during a visit on Aug. 3 to Rivne, western Ukraine..Patriarch Kirill arrived in the city by a car at about 13:45 from the district administrative center of Korets. In Rivne he visited the lower hall of the Holy Resurrection cathedral, which is run by the Moscow-run Ukrainian Orthodox Church. more....
Eastern Orthodox Patriarch opposing Israel
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III submitted a legal appeal that has suspended “a recent attempt by Israel's Jerusalem municipality to confiscate 43dunums [about 11 acres] of church property near the Beit Safafa village,” in order to expand streets and public facilities.“Patriarch spokesman Father Issa Musleh noted that the process of stopping further Israeli land confiscations had become a priority for the church in Jerusalem. The Patriarch intends “to defend holy sites and property” and more....
Video .. Orthodoxy 101: Orthodox Music
In continuing the Orthodoxy 101 series, it seems only natural for there to be an article about liturgical chanting. Well, there may not be too much reading as there will be listening. One of the fascinating (and spiritually nourishing) things about Orthodox worship is how it incorporates all the senses: you see the icons, hear the chanting, smell the incense, taste the blessed bread, and hold the candles all while praying and focusing your heart and mind on God. more....
Russia's Patriarch Kirill arrives in Ukraine's Crimea
SIMFEROPOL, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church, who is in Ukraine on a 10-day visit, has arrived in the Crimean city of Simferopol.Earlier on Friday, Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and all Ukraine and other Ukrainian Orthodox Church representatives arrived in the Crimea. They met Patriarch Kirill, who then headed for the St. Trinity Monastery in central Simferopol.Kirill said his visit to the Crimea was aimed at praying together with believers. more....
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