In the fulfilled crypt of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, on 25 December 2015, the solemn spiritual academy dedicated to the 30th anniversary of episcopal ministry and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry as Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije was held.
The academy was attended by: envoy of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia His Eminence Metropolitan Vikentiy of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, permanent member of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church; His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops : Jovan of Sumadija, Justin of Zica, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Jovan of Nis, Jovan of Pakrac-Slavonia, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Ilarion of Timok, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina as well as abbot of the Chilandar monastery Archimandrite Metodije, Ambassador of Serbia to Podgorica Zoran Bingulac, and a number of priests and monks.
Patriarch Kirill greets Metropolitan Amfilohije with the 30th anniversary of his episcopal consecration and the 25th anniversary of his election to the See of Cetinje25. December 2015 - 19:55
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent greetings to Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Primorje, a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, on the occasion of two memorable dates in his life. The text of the message is given below.
Your Eminence, dear Vladyka,
Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on the 30th anniversary of your episcopal consecration and the 25th anniversary of your election to the See of Cetinje.
You were carrying out your archpastoral ministry aimed at reviving the church life in Montenegro at a rather difficult time when the Orthodox people in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as in other parts of Serbia, were enduring great sufferings.
With the blessing of His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and under auspices of the Metropolitanate of St.Petersburg and His Eminence Metropolitan Varsonufiy, the Christmas exhibition was opened in St. Petersburg on 23 December 2015.
This year, the Diocese of Zica from Serbia was invited as well. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Justin, representatives of the Diocese of Zica brought to the exhibition an icon of the Most Holy Mother of God Hodegetria which is being posted on the upper part of the altar of the church of the Ascension of the Lord in Cacak (Mother of God of Gradac).
The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church congratulates the feast of the Birth of the Divine God-Child to believers and clergy of the Christian Churches which celebrate Christmas according to Gregorian calendar and greets them with the traditional greeting:
CHRIST IS BORN! - HE IS BORN INDEED!
Communiqué of The Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand
The Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Irinej are pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of New South Wales has today, 24 December 2015, confirmed the orders made by the Court on 29 May 2015 and adopted the scheme put forward by His Grace Bishop Irinej for the future management of the St Sava Monastery under the auspices of the Metropolitanate and the authority of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
St. Nicholas of Myra, the Patron Saint-day (slava) of Bishop David of Krusevac, was solemnly celebrated at Bagdala with the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy. Along with the congregation of the faithful, Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Bishops Pahomije of Vranje and Jeronim of Jegar celebrated.
On the eve of the feast-day of Saint Nicholas of Myra, on 18 December 2015, His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac along with His Grace Bishop Pahomije of Vranje with the concelebration of protosyncellos Tihon, head of the monastery of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God in Mrzenica, protopresbyter-staurophor Ljubivoje Radovic and protodeacon Andrije Jelic, served the festal Vigil service in the church of Saint John the Baptist on Bagdala.