Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of
the Serbian Orthodox Church held in Belgrade May 14-29, 2015
The regular meeting of the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church took place at the Serbian Patriarchate took place at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade from May 14 – 29, 2015 under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej. Participating in the Assembly were all diocesan hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, with the exception of Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabra Bosna. Also present at the Assembly for the first time since the 2011 meeting was His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skoplje Jovan, released a few months prior from the Skoplje Idrizovo prison in large part through the efforts of His Holiness Russian Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the Serbian Orthodox Church to the measure possible.
The Supreme Court of New South Wales handed down its judgment today in legal proceedings commenced, with the knowledge and consent of the Holy Assembly of Bishops and the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by His Grace Bishop Irinej and the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand against the Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese for Australia and New Zealand Property Trust Limited and its directors for breaches of a charitable trust relating to the St Sava Monastery New Kalenich located in Wallaroo, New South Wales.
By way of summary, the Court found as follows:
The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on today’s session brought its final decision in which His Grace Bishop Filaret of Canada was permanently released from administering the Diocese of Canada.
The Diocese of Milesheva is administered by Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic
The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on today’s session brought its final decision in which His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada was permanently released from administering the Diocese of Canada.
The Diocese of Canada is temporarily administered by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
The Holy Synod of Bishops, in reviewing the report and conclusions of the formed Commission (chaired by His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Ras-Prizren and members: His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Velibor Dzomic (co-ordinator of the Legal committee of the Diocese of Montenego and the Coastlands), Protopresbyter-stavrophor Djuro Krosnjar (priest at St. Vasilije of Ostrog Church in Lake Forest, IL; Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America) and Veroslav Vjurdjevic (financial secretary from Hamilton, Diocese of Canada) in compliance with the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in reviewing the material-financial dealings in the Diocese of Canada and a general overview of the life of the Diocese and the pastoral work of His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, related to many charges brought against him by the clergy and people, the Holy Synod rendered a decision (on April 20, 2015) in which Bishop of Canada Georgije with that date is temporarily released of his duties of administering the Diocese of Canada until completion of the canonical proceedings, or until the forthcoming meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops.
At the same time, in accordance with the articles of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church the Holy Synod of Bishops requested that His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia serve as administrator of the Diocese of Canada until the Holy Assembly of Bishops renders a final decision, whereby assiting His Holiness would be His Grace Bishop Teodosije (member of the Holy Synod) and His Grace Bishop Maxim.
From the Office of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church
The Serbian Orthodox Church
to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2015
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!
“Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One, yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades, and didst arise as victor, O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women, rejoice, and giving peace unto Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.”
This song of immortality, our dear spiritual children, we sing ceaselessly during these days of our celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, which occurred, as the ancient seers of God's mysteries witnessed, on the same day of the week on which God created in the beginning - out of nothing - heaven and earth.
On that same day, according to those same mystery-perceivers, the Lord delivered His chosen people from Egyptian slavery; hence, we call it Pascha – that is, the passing-over from slavery into freedom in the Lord through the Red Sea.