November 14, 2018 in the October hall of the Second conference of the Moscow branch of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IOPS), which began with the communal prayer of the gathered delegates and guests.
Meeting of the conference was opened by the head of the Moscow regional branch of IOPS Sergei Baidakov, and then gave the floor to the Domodedovskaya John Bishop, vicar of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, the Governor of Novospassky monastery. Bishop John asked with a pastoral word to the participants of the Second conference of the Moscow regional branch of IOPS.
After approval of the agenda with a salutatory word to participants addressed the Chairman of the IOPS Sergei Stepashin. He recalled that in 2018 I recall the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Imperial family of the Romanov dynasty, among which stands out the Great Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna, the second Chairman of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society. Jubilee events dedicated to this event contributed to the dynamic development of IOPS, in this connection, Stepashin thanked everyone for the work done.
The Chairman of the Moscow branch of the S. L. Baidakov summarized the organizational and charitable activities of scientific, educational and pilgrimage programs and projects held in 2018. On the eve of the conference, he said: “I am Sure that our humanitarian projects, active research activities and a pilgrimage to Christian shrines will help to reveal new facets of the Russian Orthodox heritage. IOPS members is actually carried out people’s diplomacy, interacting with people from different countries of the Biblical region.”
The conference was attended by over 140 delegates of local branches of the IOPS of the city of Moscow, was attended by active members of the Society from many regions of the country, heads of state and public organizations, the bishops and clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church, representatives of the diplomatic corps.
Among other participants were member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society, Military of the Central Cossack army priest, rector of St. Olga’s Church. kN. Vladimir at MPCU them. M. A. Sholokhov priest mark Kravchenko. In may 2018, he became the laureate of the award of the Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society named for Grand Duke Sergei Alexandrovich.
Throughout its history, the IOPS provides humanitarian, educational, peacekeeping and scientific missions aimed at the preservation of spiritual ties of Russia with the Holy Land, the strengthening of the Russian Orthodox presence in the Biblical region, and the development of friendly relations with the countries and peoples of this important for peace in the middle East region. The Moscow branch of the Society, together with many regional offices established in February of 2018 took an active part in large-scale humanitarian projects in support of the Syrian people.
The participants of the conference summed up the work done the IOPS Moscow office in 2018 and outlined their plans for 2019.
At the end of the conference the solemn ceremony of awarding the members of the Moscow regional branch of IOPS signs of honor Society, which was presented by Sergey Stepashin and Sergey Baidakov.
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