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St Nikolai of Ochrid and Zhica 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

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 »

ROCOR Epistle: On the 100th Anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and the Beginning of the Godless Persecutions

NEW YORK: March 10, 2017 Epistle of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on the 100th Anniversary of the Tragic Revolution in Russia and Beginning of the Godless Persecutions From the Editors: As reported today from the Chancery of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, His Eminence Metropolitan ... Read More »

A True Member of the Church

An excerpt from Metropolitan Hierotheos Nafpaktos, Entering the Orthodox Church, (trans. Marina Mary Robb), Birth of the Theotokos Monastery (2004), pp. 98-101. A true member of the Church and a real Christian is the person who has the following attributes. First, he remains within the Church, without leaving it through atheism or heresy. He is not cut off from this ... Read More »

A Homily on the Importance of Dogma according to the Three Hierarchs

Introduction.             Moments ago, brothers and sisters, we heard the Holy Apostle Paul offer a hymn in praise of faith: “By faith Moses refused to be called a son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin.”[1]  By faith kingdoms have been subdued, righteousness has been worked, ... Read More »

Letters from Taybeh: Lenten Greetings 2017

Dear Friends of Taybeh, I started my day by lighting a candle at the Byzantine ruins of Saint George Church asking the Lord to grant all of you a Blessed Holy Great Lenten journey. May  the Lord bless you with many fruits of the Holy Spirit.  And, although I cleaned out my refrigerator of all the cheese and dairy in ... Read More »

Separation from God

It is said concerning Abba Agathon that some monks came to find him, having heard tell of his great discernment. Wanting to see if he would lose his temper, they said to him, “Aren’t you that Agathon who is said to be a fornicator and a proud man?” “Yes, it is very true,” he answered. They resumed, “Aren’t you that ... Read More »

CATECHETICAL ENCYCLICAL ON THE OPENING OF GREAT LENT

+ B A R T H O L O M E W By God’s Mercy Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch To the Plenitude of the Church May the Grace and Peace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Together with our Prayer, Blessing and Forgiveness be with you; Beloved brothers and children in the Lord, With the grace ... Read More »