BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
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 all of you on this great and most radiant Feast of Feasts exclaiming in the inspired words of the Holy Damascus:
O Christ, great and most holy Pascha,
O Wisdom, Word and Power of God!
Grant that we may more perfectly partake of You
in the never-ending day of Your Kingdom.
(Paschal Canon—Song 9)
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Truly, beloved, let us rejoice exceedingly, for today, in the never-ending day of His Kingdom, the Risen Lord offers us the unique ability to come into touch with Him. He, the pre-eternal Wisdom and Word of God, Power and Love, grants us the opportunity that with Him we may commune and partake of the victory in which he defeated the last enemy of humanity – death – having destroyed death by His death and is risen from the dead!
On the radiant Feast of Resurrection of Christ, April 20th, 2014, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the Diocese of Timok (Eastern Serbia). In front of the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zajecar a solemn welcome was organized: Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by Bishop Justin of Timok with clergy, monks and the faithful people.
Patriarch Irinej thanked the Bishop for the welcome speech. Then a reception was held in honor of the Patriarch and his entourage at the Diocesan Centre in Zajecar.