The Holy Prophet Elijah is one of the greatest of the prophets and the first dedicated to virginity in the Old Testament. He was born in Tishba of Gilead into the Levite tribe 900 years before the Incarnation of the Word of God.St Epiphanius of Cyprus gives the following account about the birth of the Prophet Elijah: “When Elijah was born, his father Sobach saw in a vision angels of God around him. They swaddled him with fire and fed him with flames.”
The clergy of the Sydney Deanery have continued organising and presenting spiritual lectures for adults. On Sunday, 27 July 2014, in the St Lazarus Church in Alexandria, Vespers were served by the Very Reverend Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Miodrag Perich, parish rector, and Protodeacon Christopher Henderson from the St Archangel Michael parish in Homebush. Vespers were served in English, and the lecture was also presented in English by Father Miodrag.
The enthronement of the new Bishop of Žiča Justin in the Cathedral church of Kraljevo will be performed on 3 August 2014. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, will perform the enthronement rite himself, while many Bishops of our Holy Church will concelebrate during the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy.
The Biography of newly-elected Bishop Justin (Stefanović) of Žiča
His Grace newly-elected Bishop Justin (Stefanović) of Žiča was born on 26 May 1955 in Čačak and was baptized as Miroslav. He finished primary and secondary schools, as well as the Faculty of Economy in Belgrade. His monastic life began in the monastery of Crna Reka in 1980 where he was tonsured in 1983 by Bishop Pavle of Raska-Prizren, later Serbian Patriarch.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and newly-elected Jovan of Slavonia, as well as lots of priests in the church dedicated to this saints in Velika, near Plav on Monday, 28 July 2014, on the feast day of Sts. Quiricus and Julitta.
The prayerful gathering, at which lots of faithful people gathered from Plav and other parts of Montenegro, was held on the occasion of the 70 years since the cruelest slaughter of innocent children, women and elderly people from the village of Velika near Plav and its surroundings, committed by fascist-Ballist criminals from the “Prinz Eugen” and “Skenderbeg” divisions during the Second World War, precisely on the on the day of Sts. Quiricus and Julitta, 28th of July 1944.
Monastery Marcha celebrated their patronal feast day, the Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel, on Saturday, July 26th. The morning began with Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Dr Mitrophan, and His Grace Bishop Sava, along with 23 concelebrating priests and 2 deacons.
During the Divine Liturgy Sinisa Hrvacevic was ordained to the Holy Diaconate. Sinisa is a graduate of St Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois, and currently lives in Florida with his wife Jovana.
His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic with many priests, monks and the faithful of Berane and the valley of Lim welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Djurdjevi Stupovi, Cathedral monastery of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, on July 27th, 2014.
In his welcome speech His Grace thanked His Holiness for accepting the invitation to participate in solemnizing the seventieth anniversary of the cruel slaughter of innocent children, women and elderly people from the village of Velika near Plav and its surroundings, committed by fascist-Ballist criminals from the “Prinz Eugen” and “Skenderbeg” divisions during the Second World War, precisely on the 28th of July 1944.