Before the “Orthros” or Matins (morning prayer), the Priest prepares himself for the Divine Liturgy by special prayers recited outside the Iconostasion (Altar Screen) before the Royal Doors.
Saint John was born in Damascus about the year 675, the son of wealthy and pious parents, of the family of Mansur.
Saint Barbara was killed by the hand of her own father. He cut off her head because he was a pagan and she could not allow herself to follow those errors.
On Wednesday evening, December 3nd, Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia delivered the second Homily on the Holy Eucharist.
It’s the blessed time not only to decorate our houses and offices but also to decorate our souls with the spiritual ornaments of fasting, prayer and humility.
The second Homily (The Liturgy of the Word) will be delivered on Wednesday, December 3, 18.30p.m. at the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Luke (704 Universal Trade Centre, 3 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong).
Pope Francis was enthusiastically greeted with the ringing of church bells upon arrival at the Ecumenical Patriarchate today on the occasion of the celebration of St. Andrew the Apostle, patron saint of the Church of Constantinople, the Byzantine name for present-day Istanbul.
From November 24-25, 2014, a working group of official delegates met with the blessing of His All-Holiness in order to establish a course of action for the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Chalcedonian and Non-Chalcedonian Orthodox Churches.
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of over 300 million Orthodox faithful worldwide, will receive Pope Francis on November 29-30, 2014, at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople.
The Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos in the Temple is believed to be not among the most ancient festivals of the Church.