The doors of repentance are opening, Great Lent is beginning. Every year Great Lent is repeated, and each time it brings us great benefit if we spend it as we should. It is a preparation for the life to come and, more immediately, a preparation for the Bright Resurrection.
Just as a stairway is built into a tall building in order to enable one, by climbing the steps, to easily reach the top, so too, the various days in the year serve as steps for our spiritual ascent.
This is especially true of the days of Great Lent and Holy Pascha.
The Patriarch visited the Saint Athanasius Coptic Theological College. Visits to churches in Adelaide and the skete of the Holy Mother of God in Inglewood. Serbian Patriarch in Sidney. The visit to the parish on the Central Coast. Welcome at Greek monasteries.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej, accompanied by Metropolitan Amfilohije and Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, visited the Saint Athanasius Coptic Theological College (SACOTC) in Donvale on 8 March 2016. Serbian Patriarch Irinej held a lecture on the topic of the role of the Church in modern trends to attending representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the native – Coptic Church, professors and lecturers at this College, which are in the same time eminent representatives of the University in Melbourne.
On 9 March 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia officiated at the 16th annual ceremony of awarding the prize of the International Foundation for the Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations (IFUOCN) “For the Outstanding Activity in Strengthening Unity of Orthodox Christian Nations and for Consolidation and Promotion of Christian Values in the Life of Society” named after His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II. The ceremony took place in the Hall of Church Councils of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Prizes were awarded to His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria; President Tomislav Nikolic of the Republic of Serbia; and Mr. Sergei Naryshkin, chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.
On 9 March 2016, a meeting between His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Mr. Tomislav Nikolić, President of Serbia, took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
The head of Serbia was accompanied by Mr. Ivan Mrkić, Adviser to the President; Mr. Slavenko Terzić, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the Russian Federation; and Mrs. Dragica Nikolić, spouse of the President.
On Thursday, March 3, 2015, His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California, and St. Xenia Skete in nearby Wildwood, together with an honored guest, Protopresbyter Vasileios Thermos of Athens, Greece.
This is Fr. Vasileios’ second pilgrimage to the St. Herman Monastery, his first being two years ago, with his presbytera. Fr. Vasileios is a priest of the Church of Greece. Together with his priestly ministry in Athens, he is a practicing psychiatrist, and is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Psychology at the University Ecclesiastical Academy in Athens. The author of many books and articles, he has offered programs and retreats in Greece, the United States, Albania, and Cyprus.
His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana visited the Greek Orthodox Church from 27-28 February 2016. On this occasion he participated in the symposium which was organized by the church of Saint Parascheva.
The symposium titled “Love and marriage” was held on 27 February 2016. Besides His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije, His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Chalkis, retired professor of the University of Athens protopresbyter George Metalinos as well as other eminent lecturers participated in the work of the symposium.