India’s First Russian Orthodox Church

The First Russian Orthodox Church in India soon to be built. “A decision will be taken soon to begin construction of the Russian Orthodox Church within our cultural centre. This was the most convenient way of reaching an understanding with the (local) authorities, because no major decision, apart from architectural, will be required,” Sergey Karmalito, senior counsellor at the Russian embassy, told IANS. One of the largest of the Eastern Orthodox congregations, the Russian Orthodox Church had launched a parish here in 2011 but has so far operated out of the Russian embassy premises. “It will be constructed quite soon, and what is … [Read more...]

Met. Hilarion of ROCOR Visits India,Celebrates Liturgy

Metropolitan Hilarion the first Hierarch of ROCOR arrived in Mumbai on the 10th pf January 2013 and was warmly welcomed by the local people. Former Metropolitan John Augustine of the Anglican church hosted a welcome dinner later that evening to mark this historical moment of ROCOR’s first metropolitan in recent times who has visited the Indian sub continent. Silouan Sunil Benedict from St John Chrysostom Orthodox Church, Banaglore was raised and tonsured to the rank of Reader. Since there is no church building in India yet, the service was held at the residence of a Serbian Orthodox faithful. Deacon Fr George Yurij Maximov made all … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church Seeks Land in Delhi

A year after it began to preach from the confines of the Russian embassy in the capital, the Russian Orthodox Church of Russia formally introduced itself to the capital’s Christian fold with a brief ceremony this weekend. The Church, which does not have space to conduct services in the country, has moved the government to acquire land in the capital to build a shrine. The demand was taken up by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin, who was in India earlier this week with a large trade delegation, Manoj Kumar, a spokesperson and a legal advisor to the Church said. “It will be integrated into the agenda of Russian … [Read more...]