This Week:  Holy and Great Council and International Conference on Digital Media

This Week: Holy and Great Council and International Conference on Digital Media


Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are some of the stories making headlines the week of Friday, June 10, 2016.
• Holy and Great Council will take place as scheduled.
• OCN founder, Fr. Chris Metropulos to provide Live Commentary from Holy and Great Council
• Conference videos from 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care are now online.

Holy and Great Council will take place as scheduled.

First Up, The Ecumenical Patriarchate has announced that the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church, scheduled to take place in Crete on June 16-27 will continue as scheduled. An extraordinary session of the Patriarchate of Constantinople took place on June 6, under the presidency of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. The Patriarchate was informed of the positions and opinions expressed recently by some sister Orthodox Churches and, after evaluating these, ascertained that no institutional framework allows for the revision of the Synodal process already under way. Therefore, it is expected that the Primates of the 14 autocephalous Orthodox Churches will bring any proposals to amend, correct, or append for consideration during the council.According to an announcement sent by the Chief Secretariat, “The Ecumenical Patriarchate, which bears the first responsibility for safeguarding the unity of Orthodoxy, calls all to rise to the occasion and participate, on the pre-determined dates, in the sessions of the Holy and Great Council, as was decided and signed on a pan-Orthodox level both by the Primates during the Sacred Synaxes, as well as by those authorized by each Delegation during the entire lengthy preparatory process of the Council.” You can find more information on the Holy and Great Council by going to the official website as well as the Ecumenical Patriarchate Press Office at


Fr. Chris Metropulos to provide Live Commentary from Holy and Great Council

And next up, Hellenic College Holy Cross President Fr. Christopher Metropulos, has been selected to join a team of professionals to offer live commentary on the Divine Liturgies at the beginning and close of the long-anticipated Holy and Great Council of the Holy Orthodox Christian Church –the first such meeting in 1200 years. Two broadcasts will be available for viewing: one on June 19th, the Feast Day of Pentecost and the other on June 26th, the Feast Day of all Saints. Fr. Metropulos, Founding Father of OCN, will offer English commentary that will be directly translated into Five languages and made available on websites, including Holy and Great Council Pentecost 2016, Press Office of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church Ecumenical Patriarchate, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Orthodox Christian Network. “I invite you to join me as we journey together through one of the most sacred services in Orthodox Christianity celebrated by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch BARTHOLOMEW as the first amongst equals along with the heads of the autocephalous Churches throughout the world,” Fr. Metropulos said. “The ancient, historical Church of Christ will be in full view of a worldwide audience,” he explained. “This witness is important in that the heavenly will be in communion with the earthly. The Hierarchs you will see are the direct descendants of Christ’s original Apostles, tracing their ordination in apostolic succession. It is time for mankind to witness and hear this profound voice.”  This is the third time Fr. Metropulos has been asked to provide live commentary for historic occasions, including the worldwide televised broadcast of the meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem in May of 2014. And a few months later he returned to Rome to provide the English commentary for Pope Francis’ visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople (Istanbul) in celebration of the Feast Day of St. Andrew.


Conference videos from 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care

And next up, Video recordings of the presentations made during the 1st International Conference on Digital Media and Orthodox Pastoral Care in Athens are now available. The conference, the first of its kind in the world, was organized jointly by the web sites ‘Pemptousia’ from Greece, ‘OCN’, the Orthodox Christian Network, from the Unites States, and ‘Bogoslov’ from Russia. It was attended by more than 20 Hierarchs, 75 speakers from 21 countries, that covered all the jurisdictions of the Orthodox Church. A team of interpreters provided real time translation of papers into Greek, English and Russian. The three-day conference was also available through live video streaming, making it accessible to people from around the world. You can find links to the conference on our website by searching DMOPC15.


And in News from OCN.

Be sure to log on to to listen to interviews leading up to and in anticipation of the Holy and Great Council with Metropolitan TIKHON of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan SAVAS of Pittsburgh and Fr. Nathanael, the Director of the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Executive Assistant to Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. And remember to download, “Spark” our latest OCN App, an Orthodox Christian News Portal, that can help you access information about events going on in the Orthodox Christian World, making it easy to share with friends and even allows you to make prayer requests for those in need. Visit to easily download OCN Spark from iTunes.

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That brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy,” to a close. Wishing you a Blessed Bright Week, for everyone here in our OCN studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.



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Emmy Louvaris

Emmy Louvaris is the host of This Week in Orthodoxy, the first weekly news show to cover the international Orthodox Church and community.