Eparchial (Diocesan) News
The clergy of the Sydney Deanery have continued organising and presenting spiritual lectures for adults. On Sunday, 27 July 2014, in the St Lazarus Church in Alexandria, Vespers were served by the Very Reverend Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Miodrag Perich, parish rector, and Protodeacon Christopher Henderson from the St Archangel Michael parish in Homebush. Vespers were served in English, and the lecture was also presented in English by Father Miodrag.
The Cathedral Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica is a place of forgiveness and reconciliation and in this way the best contribution of Montenegro to the celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan, from which the principle of religious freedom was derived and proclaimed around the world, as it was emphasized at the spiritual academy in Podgorica last night.
The spiritual academy was attended by primates of the Orthodox Churches led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, church dignitaries, representatives of other Christian Churches and traditional religious communities and members of the Honorary Board of celebration led by President of Montenegro Mr. Filip Vujanovic. His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral pointed out in solemn speech that the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ, which construction had begun two decades ago, represented a call for forgiveness and reconciliation in Montenegro.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrived in Podgorica by special plane from Nis to the celebration of the 17 centuries of the Edict of Milan and the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral; Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and other members of the Patriarch's delegation came to Podgorica along with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Midland, Pennsylvania hosted Lenten Vespers on the 3rd Sunday of Lent, the Adoration of Holy Cross on the Annunciation of Our Mоst Holy Lady, and the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary, for the Pittsburgh Deanery.
On the feast day of Holy Three Hierarchs Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana co-celebrated the Divine Liturgy with Bishop Jovan of Lipljan at the Cathedral church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb.
On 7th February 2013, the day on which the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of our Father amongst the Saints Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsakos, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, conducted memorial prayers at the Holy Patriarchal Chapel of St Theodori at the Patriarchal See, for the repose of his late Predecessor and Spiritual Father, Patriarch Parthenios III.
With deep emotion and much gratitude, during his homily His Beatitude spoke of the life and personality of the late Patriarch who was the last Alexandrian Primate from Egypt.
Patriarch Parthenios of Alexandria (born Aris Koinidis) was born in 1919 in Port Said in Egypt, and his family came from Hios. He studied at the Theological Academy of Halkis and did post-graduate studies in Oxford and in Paris. He was ordained Deacon in 1939 and Priest in 1948. He was elected as Metropolitan of Carthage in 1958 and Patriarch of Alexandria in 1987.