The Holy and Great Council officially concluded with the Patriarchal concelebration of the Divine Liturgy on June 26, 2016—the Sunday of All Saints—at which His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople presided. The Council’s concluding session was held one day earlier.
On Monday, June 13, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon issued an Archpastoral Letter to the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America and a Public Statement in the wake of the tragic shootings that occurred in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12.
The Holy Apostles Mission Station in Chilliwack, BC, was very pleased and humbled recently to welcome the main structure of its iconostasis, which was installed May 27, 2016. Built from solid beech wood by Saskatoon Orthodox craftsman and carver Tony Machnee, the iconostasis will later be adorned with iconography. The Royal Doors and Deacons' Doors of the iconostasis will be completed at a later time.
On Sunday 15 May, the Third Sunday of Pascha, the English mission project of Christ the Saviour Cathedral was relaunched as a new English mission church dedicated to the Holy Myrrhbearers, the first witnesses to the joyful resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the 'apostles to the apostles'.