The week in pictures: December 3-9, 2018

A selection of the best pictures from last week’s events in the Orthodox world. 

Two New Saints were canonized in the Orthodox Church of Finland: Venerable John of Valaam and the Holy Martyr and Confessor John of Ilomantsi. Photo: Orthodox Church of Finland
HB Patriarch Daniel honoured the 8 winners of the ‘100 Years in 1000 words’ writing competition marking the Centennial of Romania’s 1918 Great Union. Photo: Raluca Ene /
The Romanian Patriarchate organized a Christmas carol and patriotic songs concert entitled ‘United for a Christian Romania’, held at the Romanian Athenaeum. Photo: Raluca Ene /
HB Patriarch Daniel attended the ‘St Nicholas in the midst of children’ show held at the Palace of the Patriarchate. Photo: Mircea Florescu /
The Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Varlaam of Ploiești celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. George the New Church in Bucharest, on the occasion of its secondary patronal feast, the solemnity of St Nicholas. Photo: Mircea Florescu /
The new Archdiocesan Cathedral of Curtea de Arges was consecrated by the local Archbishop Calinic on the feast day of Saint Philothea. Photo: Arges and Muscel Archdiocese
The Busteni Mountain Rescue team received complete equipment from HB Patriarch Daniel as a token of gratitude for their help given in September when the patriarch laid the foundation stone for the Heroes’ Church on Bucegi Mountain. Photo: ZL
HG Bishop Veniamin of Southern Bessarabia celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St Theodora of Sihla main church of Sihastria Monastery, marking the 20th anniversary of the repose of Elder Cleopas Ilie. Photo: Archdeacon Marin Osoianu
HB Patriarch Daniel consecrated the new church at the Dormition of the Theotokos Stavropegic Monastery in Techirghiol. Photo: Mircea Florescu /

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