Today in Orthodox History

Historical Events

  • 1579-07-08 Our Lady of Kazan, a holy icon of the Russian Orthodox Church, was discovered underground in the city of Kazan, Tatarstan.
  • 1652-07-25 Nikita Minin becomes patriarch of Russian-orthodox church

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1721-01-25 Tsar Peter the Great ends Russian-orthodox patriarchy

Russian Tsar Peter the Great
Russian Tsar
Peter the Great
  • 1927-08-19 Metropolitan Sergius proclaims the declaration of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet state.
  • 1944-06-11 1st Serbian Orthodox cathedral in US, Cathedral of St Sava, NYC
  • 1948-07-08 500th anniversary of the Russian Orthodox Church celebrated in Moscow
  • 1965-12-07 Pope Paul VI & Orthodox Patriarch Athenagoras I simultaneously lift mutual excommunications that led to split of 2 churches in 1054
  • 1988-06-05 Russian orthodox church celebrates 1,000th anniversary
  • 1990-10-13 First Russian Orthodox service in over 70 years held in St Basil's Cathedral, in Red Square, Moscow
  • 1991-12-28 Irene the Icon of Greek Orthodox church returns after being stolen
  • 1992-02-20 Orthodox patriarch Shenouda III visits Netherlands

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1999-05-07 Pope John Paul II travels to Romania becoming the first pope to visit a predominantly Eastern Orthodox country since the Great Schism in 1054.

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 2000-11-05 Emperor Haile Selassie I is given an Imperial funeral by the Ethiopian Orthodox church
  • 2004-03-17 Unrest in Kosovo results in more than 22 killed, 200 wounded, and the destruction of 35 Serb Orthodox shrines in Kosovo and two mosques in Belgrade and Nis.
  • 2004-09-11 All passengers are killed when a helicopter crashes in the Aegean Sea. Passengers include Patriarch Peter VII of Alexandria and 16 others (including journalists and bishops of the Greek Orthodox Church of Alexandria).
  • 2004-11-27 Pope John Paul II returns the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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2007-04-25 Boris Yeltsin's funeral - the first to be sanctioned by the Russian Orthodox Church for a head of state since the funeral of Emperor Alexander III in 1894.

Russian President Boris Yeltsin
Russian President
Boris Yeltsin
  • 2012-11-04 Bishop Tawadros appointed as the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church
  • 2016-02-12 Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill in Havana - first meeting between Catholic and Russian Orthodox church heads for nearly 1,000 years

Famous Birthdays

  • 1596-12-21 Petro Mohyla, Moldovan Orthodox Metropolitan Bishop of Kiev and Galicia (d. 1646)
  • 1605-05-24 Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Russian-orthodox church
  • 1759-07-19 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox Saint (d. 1833)
  • 1865-12-19 Tikhon Toropets, Pskov Russia, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint
  • 1877-11-09 Sergei US Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-orthodox church
  • 1880-09-14 Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Orthodox missionary and writer (d. 1961)
  • 1894-11-27 Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox saint (d. 1971)
  • 1900-07-10 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk, priest and wonder-worker (d. 1979)
  • 1910-07-23 Pimen, [Sergei Irzjekov], patriarch Russian-Orthodox Cathederal
  • 1914-06-19 Anthony Bloom, Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church (d. 2003)
  • 1914-09-08 Dimitrios I, patriarch (primus interparis orthodox Christians)
  • 1927-10-09 Ivan Metropolitan Ioann Snychev, Russion Orthodox Priest
  • 1929-01-23 Patriarch Filaret (Mykhailo Denysenko) of Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Kyiv Patriarchate
  • 1946-11-20 Patriarch Kirill [Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev] Russian Orthodox church leader (2009-), born in Leningrad, Soviet Union

Famous Weddings

HeartWedding of Interest

2001-06-03 Writer and actress Tina Fey (31) weds "Saturday Night Live" composer Jeff Richmond (40) on a Greek Orthodox ceremony at The Merion Tribute House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Actress & Writer Tina Fey
Actress & Writer
Tina Fey
  • 2001-11-20 ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos (40) weds actress Alexandra Wentworth (36) at Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Manhattan
  • 2003-07-05 TV personality Debbie Matenopoulos (28) weds Lions Gate Entertainment president Jay Faires at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1589-02-19 Saint Philothei, Orthodox martyr and Patron of Athens (b. 1522)
  • 1621-12-30 Saint Job of Maniava, Ukrainian Orthodox Saint (b. 1550)
  • 1646-12-22 Peter Mogila, Orthodox Metropolitan of Kiev and Galicia (b. 1596)
  • 1652-04-15 Patriarch Joseph, head of the Russian Orthodox Church
  • 1681-08-17 Nikon, [Nikita Minin], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 76
  • 1779-08-24 Saint Cosmas of Aetolia, Greek Orthodox martyr (b. 1714)
  • 1833-01-14 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox saint (b. 1759)
  • 1837-12-13 Herman of Alaska, Russian Orthodox hermit (b. 1756)
  • 1906-04-11 Georgi Apollonovitch Gapon, Rus-orthodox clergyman/tsarist agent, dies
  • 1912-02-16 St. Nikolai of Japan, Eastern Orthodox priest (b. 1836)
  • 1961-10-04 Metropolitan Benjamin (Fedchenkov), Orthodox missionary and writer, Exarch of Russian Church in North America (b. 1880)
  • 1962-11-29 Rav Aaron Kotler, Orthodox Talmudic scholar, dies in Lakewood NJ
  • 1970-04-17 Sergei U S Aleksi, patriarch of Russian-Orthodox church, dies at 92
  • 1971-01-01 Saint Amphilochius of Pochayiv, Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Saint (b. 1894)
  • 1979-08-24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • 1983-12-13 Alexander Schmemann, Orthodox Christian priest and theologian (b. 1921)
  • 1989-04-07 Tikhon Toropets, patriarch of Russian Orthodox/saint, dies at 123(?)
  • 1990-05-03 Pimen, [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • 1991-10-02 Dimitrios I, patriarch/primus interparis orthodox Christians, dies
  • 1995-11-02 Ivan Metropolitan Ioann Snychev, russion Orthodox Priest, dies at 68
  • 2002-08-24 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • 2005-01-10 Metropolitan Wasyly Fedak, primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (b. 1909)
  • 2006-06-08 Abouna Matta El Meskeen, Coptic Orthodox monk (b. 1919)
  • 2007-07-30 Teoctist, Ex-Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church (b. 1915)
  • 2008-12-05 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • 2009-11-15 Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, 44th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church (b. 1914)
  • 2012-03-17 Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88