World Day of Orthodox Youth

February 2(15)

Message to the youth of the Church from His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew

Youth as an image ​of God’s presence

The Meeting of the Lord is one of the instances in the ​Holy Tradition of the Church which brings forth ​youth and childhood as an image and vessel of God's ​presence and of His renewing Grace. Christ the new-​born baby fulfills the purpose of the Law and the ​proclamation of the prophets.Saint Simeon and ​Saint Anna show us the way in which we can receive ​Him. God's Kingdom is near, it comes to us in the ​Divine-human person of Christ, who renews and ​rejuvenates our life every day. This is what Orthodox ​Youth Ministry is always called to be: an invitation to ​meet the Lord and be changed by this Meeting so ​that we may, in turn, fulfill the commandment of our ​Lord to, "Go and Bear Fruit". John 15:16

Dear Friends,

As we all rejoiced in the Celebration of our Lord’s ​Nativity, as one Holy and Apostolic Church we ​continue walking with Christ on the feast of His ​entrance into the Temple. Initiated in 1992, this feast ​has been celebrated since 1993, as the World Day of ​Orthodox Youth, which calls all Orthodox around the ​world to celebrate the significant role of young people ​in our Church.

Celebrations like these ought to be celebrated widely ​throughout all our Orthodox Communities, and serve ​not only as a reminder of the dynamic value and ​potential of the youth, but also to incite all of us to ​zealously offer ourselves to Christ and His Church, as ​the Apostle Peter urges, with “whatever gift we have ​received, to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s ​grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).

Even though we come from different lands, cultures ​and mindsets, the love of Christ unceasinly calls and ​unites us all into the same purpose and journey ​towards the Kingdom of Heaven. Here lies the beauty ​of our Faith. Divided as we are physically, we come ​together in the Holy Eucharist; we pray for each other, ​therefore none of us is ever alone and isolated, but an ​active member of the Body of Christ, in an everlasting ​bond.

To serve this purpose, Suprasl - A World Fellowship of ​Orthodox Youth, was created to bring together ​Orthodox young adults from all over the world, to help ​us understand one another a bit more, to learn from ​each other and pray together, as the Lord commanded, ​“to be one”. I would like to invite you to join us on ​Saturday February 10 for an online prayer gathering to ​celebrate this day and the blessings of brotherhood in ​Christ that we were given!

With love in Christ,

Anna Berbati, Tirana, Albania

Students from the Patriarchate of Antioch ​at Suprasl 2023

Students from the Patriarchate of ​Romania at Suprasl 2022

Students from the Patriarchate of Serbia ​at Suprasl 2022

The Icon of the Feast Day of ​the

Meeting of the Lord

(Luke 2:22-40)


The Mother of God brings ​Christ to the temple in ​Jerusalem forty-days after his ​birth out of humility, to fulfill ​the requirements of the Law. ​She is pictured holidng out ​her hands, offering Christ to ​Saint Simeon.


Shown as an infant, Christ is ​placed in the outstretched ​arms of the elder Simeon. He ​is sometimes seen giving a ​blessing. It is the Chritst-child ​as Emmanuel “the Word of ​the Father withouth ​beginning, without separating ​Himself from His Diviitiy.” ​(Vespers of the Feast)


St. Simeon receives Christ ​from the Mother of God and ​giving thanks to God he spoke ​the words we hear at each ​evening Vespers, “Lord now ​lettest thou they servant ​depart in peace according to ​Thy word, for mine eyes have ​seen Thy salvation, which ​Thou hast prepared before the ​face of all people, a light to ​enlighten the Gentiles, and the ​glory of Thy people Israel” ​(Luke 2:29-32).


On the far left is St. Anna, who ​did not leave the temple, but ​served God with fasting and ​prayers night and day." She ​arrived just when Saint ​Simeon met the Divine Child. ​She also gave thanks to the ​Lord and spoke of Him to all ​those who were looking for ​redemption of Jerusalem” ​(Luke 2:38). In the icon of the ​Feast she holds a scroll which ​reads: “This Child has ​established Heaven and ​earth.”


Pictured behind the Mother of ​God, St. Joseph is carrying is ​carrying two doves, or young ​pigeons. These birds ​symbolise the Church o Israel ​and the Church of the ​Gentiels, as well as the two ​Testaments, of which Christ is ​the unique Head.

“On the World Day of Orthodox Youth we want to ​remind every Orthodox young person that no matter ​where you are in the world that you are not alone. We ​want to assure you that our Orthodox Church is bigger ​than we are, it is bigger than our church or our ​country. It is full of young people just like you who are ​praying for you, and together we give thanks that we ​are all connected by the Church and through the body ​and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. You and I, We are ​one in the Holy Eucharist.” Elijah Ssemwogerere, ​Uganda

In 2016 the patriarchs and metropolitans who gathered in Crete for the Holy and Great Council paid special attention ​to our importance in the life of the Orthodox Church:

𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙡 𝙖𝙙𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙩𝙨𝙚𝙡𝙛 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙖𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙡𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚. 𝙏𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 ​𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙮 “𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥” 𝙗𝙪𝙩 “𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝,” 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙙𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙚-𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩. 𝙊𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙙𝙤𝙭 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙨𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 ​𝙗𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨-𝙤𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙗𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙊𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙙𝙤𝙭 𝘾𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙝 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙪𝙚𝙧𝙨 ​𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙬𝙝𝙤 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙤𝙪𝙨𝙡𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙖𝙩𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙙𝙮𝙣𝙖𝙢𝙞𝙘 𝙬𝙖𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙫𝙖𝙡𝙪𝙚𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙊𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙙𝙤𝙭𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙤 ​𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚-𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨. 𝙁𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙖𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙢 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙨 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙩. 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙥𝙚𝙤𝙥𝙡𝙚 ​𝙩𝙝𝙪𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙨𝙞𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙮 𝙩𝙝𝙚 “𝙛𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚” 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙝𝙪𝙧𝙘𝙝, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙂𝙤𝙙-𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣-𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙡𝙞𝙛𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 ​𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩. (𝙀𝙣𝙘𝙮𝙘𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙤𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙘𝙞𝙡)

Celebrate the World Day ​of Orthodox Youth

Ask your priest to hold a prayer ​service or Bible study for the young ​people of your parish and invite ​Orthodox youth from your area. ​The theme might be the Feast day ​itself, or the youth and their needs.


Invite the youth of your parish, ​area or student group to offer your ​services to those in need. Reach ​out to a charitable organisation in ​your area to see how you can be an ​icon of God’s presence in the ​world.


Invite Orthodox Youth in your ​area or college campus to visit a ​monastery, or go on a spiritua​l natur​e​ ​hike.

Ma​ke a Pilgrimage

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Download the World Day Poster and Bulletin ​Insert

Download here the World Day Poster (A3) or (18x30)

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“Initiated in 1992, with the blessing of His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, The World Day ​of Orthodox Youth is a special day for young people in the Church to emphasize the importance ​of ministry of young people. It is also a day to remind us that our youth are not simply the ​“future” of the Church, but that they are full and active members of the Orthodox Church. Learn ​more about the World Day of Orthodox Youth here:

Suprasl: A World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth in an international network of Orthodox Youth. ​To learn more visit:

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