Yonas Geredew (OCP Delegate of Ethiopia and All Africa) – OCP News Service – 26/9/17
Addis Ababa-Ethiopia: His Excellency Mulatu Teshome – President of Ethiopia received His Holiness Baselios Marthoma Paulose II (Catholicos and Malankara Metropolitan on the Apostolic Throne of St. Thomas and Primate of the Indian Orthodox Malankara Church) and His Holiness Abune Mathias of Ethiopia. Catholicos Baselios Paulose II is currently on a visit to Ethiopia.
The Primate is accompanied by a large Indian Orthodox delegation.
From the Editors: On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the feast day of the Elevation of the Holy Cross of the Lord, the 150th anniversary of the cathedral in Geneva dedicated to that holiday will be celebrated.
EPISTLE of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, to His Eminence Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe, the Clergy, Parishioners and Worshipers of Elevation of the Cross Cathedral in Geneva.
Your Eminence, Vladyko! Dear in the Lord Reverend Fathers, Parishioners and Worshipers of Elevation of the Cross Cathedral:
I prayerfully participate with you in the divine services marking the 150th anniversary of the consecration of our official cathedral in Geneva, located in one of the highest points of the city, adorned with glistening gold cupolas, and with a warm heart I congratulate all the participants of this glorious celebration!
Just as during the laying of the foundation of this church in 1863, members of the Russian Imperial House were in attendance along with representatives of other Royal Houses and local government officials, so are there esteemed guests honoring this jubilee celebration along with a multitude of worshipers, for which I am grateful to God. I thank God, too, that He lent assistance to us sinners to preserve this holy site for Orthodox Christian faithful who seek eternal salvation in the Church of Christ. This is due to the great contributions to the Bartoshevich brother hierarchs: Archbishop Anthony and Bishop Leonty; Protopresbyter Serge Orlov; Protopriest Nikolai Samkov; their late assistants and the present-day clergy and parish officials.
Dear fathers, brothers and sisters, we celebrate important anniversaries not only for their own sake, but in order to remember where we come from, to humbly lift our prayers of gratitude to God for the seeds our predecessors sowed which matured and brought forth fruit. In this joint prayer of thanks to God, in our prayers for those who have reposed, in prayers for our present and future, and in communion of the Holy Mysteries of Christ, in commemoration of the reposed, in preparation for the celebrations themselves we must seek renewal of resolve for our future fruitful service in this holy place. That is why I appeal to you today, fervently wishing that just as a flame is ignited like a lampada from a candle, so we are sparked with the blessed power of today’s celebrations!
May the Holy Hierarch Bishop John (Maximovich), who more than once lifted his arms in prayer in this holy temple, be an intercessor for the renewal of our entire lives and our entire life’s path of service to God and mankind! May this be our prayer on “this day that the Lord has made.” Amen.
With love in the Lord, + HILARION, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Three ancient icons, presumably stolen around 120 years ago, were discovered during repairs to a children’s art school in Kuban, in the southern Russian federal district of Krasnodar Krai, Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs representative Irina Volk reported to Interfax-Religion.
“The message came to the Tikhoretsk Region Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs from the workers of one of the local construction projects. The declarant explained that while dismantling the old ceiling in a children’s art school in the village of Fastovetskaia they found three icons,” Volk explained.
According to her, the icons were presumably hidden in pre-revolutionary times under the roof of the landlord’s house, where the art school is now located.
“They were perhaps stolen from the local church, about 120 years ago. The church was subsequently destroyed and the icons lost,” Volk added.
The police are currently looking into the facts of the matter.
The Romanian Patriarchate currently operates a series of social programs through which hot food and food supplies are distributed to the needy. Within the framework of this national program “Table of Joy,” 17,048 people received necessary assistance in 2016 alone, reports the patriarchate’s Basilica News Agency.
The Table of Joy program is implemented in 24 dioceses by 178 social-philanthropic institutions. In 2009, the total value of the products offered totaled 4,426,281 euros ($6 million).
In order to ensure the necessary logistics of the various programs in terms of receiving and delivering food in good condition, five vans have been purchased equipped with insulation and refrigeration. Currently, all affiliates of the Diaconia Association, which offers social cafeteria services, as well as the six deaneries of the capital have means of transportation in compliance with the normative regulations in their field at their disposal.
The Romanian Patriarchate’s social programs benefit those known by social services at both the parish and diocesan level, and by non-governmental organizations that operate with the blessing of the bishops and archdioceses.
After struggling with a serious illness, His Eminence Metropolitan Irenei of Nezhin and Priluki reposed in the Lord at 5:35 PM on Saturday, reports the site of the Nezhin Diocese.
Met. Irinei was born on June 11, 1963 in the village of Rpotukha, in the Uman Region of the Chersky Province, Ukraine. His family moved to the village of Ladyzhynka in the same region soon after his birth.
In the fall of 1981 he entered the preparatory department of the Kiev Engineering-Construction Institute, and in 1982 he enrolled in the first year. In 1983, he left the institute of his own will an entered the Moscow Theological Academy.
He became a brother of the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in the fall of 1984, being tonsured on February 26, 1985 with the name Irinei, in honor of St. Irenaeus of Lyons. He was ordained to the diaconate on April 6, 1985 in the Dormition Cathedral in Vladimir, and to the priesthood on November 30, 1986 in the Refectory Church at the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.
In 1987, upon graduating from the seminary, the Educational Committee under the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church sent him to the Holy Dormition-Pochaev Lavra. In the spring of 1991, he was transferred to the Holy Dormition-Kiev Caves Lavra.
He graduated from the Moscow Theological Academy in 1992, and was appointed as a teacher at the Kiev Theological Seminary, serving as inspector from 1993 to 1994.
He was elevated to the rank of archimandrite in April 1994, and carried out the obedience of dean of the monastery beginning in September 1996.
On December 26, 2006 he defended his thesis “The History of Orthodox Female Monasticism in Ukraine in the Twentieth Century.” In 2007, he received the academic rank of associate professor.
He was consecrated as a bishop on June 10, 2007 in the Dormition Cathedral of the Kiev Caves Lavra. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop on August 28, 2014, and to the rank of metropolitan on July 28, 2017.
The body of Met. Irinei was met on Franco Square in Nezhin at 2:00 PM yesterday, and carried in procession to the St. Nicholas Cathedral, where the funerary All-Night Vigil was celebrated. Parishioners came during the service to bid farewell to their archpastor.
The Divine Liturgy began at 5:00 AM in the cathedral this morning, after which his body was transported to the Kiev Caves Lavra, where his funeral was served at 11:00 AM in the lavra’s Dormition Cathedral.
According to Met. Irinei’s will, he will be buried in the monastic cemetery at Holy Protection Covent in Krasnogorsk in the village of Baikavka in the Zolotonosha Region of the Cherkasy Province.