Serbian Orthodox Church
BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
GOD’S PEACE — CHRIST IS BORN!
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost;
Sunday before Nativity – The Holy Fathers;
The Holy Great-martyr Anastasia;
Serbian Father’s Day
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FIVE:
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted upon the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
The feast-day of Saint Spyridon the Miracle-worker in Trieste was solemnly celebrated this year; this is a great feast-day not only for Orthodox Christians but for all citizens of the city of Trieste as well, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation.
The faithful filled the church of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous at the feast-day’s vesper service which was served by His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland. The Roman Catholic Church, which celebrates Christmas according to the new calendar, was represented by His Excellency Archbishop of Trieste Giampaolo Crepaldi.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej awarded Dr. Smilja Avramov and Mr. Radomir Naumov with the high dinstinctions of the Serbian Orthodox Church - the order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree at the solemn reception at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 29 December 2014.
The solemn award ceremony was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Shabac, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and Teodosije of Rasko-Prizrenski, as well as protopresbyter Dr. Savo Jovic, chief secretary of the Holy Synod.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus received Dr. Mladen Ivanic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 24 December 2014.
The audience was also attended by Dr. Ranko Skrbich, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mrs. Natasha Zirojevich, Chief of the cabinet of the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Holy Hierarchical Liturgy was served on the occasion of the St. Nicholas Church in Pristina church Slava with the remaining Pristina Serbs and many others who were forced out of this city. Serving the liturgy were His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Ras and Prizren with the concelebration of the diocesan clergy and monastics.