Bishop Irinej encourages
Australian Government to support the Exchange Health and
Pension Benefits Scheme with the Republic of Serbia
On 2 October 2009, writing
on behalf of the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia,
His Grace Bishop Irinej encouraged Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Foreign
Minister Stephen Smith to support the implementation of the Social Agreement
between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Republic of Serbia, as
well as the Health Agreement between the two countries.
The Orthodox Church today celebrates the Venerable Cyriacus the Anchorite. At the chapel of St Simeon the Myrrh-Gushing of the Patriarchate court the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy has been served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of four priests and four deacons.
October 14, 2009 - Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God - Slava of the New Gracanica Monastery. Together with the Serbian bishops from America, His Eminence Nikolaj - Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosna will also be serving. Divine Liturgy begins at 10am.
On the occasion of 75 years since the death of King Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic in Marseilles, at the Church of St George in Oplenac, on October 9, 2009, on the day of St John the Theologian , His Grace Bishop Jovan of Shumadija served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and the memorial service with the concelebration of His Grace retired Bishop Nikolaj of Aljaska and many priests of the county of Oplenac. Prince Vladimir with his wife Brigite, Dragan Jovanovic, the president of Municipality of Topola as well as many children from the primary and high school Karadjordje and King Peter I from Topola.
At the monastery of Mileshevo this year there was a formal celebration of the founder's Patron Saint's Day - Holy King Vladislav. On this occasion on Tuesday, October 6 there was a feast vesper service and fervent prayer for the martyrs of Kosovo, after which there was a cultural and art program.
Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik and Tuzla consecrated on October 4, 2009 with the concelebration of Bishops: Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, Dositej of Great Britain and Scandinavia, Justin of Timok, Jovan of Shumadija, Atanasije of Hvosno, Porfirije of Jegar, Teodosije of Lipljan, many priests, monks, deacons and hierodeacons a newly renovated cathedral church of the Assumption of Holy Mother of God and an episcopal residence in Tuzla after which the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served.