PHOTO: Sunday of Orthodoxy throughout the world

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is a feast celebrating the holy icons. On this Sunday, throughout the Orthodox world, these representations of saintly persons are at the centre of religious services and processions.

In Constantinople, on the first Sunday of Great Lent, Patriarch Bartholomew celebrated the Divine Liturgy together with Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus.

The religious service was held in the historic Church of St George from the Phanar district of Istanbul. © Ecumenical Patriarchate
The service was followed by a procession with holy icons in the courtyard of the Patriarchate. © Ecumenical Patriarchate

On this special Sunday, Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria and All Africa presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Annunciation Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt.

In his homily, HB Patriarch Theodoros spoke about the coronavirus outbreak, which “has come to show people how weak they are”. © To Thema Online
In the Holy Land, Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and headed the traditional procession with holy icons.

Archimandrite Teofil Anăstăsoaie, the representative of the Romanian Patriarchate to the Holy Land, officiated together with the Patriarch of Jerusalem. © Teofil Anăstăsoaie

During the service, Father Teofil prayed for a good closure of the situation generated by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated the Divine Liturgy on the Sunday of Orthodoxy at “Christ the Saviour” Cathedral in Moscow.

HB Patriarch Kirill at the Divine Liturgy. © Moscow Patriarchate

In Serbia, Patriarch Irinej celebrated the feast of the holy icons at St Sabbas Church in the Vračar district of Belgrade.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Belgrade © Patriarchate of Serbia

On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria presided over the Divine Liturgy at St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia.

© Patriarchate of Bulgaria
Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens. The service was attended by Prokopis Pavlopoulos, president of the Hellenic Republic. © Christos Bonis

The photo gallery of the Orthodox Facebook page “Stephanos & Alexandria Missionaries to Albania” captured the beauty of the feast held on this Sunday at St Blaise Monastery in the Albanian city of Durrës, where young people celebrated the triumph of Orthodoxy.

Cover photo: The archive / Raluca Ene

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