Christmass Encyclical of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand

How can a womb contain Him whom nothing can contain?
How can He remain in His Father’s bosom, yet rest in His mother’s arms?
It is His good pleasure to accomplish this. . .
(Nativity Matinal Kathisma Hymn)

God in His Providence deigned, and it is truly according to His good will, that the birth of а child be a great source of joy. For all of us who anticipate that child, its birth evokes boundless love – tenderness – toward that newborn life! As such we celebrate the birth of Christ according to the flesh with hymns of praise and joyful songs. For His birth is the source and foundation of our salvation as He, God before all ages, is “born as a little Child”. Christ is born, beloved, glorify Him!

Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic

Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.

Belgrade,  28 December 2015. - The high guest and His Holiness discussed the problems facing the Serbian Orthodox Church and the suffering of the Serbian people on Kosovo and Metohija, with a special emphasis on a perspective that could be expected after opening Chapter 35 by the European Union.

30th anniversary of episcopal and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry of Vladika Amfilohije celebrated liturgically at the Cathedral church in Podgorica

On the feast of Holy Hiero-Martyr Gabriel, on 26 December, the solemn conciliar Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served regarding the 30th anniversary of episcopal and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry of Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, in the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.

His Beatitude Jovan, Arcbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, officiated the Liturgy while celebrant, Metropolitan Amfilohije concelebrated along with envoy of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia His Eminence Metropolitan Vikentiy of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, permanent member of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church; His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops : Jovan of Sumadija, Justin of Zica,  Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Jovan of Nis, Jovan of Pakrac-Slavonia, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Ilarion of Timok, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina as well as abbot of the Chilandar monastery Archimandrite Metodije and a number of priests and monks.

Source: Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral

Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije

Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije
Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije
Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije
Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije

In the fulfilled crypt of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, on 25 December 2015, the solemn spiritual academy dedicated to the 30th anniversary of episcopal ministry and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry as  Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije was held.

The academy was attended by: envoy of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia His Eminence Metropolitan Vikentiy of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, permanent member of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church; His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops : Jovan of Sumadija, Justin of Zica,  Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Jovan of Nis, Jovan of Pakrac-Slavonia, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Ilarion of Timok, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina as well as abbot of the Chilandar monastery Archimandrite Metodije, Ambassador of Serbia to Podgorica Zoran Bingulac, and a number of priests and monks.

Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg

Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg
Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg
Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg
Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg

With the blessing of His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and under auspices of the Metropolitanate of St.Petersburg and His Eminence Metropolitan Varsonufiy, the Christmas exhibition was opened in St. Petersburg on 23 December 2015.

This year, the Diocese of Zica from Serbia was invited  as well. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Justin, representatives of the Diocese of Zica brought to the exhibition an icon of the Most Holy Mother of God Hodegetria which is being posted on the upper part of the altar of the church of the Ascension of the Lord in Cacak (Mother of God of Gradac).