Name-day of Metropolitan Amphilochius observed in Aldeia

His Eminence Amphilochius, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop-Administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central American of the Serbian Patriarchate, visited the Serbian Orthodox community in Brazilian state of Pernambuco, while paying his pastoral visit to Brazil.

At the airport in Recife, the capital of the state of Pernambuco, the Metropolitan was welcomed by priests from Recife and other parishes and a few believers on 5 December 2014.

Bishop Andrew in Linz and Tulln

Bishop Andrew in Linz and Tulln
Bishop Andrew in Linz and Tulln
Bishop Andrew in Linz and Tulln
Bishop Andrew in Linz and Tulln

His Grace Bishop Andrew of Austria-Switzerland served Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Linz on 6 December 2014. The next day the Bishop visited the Church-school congregation of Tulln.

Diocesan dean for Austria protopresbyter-stavrophor KrstanKnezevic and other local priests concelebrated to the Bishop. The Holy Liturgy was attended by high church and municipal authorities of the city of Linz, among whom there was retired Catholic Bishop Maximilian, benefactor of the Serbian people and the bearer of the order of Saint Sava. There were also lots of pious believers.

Archbishop Jovan VI of Ohrid – three years in prison

December 12, 2014, marked whole three years of imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje.

On December 12, 2011, he voluntarily enter his homeland, at the border-crossing near Bitola, where he was arrested. Since that day, the state apparatus executes torture incomprehensible for the contemporary democratic societies upon him.

In the course of these three years, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric were allowed to visit him only once, in August 2013.
At the same time, although Archbishop Jovan fulfills all conditions required by the law to be granted a two-day leave from prison, the prison authorities are violating all legal provisions and persistently deny him the leave that the law grants him.

Archbishop Jovan, who is currently imprisoned for the eighth time in the last twelve years, has diabetes. He is placed in a cell together with other thirty-three prisoners. The prison conditions are substandard, the cell has one toilet, and the overall conditions are altogether further deteriorating his health.

Communique of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand

On the desecration of Russian and Serbian graves at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney

An unknown vandal or vandals during the night between Tuesday (09/12/2014) and Wednesday (10/12/2014) desecrated seventy six (76) graves in the Russian and Serbian Section No. 1 at Sydney's Rookwood Cemetery.

We are amazed and saddened by this act of vandalism witnessed in the desecration of graves. Graves and cemeteries have always been, in all cultures and cultured societies, considered sacred places and, as such, were respected and spared even from enemy armies during times of war. We believe that such vileness belongs to the past and to other and different societies and cultures. We cannot believe that in the 21st century, in a perfectly harmonious multicultural society such as our Australian, someone would abuse their freedom and destroy the basis of culture that underpins our Christian civilization.

Visit of Bishop Luka of Western Europe to Alicante

On Saturday, December 6th,  Bishop Luka of Western Europe from Paris and father Joan from Barcelona arrived in Alicante (Spain) to celebrate the feast of our patron saints: Saint Andrew and Saint Nicholas.

With great joy Bishop was greeted by the parishioners with bread and salt, as well as with floral bouquets. After the Vesper service  he parish dinner was held in honour of the Bishop and guests who came to our parish.

The next day Hierarchal Pontifical Divine Liturgy was celebrated  by priests and the whole parish. Father Nicholas welcomed the Bishop as guarantor of communion with the Church. Also in the homily and following what was heard in the Gospel, His Grace spoke of the Christ's miracle wrought for women hunched. Christ frees us from the burden of our sins, he straightens for letting us see the miseries of this earth, we lift our eyes to God.

All-night Vigil on the Eve of the feast of the Entry into the temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

One Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. at the Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia, California, His Grace, Bishop Grigorije of Zahum-Hercegovina, His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, Hieromonk Sava, Abbott of the Tvrdos Monastery, local clergy, and the faithful prayerfully gathered for an All-Night Vigil (Feast Day Vigil and Divine Liturgy) for the Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.