Blessed is he who comes in the Name of the Lord!

With exceeding great joy we herein announce that, at the invitation of His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, His Holiness the Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej will visit the Metropolitanate of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Fifth Continent from 2nd to 13th March 2016.

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The Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania, sponsored the Annual Opening of the Legal Year for 2016 with a Pan-Orthodox Prayer Service – Doxology held at St Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church in South Melbourne on Monday morning, 1 February 2016. Many notable participants: hierarchs, clergy and laity, legal professionals from the Orthodox community, were present to receive the dignitaries from the judiciary, including distinguished Supreme Court justices, and offer prayers for beginning of the new Legal Year.

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On the Great Feast of Theophany, 19 January 2016, His Grace Bishop Irinej celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the Anglophonic parish of the Holy Archangel Michael in Homebush, New South Wales. Concelebrating with him was the Reverend Veselin Svorcan, Parish Priest, assisted by Deacons Aleksandar Ivanovic and Miladin Tripic.

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The Serbian Orthodox Church
to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2015

+IRINEJ

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!

"Sing to the Lord; bless His name;
Proclaim His salvation from day to day;
Declare His glory among the Gentiles,
His wonders among all peoples."
(Psalm 95 (96): 2-3)

With these words, dear brothers and sisters in Christ the Lord and our dear spiritual children, King David calls us to this Feast Day and to this festive celebration which the Lord Himself has prepared with His Birth from the Most Holy Virgin Mary in the Bethlehem cave. Two thousand years ago, the Most Holy Virgin Mary, together with the righteous Joseph, came to Bethlehem of Judea to be registered. Joseph's registering among his brothers and his kinsman served in the economy of salvation and in fulfilling the prophecy told by prophet Micah: "And you, O Bethlehem, House of Ephratha, though you are fewest in number among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to me the One to be ruler of Israel. His goings forth were from the beginning, even from everlasting." (Micah 5:1)

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IRINEJ

BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

GOD'S PEACE — CHRIST IS BORN!

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

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!

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The Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Irinej are pleased to announce that the Supreme Court of New South Wales has today, 24 December 2015, confirmed the orders made by the Court on 29 May 2015 and adopted the scheme put forward by His Grace Bishop Irinej for the future management of the St Sava Monastery under the auspices of the Metropolitanate and the authority of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

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МИТРОПОЛИЈА АУСТРАЛИЈСКО-НОВОЗЕЛАНДСКА СРПСКЕ ПРАВОСЛАВНЕ ЦРКВЕ- SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH – METROPOLITANATE OF AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

SYDNEY DEANERY 2016 ST SAVA CAMP FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY 2016 TO MONDAY, 25 JANUARY 2015

Open to children of primary and secondary school age | Cost: $135 per camper | $235 per adult(for four days and three nights, with accommodation and meals included)

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On St Andrew's feast day, Sunday 13 December 2015, His Grace Bishop Irinej celebrated hierarchical Liturgy at St George Historic Cathedral in Cabramatta, NSW. His co-celebrants were Very Reverend Protopresbyter-stavrophor Djuro Djurdjevic the dean of the Cabramatta parish, V. Rev. Protopresbyter-stavrophor Nikola Bilic dean of the Darwin parish, V. Rev. Presbyter Nemanja Mrdjenovic second parish priest of the Cabramatta parish, as well as V. Rev. Protodeacon Petar Mrakic and Rev. Deacon Aleksandar Ivanovic the secretary of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand. The Cabramatta parish choir, aided by a couple of voices from the Lazarica choir and directed by Ms Darija Galic M. Mus, sang angelically.

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