At 12:30 p.m today, the 24th of March 2008, Rt. Rev. Bishop of Hvostno Atanasije (Rakita) is to celebrate a Memorial service in occasion of the 9th anniversary of the NATO bombings against our country. The service in memory of the victims of this criminal act will be held in the Church of Saint Mark in Belgrade. with the blessing of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle.
The Sydney-based spiritual leader of the Russian Orthodox Church in Australia and spokesman for the Russian Community in Australia, , in a letter of 13 March 2008 to Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, noted his observance of the actions of the Australian government, which has joined but a minority of members of the United Nations to legitimize the regime in Kosovo, with great disquiet.
Easter is celebrated to memorialize the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death three days after he was crucified and tortured on Good Friday. It is a Christian holiday and falls in springtime, marking the end of the Lent season. Easter is one of the most important and holiest holidays in the Christian almanac. Lent season is, in fact, forty-six-days long starting from Ash Wednesday and ending with Easter. The six Sundays falling under this period are not considered a part of Lent. Thus, though fasts are observed in this season, Sundays are excluded from the fast period as they are considered to be a commemoration of Easter Sunday.
IOCC Launches School Assistance Program in Kosovo's Isolated Enclaves
March 18, 2008 - Belgrade, Serbia - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces a new program to provide equipment and repairs to schools located in the most isolated enclaves of Kosovo. This program, worth $30,000, will include repairs and renovations to schools in Gorazdevac (Pec Municipality) and Banje (Srbica Municipality). New equipment, including computers, will be provided for a school in Velika Hoca (Orahovac Municipality), and science lab supplies will be provided for students in Suvo Grlo (Srbica Municipality).
Archbishop Hilarion of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese chairман the sessions of the Synod ROCOR20. March 2008 - 9:12
Archbishop Hilarion of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese will chair the sessions of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) until the new head of ROCOR is elected. "The name of Archbishop Hilarion, the first deputy chairman of the Synod, will be mentioned during church services in all ROCOR churches after the name of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and all Russia," a spokesman for the department said. The Bishops' Council of ROCOR is expected to elect the head of ROCOR after Orthodox Easter, which falls this year on April 27. The previous head of ROCOR, Metropolitan Laurus, died on Sunday.
Sydney, 16 March 2008 - Thousands of Greek Australians gathered around their Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia, and in the presence of numerous dignitaries, including the Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Morris Iemma, and other guests and spectators to celebrate the public manifestation of Greek Independence Day (25 March 1821) in front of Sydney's famed Opera House.
In his remarks, His Eminence noted that in celebrating the struggle for the Independence of Greece and the Feast of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, "we always try to make clear the importance this double celebration derives from the mere fact that it refers to ideals venerated by all people, regardless of place and time." For as the Archbishop noted, "Liberty, peace and justice have always been the presuppositions for a dignified life on our troubled and restless planet."