On December 19, 2009, the Commemoration Day of St. Nicholas the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relations, who is in Bangkok for the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas’s.
Participating in the meeting, which took place at St. Nicholas’s Church in Bangkok, were clergy in charge of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in China, Thailand, Mongolia, Indonesia, Singapore and other countries of the region.
On 18 December 2009, Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, arrived in Bangkok with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to take part in the celebration of the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent the following message to Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland on the occasion of the anniversary of his enthronement. Your Eminence: I cordially greet You with the anniversary of Your election Primate of the Orthodox Church of Finland. I…
Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for external church relations, sent the following greetings to Archbishop Leo of Karelia and All Finland with the anniversary of his enthronement: Your Eminence: I cordially greet You with the eighth anniversary of Your enthronement. While congratulating You on this…
That same day the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople had a talk with Bishop Mark of Yegorievsk and Bishop Seraphim of Bobruisk and Bykhov.
The Commission, whose task is to elaborate the agenda of a Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, continued to consider the problem of autocephaly and ways of declaring it – the discussion which began in 1993, and prepared proposals on autonomy and ways of declaring it.
The Central Committee of the Conference of European Church (CEC) at its session on December 16, 2009, elected Metropolitan Emmanuel of France (Patriarchate of Constantinople) as new President of the CEC.
On December 18, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church will officiate at All-Night Vigil and on December 19 will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the honorable relics of St. Nicholas the Miracle-worker in Bare.
A consultation on Orthodox Ecclesiology was held on December 7-9, 2009, in Windsor Palace, an official residence of the Queen of Great Britain. It was initiated by the Church of England in the person of Bishop Geoffrey Rowell of Gibraltar, Deaconess Christine Hall and Prof. Sven-Erik Brodd of Uppsala University,…