Christ is Risen!

On Tuesday, May 10th, we lost a dear brother and resident of the St. Herman House, Fr. Seraphim "Samuel" Steve. A native of Cleveland, Fr. Seraphim (age 75) was with us for four months and was a great blessing to our work on behalf of those in need. We had made numerous plans with respect to his future with us and had hoped to utilize his expertise in working with those suffering from addiction. In the months since his arrival, he had endeared himself to our residents, volunteers, and all. On a personal note, I will miss him greatly. Within weeks of his arrival, Father began to suffer with a number of maladies and, untimely for us, passed away. My wife and I had a wonderful visit with him on St. Thomas Sunday and we said the Paschal Hours together as he held a lit candle. Unable to attend the services of the Great and Holy Pascha, it was for all intents and purposes his Pascha service for this year. Father now celebrates the unending day of Resurrection in eternity. "This is the day which the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad therin!"

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Australian women medical volunteers and Australian soldiers decorated by Serbia in World War One to be commemorated

An exhibition of Serbian medals through history and the decorations awarded to a little known group of Australian women medical volunteers and to a number of Australian Army soldiers in World War One, will be held on Sunday 8th May at the St Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Church, 14 Renwick St, Alexandria, NSW, as part of the National Trust Heritage Festival 2016.

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Beloved monastics, clergy, all sons and daughters, faithful spiritual children of our Holy Church in Australia and New Zealand, from a paternal heart overflowing with Paschal joy, We greet you on this great and most radiant Feast of Feasts with the inspiring words of Saint John the Theologian:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . the Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband; and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling of God is with men. He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them; He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away."

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The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2016

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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 Paschal greeting:

Christ is Risen!

"Christ is risen, trampling down death and raising the dead. Rejoice, all you people!"

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Her Majesty ELIZABETH II
The Queen of the United Kingdom,
Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and
Head of the Commonwealth
Buckingham Palace
London SW1A 1AA

You have placed crowns of precious stones upon their heads.
They asked life of you and you gave it to them—long life forever and evermore!
(Ps. 21:3-4)

Your Majesty,

In this day in which we commemorate the 90th year of Your Majesty's birth, kindly allow Us to express, on Our own behalf and on behalf of Our hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful, living throughout Your domain Our earnest offering of congratulations and sincere appreciation to the Lord for Your long life, and for Your most gracious Reign.

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METROPOLIANATE OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

The issue of the completion of legal proceedings in Australia is a constant concern of our Metropolitanate, one which we have at present started to actively implement. At the convocations of the Executive Board and Assembly of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand (03 to 05 September 2015) in Melbourne, the official position of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church was formulated as such that the Metropolitanate would not initiate new proceedings or continue with procedures that were stayed until the handing down of the judgment of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and adoption of a Scheme regarding the use of the New Kalenich Monastery; except in the case of an appeal, in order to defend our court victory in the process of restoring the New Kalenich Monastery to the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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The Holy Archangel Michael parish celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy with the procession of the Holy Icons. It was wonderful to see so many faithful attending the Holy Liturgy, celebrated by the Reverend Presbyter Veselin Svorcan and assisted by the Reverend Deacon Miladin Tripic, affirming the Orthodox Faith on the First Sunday of Great Lent.

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On Sunday evening 20th March 2016 at St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Marrickville, a Pan-Orthodox Vespers Service was held to commemorate the Sunday of Orthodoxy.

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First Sunday of the Great and Holy lent, 20 March 2016, the day when we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy over the iconoclasts, was the second day in a row in Cabramatta when we needed two Chalices to commune all the faithful. The Holy Liturgy was celebrated by very reverend protopresbyter-stavrophors Djuro Djurdjevic and Nenad Djurasinovic; whilst Fr. Nemanja Mrdjenovic was hearing confessions from the early morning until the beginning of Communion, from hundreds of faithful who were preparing for the Holy Eucharist.

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