Serbian Orthodox Church

Christmas holidays in Australia

Christmas holidays in Australia
Christmas holidays in Australia
Christmas holidays in Australia
Christmas holidays in Australia

Thousands of faithful Serbs celebrated Christmas holidays in churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church throughout Australia and New Zealand.

On Christmas Eve and the feast day of the Holy Fathers, Bishop Irinej of the
Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand celebrated the Hierarchal Divine
Liturgy in the church of Saint Hierodeacon Stephen in Rooty Hill. On Christmas
Eve, His Grace Bishop Irinej celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Sidney’s suburb of
Alexandria.

"Struggle for the faith"

A group of priests from Cacak, in their disagreement with the regulations of the Church and the spiritual authority of the leadership in the Church, have formed an electronic forum known as “Borba za veru” (“Struggle for the faith”), so that by means of this site they might allow the public to know of their opposition to the Serbian Church. Here we must instantly cite the words of the Apostle Paul from Holy Scripture which are compulsory to all, which state: “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves” (Rom. 13:1-2). This was said during the time of pagan rule. It was meant directly for the governing rulers, and all the more to the spiritual, church rulers. What rulers are these? The Church is, by succession from Christ our Lord, apostolic. And by its conformation, through the Apostles, it is episcopal, under the leadership of the bishops.

2012 Winter Retreat

2012 Winter Retreat
2012 Winter Retreat
2012 Winter Retreat
2012 Winter Retreat

Bringing the Youth of the New Gračanica Midwest Diocese Together

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; thanks be to the protection of Most Holy Theotokos;through the prayers of all the Saints; with theblessing of Bishop Longin, and by the hard work of the Diocesan Youth Department, the second Annual Winter Youth Retreat of the Serbian Orthodox Midwest Diocese was held at the Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God (New Carlisle, Indiana)from Wednesday, December 26th through Sunday, December 30th, 2012. The theme of this year’s retreat was “Keeping it Real”. The Winter Retreat allowed youth from several Great Lake states to come together and deepen their understanding of our Orthodox faith while strengthening their relationships with like-minded peers.

Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino

Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino
Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino
Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino
Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited yesterday the ancient monastery at Bodbe and one of the greatest shrines of the Orthodox Georgia – the monastery of Saint Nino, where her wonderworking relics are being kept.

Patriarch was solemnly welcomed at the courtyard of the monastery and then he celebrated the moleben. Serbian Patriarch addressed the gathered expressing his sincere joy for the opportunity to visit this magnificent shrine especially because his mother, upon her tonsure into the monastic rank, had received name Nina.

The monastery of Saint Nino was founded in the ninth century and is the seat of the bishops of Bodbe.

Bishop Irinej: Archpastoral Nativity Message

Christ is born – glorify Him!
Christ is from Heaven – receive Him!
Christ is on earth – be exalted!
Sing to the Lord all the earth!
(St Gregory the Theologian)


Our much beloved Clergy and Monastics, Sons and Daughters, Our dear Spiritual Children,

Celebrating today the Birth of Christ according to the flesh, and repeating those same all joyous and wondrous words of Saint Gregory the Theologian, we hear the words of life which throughout the ages invite us to hasten and encounter Him, who came down from heaven. Those same words invite us to open our hearts! Be exalted with Him, who for us took on our human body. Christ is born let all the earth, sing! Let the people sing and rejoice, for unto us Almighty God is born as a little child!