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Letters from Taybeh: Pascal Greetings 2017

Holy Fire at the Holy Sepulchre

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh, The Miracle of the Holy Fire arrived in Taybeh from the Holy City of Jerusalem (via Ramallah) with our cousin Ibrahim and his son Philip approximately at 5:30 pm in the afternoon on this Great and Holy Saturday! A most glorious ecumenical celebration and scouts parade led to placing the flame on the altar of Saint George Greek Orthodox ... Read More »

His Grace Bishop George of Canberra Celebrates Palm Sunday at Strathfield

Bishop George of Canberra (ROCOR) marks Palm Sunday at Strathfield 2017

On 8th and 9th April, the feast day of The Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem (Palm Sunday), His Grace Bishop George led the divine services at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Co-celebrating with His Grace were the Cathedral dean Archpriest George Lapardin, Archpriest Nikolai, cleric of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Priest Adrian Augustus, rector St Michael’s Church, Blacktown, protodeacons, Alexander Kotlaroff, Martin Naef ... Read More »

SUMMARY: ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN OBSERVANCE OF PASCHA

A Journey through Holy Week

The Orthodox date for Pascha (or “Passover”) is based on a decree of the Council of Nicaea, Asia Minor, held in 325 A.D.  According to this decree, Pascha must be celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon of the vernal equinox but always after the Jewish Passover to maintain the Biblical sequence of events of the Crucifixion and ... Read More »

Book Review: A Christian Ending – A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition

Romanian Orthodox Monastery ossuary

Brief Facts Authors: Deacon Mark and Matushka Elizabeth Barna Publisher: Divine Ascent Press, 2011 Pages: 196 ISBN: 9780971413962 Reviewed By Matushka Constantina Palmer While the below is a re-post of a book review I did in 2012, I wanted to include it in this year’s Truth of Our Faith series because I believe it is important for Orthodox Christians to know there ... Read More »

Letters from Taybeh: Receiving the Holy Fire in Taybeh

Taybeh - Palestine

By Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D. “O Gladsome Light, of the Holy glory of the Immortal Father, heavenly Holy, blessed Jesus Christ!” (Holy Saturday Morning Prayers) Everyone should have a favorite day in the Church calendar and as an Orthodox Christian living in the land of Christ’s Holy Resurrection (in the only all-Christian village still left in Palestine), mine happens to ... Read More »

St Nikolai of Ochrid and Zhica Celebrated in Wacol

SAINT NIKOLAI OF OCHRID AND ZHICHA CELEBRATED IN WACOL

On Sunday, 19th March 2017, the parish Serbian school, Folklore Ensemble “Kosovski Božuri”, and Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA) celebrated their Slava St. Nikolai Velimirović, bishop of Ochrid and Zhicha. The Feast Day was enriched by the amount of youth of all ages who together with father Velibor and father Staniša cut the Slava bread. During the distribution of nafora, ... Read More »

Serbian Orthodox priest finds cultural harmony in Australia

Fr Branko Bosancic - St John's Serbian Orthodox Church Wollogong

By Justin Huntsdale 16 March 2017, ABC Illawarra Serbian Orthodox priest Father Branko Bosancic is embracing life in Australia and says the cultural differences of his homeland are put aside in his community. Father Bosancic was born in Bosnia, educated in Serbia, and now lives across the road from a Croatian family and next door to some Fyromians (Slav-Macedonians). It ... Read More »