Holy City of Jerusalem, 30 January 2012
Esteemed Members of the City Council,
Fellow Leaders of our Religious Ccommunities,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this holiday season, our hearts and minds are turned to that great promise that forms the origin of the Abrahamic traditions. This is the promise of peace. Peace is the foundation of the name of Jerusalem itself and the promise of our very destiny as a city.
Melbourn (Elaine): The central Saint Sava celebration in Australia and New Zealand was at the monastery of Saint Sava in Elaine, near Melbourn, where eight thousand believers gathered. His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand celebrated the Divine Liturgy. The choir Kornelije Stankovic from the parish of Saint Archdeacon Stephen from Keysborough sang responses.After the procession around the monastery church of Saint Sava, Bishop Irinej cut the slava cake.
Parallels and Reminders: Beside Serbian Holy sites and cemeteries in Kosovo Albanian extremists desecrated the old Jewish cemetery in 201131. January 2013 - 11:13
Parallels and reminders
Editorial comment as a memorial prayer at the desecrated tombstone of Jelica Stevanovic, the mother of Fr. Atanasije of Decani Monastery.
Looking at the scenes of vandalism at the Orthodox cemeteries from Prilužje to Prizren, including those which are deeply overgrown with weeds and covered with garbage and rubbish, any normal person would ask the question – What kind of society this is and in which direction it is going when such vandalisms are becoming a part of everyday life. It is true that a number of old Serbian churches and cemeteries have survived until our own days in Kosovo, indicating that old Albanians and Ottomans, regardless of their known lack of affinity to Christians, were not systematically destroying their shrines and desecrating their graves. According to the codes of the Albanian society from those times desecration of graves was considered a cowardice because the dead could not defend themselves. After all, even for those who did not believe the Koran which teaches that the harassment of the deceased is a sin, a superstitios fear of desecrating cemeteries is a powerful deterrent.
Dear friends in Australia and New Zealand, we are very happy to have a chance to see you again this year! We are coming to Melbourne and Sydney this weekend. Many of you joined our team last year and helped us to improve lives of refugees in Serbia. This year we will present results that we have jointly achieved in 2012. We invite you to join us at several events that will be organized during our stay in Australia and support our continuous efforts to change reality in Serbia.
A group of priests from Cacak, in their disagreement with the regulations of the Church and the spiritual authority of the leadership in the Church, have formed an electronic forum known as “Borba za veru” (“Struggle for the faith”), so that by means of this site they might allow the public to know of their opposition to the Serbian Church. Here we must instantly cite the words of the Apostle Paul from Holy Scripture which are compulsory to all, which state: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Rom. 13:1-2). This was said during the time of pagan rule. It was meant directly for the governing rulers, and all the more to the spiritual, church rulers. What rulers are these? The Church is, by succession from Christ our Lord, apostolic. And by its conformation, through the Apostles, it is episcopal, under the leadership of the bishops.
Construction stopped earlier this year when the builder hired by the church when out of business. But new subcontractors may resume work in late January. The construction of the new St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church at 18870 Allendale Avenue hit a snag early this year when the builder the church hired went out of business. Since then all work has been halted on the large structure located on busy Allendale.