Installation of an Electronic Bell System at Our Lady of Damascus

Recently, the Church of Our Lady of Damascus has witnessed a most welcome improvement – an electronic bell system. This systen greatly enhances the performance of the three bells which have called the faithful to the Church’s functions for the last sixty years. Apart from enabling the conventional manual ringing of the three bells, this electronic system offers a wide variety of pre-recorded melodies which automatically play on particular days of the ecclesiastical calendar. This electonic bell system was installed […]

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Exposition of Holy Relics at “Our Lady of Damascus” – Valletta

With the blessing of His Grace the Most Reverend Mgr. Abram (Garmeliya), Metropolitan of the Western European Diocese of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Georgia, the Holy Relics of several Saints, together with documents testifying their authenticity, have recently been entrusted to the same Western European Diocese of the Patriarchate of Georgia. On the morning of the 23rd November, 2013, on a feast day of the Great Martyr St George, these Holy Relics will be exposed for the veneration of the […]

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The Thyateira Confession (1975): Partaking of the Holy Communion

His Eminence Archbishop Athenagoras Kokkinakis was born on the island of Patmos as Theodore Kokkinakis. He graduated from the Theological School of Halki in 1934. He studied at the General Theological Seminary, Columbia University, and Northwestern University. Theodore was ordained to the priesthood in 1940 and was assigned to the church of St. Andrew in Chicago, later serving also at the church of St. Demetrios in Astoria, New York. He acted as editor of the Orthodox Observer, the archdiocesan magazine. […]

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Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Bishop at Our Lady of Damascus

Bishop Venedykt (Benedict) of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv this morning (Sept. 8 2013) concelebrated holy liturgy with Papas George Mifsud at the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus. Bishop Venedykt (in the world Valeriy Aleksiychuk) of the Dormition Monastery was appointed auxiliary Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Archeparchy of Lviv on August 3, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI had given his blessing to the election and had bestowed the Bishop the title of Bishop of Germaniciana. Bishop Venedykt […]

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Ukrainian Catholics started Celebration of the Baptism of Rus

Today with a prayer service at St. Volodymyr’s Hill Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church began the celebration of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Kyivan Rus. Prayer was led by the head of the UGCC Patriarch Sviatoslav (Shevchuk). Source: Religious Information Service of Ukraine (http://risu.org.ua/en/)17 August 2013, 20:19 | Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC)  Some pictures from the event.

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6 Things You Should Know about the Melkite Catholic Church

    This article, published on September 7th 2012, is reproduced with the kind permission of the St Peter’s List (http://www.stpeterslist.com). 6 Things You Should Know about the Melkite Catholic Church Pope Pius XII, Bishop of Rome and Melkite Patriarch of Antioch, Maximos IV Listers: as you know, the universal Catholic Church is comprised of 23 sui iuris (self-governing) ritual Churches united by their communion with each other and with the See of Rome. Though the Roman Church is the largest, […]

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H Παναγία η Μαλτέζα: ‘The Maltese’ Holy Mother of God in Santorini (Greece)

Perhaps not many are aware that on the Greek island of Santorini, renowned worldwide for its natural beauty in the middle of the Aegean sea, a local church in the village of Imerovigli, houses an icon which the locals call the ‘Maltese’ Holy Mother of God. The story behind this holy icon is indeed very intriguing. According to the local Greek tradition, the icon was found at sea by Captain Theordoros Borlis, from Imerovigli, during one of his journeys from Santorini […]

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Pope Francis about the Byzantine Liturgy

Excerpt from the press conference given by Pope Francis during his flight back to Rome from the World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, 28 July 2013. Answering a question by the Russian journalist Alexey Bukalov, Pope Francis had this to say about the Byzantine liturgy. (Italian original) Alexey Bukalov: Buonasera Santo Padre. Santo Padre, tornando all’ecumenismo: oggi gli ortodossi festeggiano i 1.025 anni del cristianesimo, ci sono grandissimi festeggiamenti in molte capitali. Se vuole fare un commento su questo […]

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The Blessing of Easter Baskets

On Sunday, May 5th 2013, the Greek-Catholic church of Our Lady of Damascus was literally packed with Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian and other Slav faithful accompanied by their children. Since early in the morning, they flocked the church, carrying colourful Easter baskets which they placed in front of the iconostasis. At the end of Holy Liturgy, Papas George blessed the great number of baskets, after which the congregation solemnly chanted the paschal hymn Christos Anesti ek Nekron – Christ is […]

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Easter Week 2013 at ‘Our Lady of Damascus’.

As in previous years, the Greek-Catholic Church of Our Lady of Damascus (Valletta, Malta) this year has celebrated the various services and divine liturgies characterizing the Holy Week and which lead to the glorious day of Holy Easter. Apart from members of the local community, these holy services and liturgies were also attended by a number of local and foreign visitors. Watch slide show with photos taken during this year’s (2013) Holy Week below.     

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