Thou didst sever with the sword of abstinence the snares of the soul and the passion of the body, O righteous one. And by the silence of asceticism thou didst choke the sins of thought. And by the stream of thy tears thou didst water the whole wilderness, bringing forth for us the fruits of repentance. Wherefore, we celebrate thy memory.
-Vespers of the Feast
On the fifth Sunday of Lent, we commemorate St. Mary of Egypt. By her example, we are reminded of the extraordinary power of repentance and God’s mercy, by which even the greatest sinner may be transformed and sanctified.
On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana was in his first official visit to the newly elected President of the Republic of Croatia Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
Metropolitan Porfirije congratulated Mrs. Grabar-Kitarovic for the election as Presiden of the Republic and wished her a blessing of God and the success at this responsible duty. They both expressed a readiness for all neccessary cooperation, in the service of the common good of all citizens of the Republic of Croatia. Future regular meetings were also agreed, while President Grabar-Kitarovic and Metropolitan Porfirije, in the spirit of the Christian values, democratic principles and competencies, will be of service and help to each other.
Upon the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Larissa and Tirnava His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa visited the city of Larissa in Greece on 21 and 22 March 2015.
His Grace Bishop Irinej was accompanied by Bishop Jeronim of Jegar, Archimandrite Jovan Radosavljevic and Aleksandar Bilic, Diocesan clerk. On Saturday, 21 March, after the Vesper service, Bishop Irinej held a lecture on the topic The Meaning of fasting, particularly during the Great Lent at the church of Saint Nicholas the Myrrh-Gusher.
On the occasion of the Greek National Day, the Liberation Day from Turkish yoke, and in remembrance of Greek liberation uprisings in1821, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, officiated Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of Saint Symeon the Myrrh-Gusher at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
The Holy Liturgy was attended by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Ambassador of Greece Mr. Konstantinos Ikonomidis, Ambassador of Cyprus Mrs. Nasfika Krusti, Greek military attaché Colonel Antonios Kostakis, representatives of the Greek-Serbian Friendship Association and members of the Greek community in Serbia.
His Grace Bishop Augustin Anisimov of Gorodec and Vetlug served yesterday, on the feast day of Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebaste, among our people known as the Youth's Day, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the side chapel of Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar.
The choir of the Monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, Diocese of Bachka, Serbia, along with the world-famous “Kronos Quartet”, successfully performed the New York premiere of a piece of the Serbian composer Aleksandra Vrebalov “Beyond Zero: 1914-1918”, dedicated to the centenary of the Great War, at the fulfilled hall of the Carnegie Hall in New York, on Saturday, March 7th 2015.
The next day, on Sunday, March 8th 2015, the choir of the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj was cordially welcomed by the priesthood and pious people at the church of Saint Sava on Manhattan, in New York City. The Kovilj’s chanters sang responses at the Holy Liturgy served by Revd. Djokan Majstorovic, a decade-long New York’s parish priest.