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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On Saturday 12 March 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church presided over the Divine Liturgy at St Luke the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church Liverpool NSW. Co-celebrating with His Holiness were His Eminence Amphilochius, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Australia and New Zealand, Serbian Orthodox Church, His Grace Bishop George of Canberra, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and clergy from the Serbian and Russian Orthodox Churches.

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On Thursday 10 March, as part of His pastoral visit to Australia, His Holiness the Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej visited Pantanassa Monastery. His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Dr Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and Exarch of the Throne of Pech, Bishop Irinej the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, Protopresbyter Stojadin Pavlovic, Director of the Patriarchal Administerative Board, as well as Deacon Aleksandar Sekulic, Secretary of the Patriarchal Cabinet.

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