Thousands Join Procession for Saint Sergius

Thousands Join Procession for Saint Sergius

Patriarch Kirill Led a Procession from Khotkovo to Sergiev Posad Let us pray today and in all the days to come to St. Sergius, that he might raise our prayers to the Throne of the Almighty: for our people, for our entire historical Fatherland, for the Russian land, and for...

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Kyrgyzstan Government Bans Orthodox Bishop

Kyrgyzstan Government Bans Orthodox Bishop

KYRGYZSTAN: Orthodox Bishop banned By Mushfig Bayram, Forum 18 News Service Kyrgyzstan’s State Commission for Religious Affairs (SCRA) on 14 July refused registration as missionary to Bishop Feodosy, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Kyrgyzstan, Forum 18 News Service has learned. Under the Religion Law, this prevents him...

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The World’s Only Paratrooper Priests with “Flying Chapels” are Orthodox

The World’s Only Paratrooper Priests with “Flying Chapels” are Orthodox

Have you ever seen a “flying” church or a paratrooper priest? For some time now, Orthodox Christian chaplains serving in the Russian armed forces have been using a special, self-assembling chapel that can be parachuted into remote locations. As the narrator of the YouTube report above says: The Russian military...

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WorldCrunch: High Stakes As Ukrainian Orthodox Must Choose New Leader

WorldCrunch: High Stakes As Ukrainian Orthodox Must Choose New Leader

Editor’s Note: As noted in an earlier post, the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has died. Given the current political realities, there is considerable tension over the question of his successor. However, this piece provides a valuable overview, from one writer’s perspective and with input from informed sources, of the ecclesial...

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Interfax: Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll

Interfax: Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll

Many consider Russia to be the largest concentration of Orthodox Christians in the world, and with good reason. But a recent poll shows the situation may be more complex than that. Number of Orthodox up in Russia but only few go to church, pray regularly – poll Moscow, July 4,...

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RT: Orthodox activists ‘confront’ Marilyn Manson band with eggs, holy water in Moscow

RT: Orthodox activists ‘confront’ Marilyn Manson band with eggs, holy water in Moscow

RT: Musicians of the iconic American rock band Marilyn Manson were reportedly pelted with eggs and sprinkled with holy water by Orthodox Christian activists ahead of the band’s Moscow concert. The gig was eventually delayed and canceled after a bomb threat. Known for his controversial onstage performances deemed by some...

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Pravmir: Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refuges from Eastern Ukraine

Pravmir: Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refuges from Eastern Ukraine

We recently shared beautiful photographs taken by the monks of the Valaam Monastery and stories of the spiritual pilgrimages made to this special place. Here we see an example of other work ongoing at the Monastery. Monks of the Valaam Monastery Shelter 116 Refugees from Eastern Ukraine in Valaam Metochion...

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The World’s Largest Icon

The World’s Largest Icon

Public processions on feast days are normal in the Orthodox Church. Large groups of believers will gather at a church or monastery and then walk outside in procession, chanting hymns and carrying icons, sometimes for miles. Every year in Tutaev, a town in Russia along the banks of the Volga...

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Famagusta-Gazette: Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy Expresses Concern on Cyprus Issue

Famagusta-Gazette: Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy Expresses Concern on Cyprus Issue

Minister of Education and Culture Costas Kades has stressed the close relations between Cyprus and Russia and the Orthodox Churches of the two countries, speaking during the 21st Interparliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. According to an official announcement, during the Assembly, titled “Parliamentary Democracy-Christianity-Orthodoxy: values and concepts”, it has been expressed...

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Four Paintings By Russian Orthodox Artist, Dmitry Petrov

Four Paintings By Russian Orthodox Artist, Dmitry Petrov

Dmitry Petrov is a young artist in Moscow who paints in a realist style. Not to be confused with the American artist of the same name who died in 1986, the Russian Dmitry Petrov has three permanent personal exhibitions in Samara, and his work can be found in galleries and private...

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