Pentecost: The Descent of the Holy Spirit

In the Old Testament, Pentecost was the feast that occurred fifty days after Passover. As the Passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God's gift of the ten commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.

In the new covenant of the Messiah, the Passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ's death and resurrection, the "exodus" of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God. And in the New Testament as well, the Pentecostal feast is fulfilled and made new by the coming of the "new law," the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.

When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed as resting upon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit ... (Acts 2:1–4).

COMMUNIQUE

The Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down its judgment today in legal proceedings commenced, with the knowledge and consent of the Holy Assembly of Bishops and the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by His Grace Bishop Irinej and the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand against the Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese for Australia and New Zealand Property Trust Limited and its directors for breaches of a charitable trust relating to the St Sava Monastery New Kalenich located in Wallaroo, New South Wales.

By way of summary, the Court found as follows:

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Cardinal Kurt Koch

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Cardinal Kurt Koch
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Cardinal Kurt Koch
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Cardinal Kurt Koch
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Cardinal Kurt Koch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Eminence Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade yesterday, on 28 May 2015.

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa attended the meeting. Cardinal Koch was accompanied by Apostolic Nuncio in Belgrade, Mons. Orlando Antonini, Archbishop of Belgrade Mr. Stanislav Hocevar, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity pater Hyacinthe Destivelle and Secretary of Apostolic Nunciature in Serbia pater Janusz Stanislaw Blachowiak.

Monastery Zica celebrates its Church slava

Monastery Zica celebrates its Church slava
Monastery Zica celebrates its Church slava
Monastery Zica celebrates its Church slava
Monastery Zica celebrates its Church slava

Monastery Zica, the first see of the Serbian Archbishopric, celebrated its Church Slava, the Ascension of our Lord, on 21 May 2015 with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist in the ancient church, officiated by His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America.

Concelebrating were His Grace Bishop Justin of Zica and retired Bishop Atanasije of Hercegovina as well as Archimandrite Tikhon, abbot of Studenica Monastery, together with diocesan clergy and monastics. Many of the faithful gathered from throughout the diocese, as well as guests from monasteries: Chelije Piperske (Montenegro), Kovil near Ivanjica and Nikolje of Ovcar-Kablar, all of whom were joyfully welcomed by Abbess Jelena and the monastery sisterhood. During the liturgy Bishop Justin ordained Deacon Bojan Sujic from Raska to the rank of Priest.

Communique – 23 May 2015

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on today’s session brought its final decision in which His Grace Bishop Filaret of Canada was permanently released from administering the Diocese of Canada.

The Diocese of Milesheva is administered by Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic

Ascension Day celebrated in Belgrade

Ascension Day celebrated in Belgrade
Ascension Day celebrated in Belgrade
Ascension Day celebrated in Belgrade
Ascension Day celebrated in Belgrade

Ascension Day – the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the capital was celebrated yesterday with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of the Holy Ascension of the Lord in Belgrade. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Liturgy and the traditional slava procession through central streets of Belgrade (photo gallery).

At the Liturgy to His Holiness concelebrated: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Irinej of Australia-New Zealand, Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi. This year’s host of the slava was Mr. Sinisa Mali, Mayor of Belgrade.  Metropolian Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral addressed the people gathered at the Ascension church.