Church-youth seminar 2008, St.Sava Monastery New Kalenic

The Serbian Orthodox community of Australia and New Zealand has a future, and a very bright one at that. The events of the first National Church-Youth Seminar of 2008 held at our beautiful Monastery of St. Sava in Hall (A.C.T) have proven this. From the 26-28 December, over 40 of the finest young Serbian minds of Australia and New Zealand descended on our nation's capital of Canberra. They came to fulfill their long-awaited dream of forming a Church-Youth organization which would gather young Serbs around our Holy Church and represent not only our youth, but our entire community to the world around us. The result was an explosion of intellectual activity and great ideas rarely seen in our community, and a true spirit of Orthodox Christian fellowship being formed among the delegates of the many cities and parishes - most of whom didn't want the weekend to end. The participants slowly trickled into to the Monastery over Thursday night and Friday, giving everybody an opportunity to get to know each other even before the beginning of the Seminar.

Bishop Teodosije: Of great importance is a restoration of Serbian homes in which is celebrated the Name of God

Christmas has been today solemnly celebrated in Visoki Dechani also, where Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan has served a Holy Liturgy with monks of the monastery. The joy of Nativity of Jesus monks shared with guests from Serbia and representatives of Serbian communities in Metohija, reports Zivojin Rakocevic, the editor of Radio KIM, from Zvechan. Bishop Teodosije said that Christmas as always has brought a lot of joy: ‘' The God-child came to save the world from man, to save the mankind. We are making efforts to welcome our dearest guest who will give us many gifts from heaven.'' , said Bishop Teodosije and emphasized an importance of the return to Metohija and a need to restore full life of Serbs who return.

Metropolitan Amfilohije served a Midnight Christmas Holy Liturgy at the St Sava Cathedral

For the glory of Nativity of God-child and Our Savior Lord Jesus Christ, at the midnight between January 6 and 7, 2009, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Cetinje and the Littoral served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral of St Sava on Vracar with the concelebration of eight priests and four deacons of the Archbishopric Belgrade-Karlovac.

Christmas Eve celebration at the Russian Hall

The Russian Orthodox Church and a Russian community in Belgrade gathered today the faithful of the Russian and the Serbian Church at the Russian Hall in order to celebrate Christmas Eve. In an atmosphere of the traditional unity and love of Serbian and Russian people a concert of Christmas carols of the Belgrade Madrigal Choir with a conductor Aleksandar Brujic was held. In the full auditorium of the Russian Hall director delivered a speech, and then followed speeches of Rt. Rev. Protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasjev, a head of the Podvorye of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, and of His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia.

Christmas Eve in Belgrade

Tonight on Christmas Eve at the old church of St. Sava inVracar with blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia , His GraceBishop Atanasije of Hvosno served the holiday, Christ`s vigil.

Bishop Atanasije served with the concelebration of many priests,deacons and hierodeacons from the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.

After the vesper , severalthousand faithful citizens gathered infront of the church. His Grace Bishop Atanasije blessed and set on fire the Yule logtogether with chanting the Christmas hymn: Your Nativity.

The Holy Protomartyr Stephen the Archdeacon

Stephen was a kinsman of the Apostle Paul and one of those Jews who lived in the Hellenic provinces. Stephen was the first of the seven deacons whom the holy apostles ordained and appointed to the service of assisting the poor in Jerusalem. For this, he is called the archdeacon. By the power of his faith, Stephen worked great miracles among the people. The wicked Jews disputed with him, but they were always defeated by his wisdom and the power of the Spirit, Who acted through him. Then the shameful Jews, accustomed to calumnies and slander, incited the people and the elders of the people against the innocent Stephen, slandering him as though he had blasphemed against God and against Moses. False witnesses were quickly found who confirmed this.