Orthodox Christian Novak Djokovic serves Jesus on and off the tennis court

Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic is through to the Australian Open final after beating an injured Roger Federer in a semi-final showdown on Rod Laver Arena last night.

Currently ranked number 2 in the world, Djokovic player is a well-known Orthodox Christian, who regularly wears a wooden cross around his neck. He’s known for praying through his matches as does his wife – a practice sports commenters observe with interest:

Christmas Service in Chinese Published in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong publisher “The China Orthodox Press” has published a Chinese translation of the service for the Nativity of Christ. With this new publication, it is now possible for Chinese Orthodox Christians to celebrate the festal service in their native language, reports

The publication contains the texts for the Royal Hours, Typica, Great Compline, and Matins. The texts are annotated with commentary in English.

The translation uses terminology used by the 19th century Peking Mission, adapted to the modern standards for Chinese church service texts.

An electronic version of this publication is available on the publisher’s website. A version with simplified hieroglyphs and the printed version will also be available on the same internet resource.

The Capital city of Serbia celebrated the jubilee of the Serbian Church

The Capital city of Serbia celebrated the jubilee of the Serbian Church
The Capital city of Serbia celebrated the jubilee of the Serbian Church
The Capital city of Serbia celebrated the jubilee of the Serbian Church
The Capital city of Serbia celebrated the jubilee of the Serbian Church

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, and Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Goran Vesic attended on the solemn academy “Eight centuries of autocephaly 1219-2019”, organized mutually by the Serbian Orthodox Church and the City of Belgrade in the crypt of the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in Belgrade, on 21 December 2019.

His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, Vicar Bishop of Patriarch Irinej, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia Ivica Dacic, Deputy Director of the Office  for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Marko Nikolic, representatives of the National Assembly and of the City of Belgrade, members of the City Council and Secretariat, representatives of the Serbs from Kosovo and Metohia, members of the diplomatic corps and numerous citizens attended the celebration of the jubilee.

Religious school textbooks for visually impaired children

In cooperation with the Religious Education Committee of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Republika Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the JU Special Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired of the Republika Srpska has issued audio textbooks for religious instructions for primary schools.

The textbooks, made in digital technics in mp3 format, are intended for the primary school children of impaired vision - blind and partially sighted children.

The Asceticism of Fasting: The Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Fast

A time of self-restraint and a time of prayer, a time of temptations and a time of joys: All of these relate to fasting—a special period in the life of every Orthodox Christian. Igumen Nektary (Morozov), the rector of the Church of the “Assuage My Sorrows” Icon of the Mother of God, speaks on the significance of the Nativity Fast and on the importance of even the very smallest ascetic podvig and the anticipation of the celebration.

We are used to holidays being a time of joy. Why do Orthodox Christians fast before the most significant celebrations?

—A holiday in the secular understanding and in the Church understanding are completely different things. In the world, preparation for a holiday means a shopping trip, making sure the table is covered with various foods, and thinking about how to occupy and entertain your guests. Such an approach is purely earthly. A Church feast is a celebration of another, spiritual order, giving believers the opportunity, through the remembrance of this or that event of sacred history, to touch the heart to another, Heavenly reality, and experience in all its fullness the joy of this amazing, incomparable touch.