The Holy and Great Council held its concluding session on the 25th of June 2016, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete.  The work of the Council had commenced with the Patriarchal Concelebration on the Sunday of Pentecost, the 19th of June 2016, when the Divine Liturgy was presided over by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch, in Concelebration with the Primates of the Local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches, who were present, in the Cathedral of St. Minas in Heraklion, Crete.

During the sessions of the Holy and Great Council, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his joy, for the willing and positive response of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches in attendance.  At the same time, he underlined the immense efforts, over many years, by all Autocephalous Churches in preparation of the topics on the Council’s agenda.

The Primates of Local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches who participated in the Holy and Great Council, stressed the importance as well as the historical significance of the convocation of this Council.  They also expressed their confidence that the Council opens a new era of conciliarity, for the Orthodox Church to express its positions on the contemporary problems of man in the world.

The sessions of the Council were not attended by the delegations of the Holy Orthodox Churches of Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and Georgia.

The issues discussed in the Holy and Great Council, covered important topics such as, the Mission of the Orthodox Church in the modern world, the Orthodox Diaspora and the Operational Regulations of the Episcopal Assemblies, the Autonomy and the way for proclaiming it, the importance of Fasting and its compliance today, the Sacrament of Matrimony and its impediments, and the relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian world.

The Greek state headed by the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and the Greek government honored the Holy and Great Council in many ways and facilitated its work.

The work of the Holy and Great Council was officially concluded today, June 26th 2016, Sunday of All Saints, with the Patriarchal Concelebration.  The Divine Liturgy was presided over by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in Concelebration with the Primates of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, at the Holy Church of Saints Peter and Paul, in Chania, Crete.

Ηis All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew mentioned in his Homily that we should understand the Church as “substantially Synodical,” and the whole life of the Church as “life in Synod,” adding that the Synodical Decisions of the Holy and Great Council should be introduced in the life of the local Orthodox Churches.

His All-Holiness added that conciliarity is another word that characterizes the unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity of the Church, referring to its Eucharistic and eschatological identity and consciousness. 

“If, as has been fittingly said, the 21st century could and ought to prove to be, the ‘century of Orthodoxy,’ then the Holy and Great Council of our Most Holy Church, by the grace of God who is worshipped in Trinity and is Lord of All, has laid the foundation stone for the realization of this God-pleasing vision.”

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The Holy and Great Council held its concluding session on the 25th of June 2016, at the Orthodox Academy of Crete.  The work of the Council had commenced with the Patriarchal Concelebration on the Sunday of Pentecost, the 19th of June 2016, when the Divine Liturgy was presided over by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch, in Concelebration with the Primates of the Local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches, who were present, in the Cathedral of St. Minas in Heraklion, Crete.

During the sessions of the Holy and Great Council, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expressed his joy, for the willing and positive response of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches in attendance.  At the same time, he underlined the immense efforts, over many years, by all Autocephalous Churches in preparation of the topics on the Council’s agenda.

The Primates of Local Orthodox Autocephalous Churches who participated in the Holy and Great Council, stressed the importance as well as the historical significance of the convocation of this Council.  They also expressed their confidence that the Council opens a new era of conciliarity, for the Orthodox Church to express its positions on the contemporary problems of man in the world.

The sessions of the Council were not attended by the delegations of the Holy Orthodox Churches of Antioch, Russia, Bulgaria, and Georgia.

The issues discussed in the Holy and Great Council, covered important topics such as, the Mission of the Orthodox Church in the modern world, the Orthodox Diaspora and the Operational Regulations of the Episcopal Assemblies, the Autonomy and the way for proclaiming it, the importance of Fasting and its compliance today, the Sacrament of Matrimony and its impediments, and the relations of the Orthodox Church with the rest of the Christian world.

The Greek state headed by the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopis Pavlopoulos, and the Greek government honored the Holy and Great Council in many ways and facilitated its work.

The work of the Holy and Great Council was officially concluded today, June 26th 2016, Sunday of All Saints, with the Patriarchal Concelebration.  The Divine Liturgy was presided over by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, in Concelebration with the Primates of the Local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, at the Holy Church of Saints Peter and Paul, in Chania, Crete.

Ηis All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew mentioned in his Homily that we should understand the Church as “substantially Synodical,” and the whole life of the Church as “life in Synod,” adding that the Synodical Decisions of the Holy and Great Council should be introduced in the life of the local Orthodox Churches.

His All-Holiness added that conciliarity is another word that characterizes the unity, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity of the Church, referring to its Eucharistic and eschatological identity and consciousness.  

“If, as has been fittingly said, the 21st century could and ought to prove to be, the ‘century of Orthodoxy,’ then the Holy and Great Council of our Most Holy Church, by the grace of God who is worshipped in Trinity and is Lord of All, has laid the foundation stone for the realization of this God-pleasing vision.”

 
 
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Teachings of Christ

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

Entrance of the Mother of God into the Temple

Today is the prelude of the goodwill of God * and the heralding of the salvation of mankind; * the Virgin appears clearly in the temple of God * and foretells Christ to all. * Let us also with a mighty voice cry out to her: * “Rejoice, O Fulfillment of the Creator’s divine plan.” (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

The most pure Temple of the Savior, * the most precious Bridal-Chamber and Virgin, the sacred Treasury of the glory of God, * is brought today into the house of the Lord, * bringing with her the grace that is in the Divine Spirit. * The angels of God praise her in song: * “She is the heavenly tabernacle.” (Kontakion - Tone 4)

(November 21st)

Random Proverb

"Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you." (Proverbs 3:28 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Long ago, the wily one cast his weapon and wounded Adam and killed him; Indeed, he completely destroyed the weak man. But now, even if he struck the bodies of the noble men, he did not destroy their spirits. He persuaded the first-created man to fall by words, but not even by deeds, the noble ones. Bewitching the former, he made promises; he made offers to the latter: For Adam, the making of a god; for the martyrs, honor. He offers what he does not have; he suggests bestowing things not in his authority. Therefore, saints, having shattered his scheme, You gained crowns. 

Kontakia of Romanos, On the Forty Martyrs of Sebasteia I.