The Pan-Orthodox Vespers on the Sunday of Orthodoxy was held at the Church of St Nicholas in Marrickville, Sydney on 1 March 2015. Various Orthodox Churches in Sydney came together to pray and to jointly declare their Orthodox Faith with a Procession of icons around the Church.

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By Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)

Within this developed pattern of Great Lent, what precisely do the rules of fasting demand? Neither in ancient nor in modern times has there ever been exact uniformity, but most Orthodox authorities agree on the following rules:

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Holy Bishop Nicholai Velimirovich

Lord Jesus Christ, our God, accept from me, Your unworthy servant, this prayer for my enemies and our enemies. Forgive us all our sins. Have mercy on all our enemies who hate us, or insult us, or persecute us, or torture us, and do not judge them as they deserve, but according to Your great mercy turn them all: turn the nonbelievers to true faith and godliness, and may the believers step away from evil and do good — so that none of them die because of us, Your unworthy servants.

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The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, under the aegis of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania, hosted the 32nd Annual Opening of the Law Term for 2015 with a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service held at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Sydney on Tuesday evening, 10 February 2015. Many notable participants, including clergy and lay, legal professionals from the Inter-Orthodox community, were present to pray with and for dignitaries from the judiciary, including distinguished Supreme Court judicial officers, headed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, The Honourable Tom Bathurst QC, as well as Mr John Eades, President of the New South Wales Bar Association.

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The Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania, sponsored the Annual Opening of the Legal Year for 2015 with a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service held at the St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne on Tuesday morning, 3 February 2015. Many notable participants, including clergy and lay, legal professionals from the Inter-Orthodox community, were present to receive and pray with and for the dignitaries from the judiciary, including distinguished Supreme Court justices.

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Dear friends,

In the year behind us, we faced a flood and many of our compatriots have lost everything they had been acquiring all their lives. In addition, many other people needed support to improve their situation.

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World number 1 men's tennis player Novak Djokovic has once again shown his loyalty and passion towards his fans. On Wednesday, 21st January 2015 after Novak's training session, he made his way over to greet his many fans. Amongst the fans was a young 6 year old boy Stefan Stefanov from Gold Coast, Queensland who had been cheering for Nole along with his brothers Dejan and Ilija Stefanov. The Stefanov brothers are the sons of Fr Nikola and Popadija Natalija Stefanov from the St Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in South Brisbane, Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

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GREECE – what better place to explore the history of Western philosophy and religion! Join us as we spend two weeks roaming the ancient temples, monasteries and cities in which the great themes of human life were articulated in debate and dogma and from which many of our parents, grandparents and ancestors came. Reconnecting with our heritage, we'll meet with many familiar names and places – St Paul at Philippi, the Oracle at Delphi, the Olympians, the Corinthians, St John on Patmos to name just a few. As a bonus, our journey commences in ancient Constantinople, where we'll explore the marvels of Istanbul and meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to expand our minds as we explore the beautiful vista that is Greece.

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The Serbian Orthodox Church
to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2014

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By the Grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:

Peace from God! Christ is Born!

"Great is the mystery of godliness:
God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit,
seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up in glory. "
(I Tim. 3:16)

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