The week in pictures: December 31, 2018 – January 6, 2019

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

Hundreds of Orthodox believers prayerfully welcomed the New Year 2019 together with His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest having ‘the joy of the sanctification of time.’ Photo: Mircea Florescu /
His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania presided over the Divine Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great on New Year’s Day at the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest. Photo: Mircea Florescu /
Archbishop Casian of the Lower Danube celebrated the first day of 2019 with the young people from the Social-Philanthropic Settlement “St. Basil the Great” in Galati.


His Excellency Prokopis Pavlopoulos, President of the Hellenic Republic, prayed on the first day of 2019 in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Athens. Photo: The Greek Orthodox Church
The wooden church in Brusturi, Salaj, was thoroughly investigated from a dendrocronological point of view during the renovation.
The clerics of the Patriarchal Cathedral Announced the Baptism of the Lord to the His Beatitude Patriarch immediately after the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Photo: Luigi Ivanciu / ZL
On Sunday, January 6, 2019, Patriarch Daniel presided over the Divine Liturgy of St Basil the Great, having as concelebrants his patriarchal auxiliary bishops Varlaam of Ploiești and Ieronim of Sinaia. Before the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the assembly of clergy led by the Romanian Patriarch went out on the doorstep of the Patriarchal Residence where the Great Blessing of the Waters was officiated. Photo: Raluca Ene /

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