Saturday, February 2, 2019

Joyous occasion: Wedding in Sydney

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On Sunday 14/27. January 2019, the servants of God Nikola and Natalie received the Mystery of Marriage. Father Nebojsa Mirkovic served at the Greek church of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Sydney (Dulwich Hill).

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Many years to the newly weds!

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Christmas in Sydney

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Joyous services for the Nativity of our Lord in Sydney (Parish of St John of Kronstadt) on 24-25.12/6-7.1.19. Nearly all the parishioners received Holy Communion and celebrated the feast with a common meal.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Feast of St John of Kronstadt in Sydney

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The parish of St John of Kronstadt celebrated its January feast day at the Greek church of Sts Cosmas and Damian this year, accommodating a larger number of parishioners. The service was entirely in English, with Bishop John presiding and father Nebojsa Mirkovic concelebrating.

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At the small entrance, father Nebojsa was awarded with the nabedrennik and kamilavka.

After the service, the parish gathered for an extended meeting and discussion.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Christmas greeting from the Annunciation Hermitage

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Feast of Saint Nicholas in Brisbane

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On Sunday, 10/23.12, the monastery of St Nicholas (Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand) celebrated their patronal feast. Bishop Ambrose presided at the festal services in concelebration with Bishop John, Archimandrites Hristifor and Simeon, Protopriest Zvonimir, and Priests Alexander and Atanasije.

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Bishop John presided at the Divine Liturgy on Saturday 9/22.12. Thereafter followed a moleben asking God’s blessing for the Free Serbian Diocesan Council meeting, which subsequently elected Archimandrite Hristifor (Nedjic) as candidate to be Bishop for the Free Serbian Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.

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Meeting Bishop Ambrose on Sunday 10/23.12.

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Procession around the Church

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The Slava.

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The St Nicholas Church has been frescoed beautifully over the course of the past year.

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After the service, the parish sisterhood offered a sumptuous meal in the hall.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Concelebration in Melbourne

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On Sunday, 26.11/9.12, Bishop Ambrose served in the parish of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Beaumaris (Melbourne), in concelebration with Bishop John of Melbourne (ROCA), Protopriest Stylianos, Hieromonks Theophilos and John, and Deacon Anastasios. During the service, he ordained Fr Anastasios to the priesthood.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bishop Ambrose in Sydney

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On Sunday, November 12/25, 2018, the feast day of St John the Merciful, Bishop Ambrose visited the Greek Old Calendar parish of Sts Cosmas and Damian in Sydney. He concelebrated with father Nebojsa Mirkovic (ROCA).

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Baptism in Sydney

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On Friday, 26.10/9.11. 2018, the servant of God Natalia was received into the Holy Orthodox Church by the Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation.

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The services of the making of a Catechumen, the Baptism, and the Chrismation were performed in English by priest Nebojsa Mirkovic, with the sponsors and a few guests present. In accordance with the canons of the Church, the baptism occurred by full immersion three times.

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The next day, she communed of the Holy Mysteries for the first time at the Divine Liturgy at the same church.

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Natalia was raised in the roman-catholic heresy, but having come to know Christ at a mature age, is now an Orthodox Christian. She is a member of the parish of St John of Kronstadt in Sydney. May God grant health and salvation, and many years, to our sister in Christ, the newly-illumed Natalia, and may she keep her baptism pure from any stain, error or sin!

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Visit of Bishop John to Lyons

On Sunday 15/28.10, the parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Lyons (France), welcomed Bishop John. At the Divine Liturgy, he concelebrated with Protopriest George (GOC), Protopriest Hristo, Protodeacon German Ivanoff-Trinadzaty and Deacon Eugene Doroshin.

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Many children attended the service, which was marked by a distinctive sense that the parish is one spiritual family in Christ. There were many communicants. The excellent choir was adeptly led by Geman Ivanoff-Trinadzaty junior. After the service the parish sisterhood offered an extensive lunch in the parish hall.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Where is the Church? The example of St John the Chozebite.

john1.jpg St John the Chozebite, commemorated on 3/16 October, received the holy Schema of the monks from his grandfather, who was also a monk. After bidding him farewell, John departed for Jerusalem.

“At that time, he did not accept the holy Fourth Oecumenical Synod at Chalcedon, but separated himself from the Orthodox Church; for this he was prevented from approaching the holy Cross when he attempted to venerate it. Then he heard a voice while he slept, saying, ‘They that are not in communion with the Orthodox Church are not worthy of worshipping the Cross of Jesus, our Lord.’ He awoke after this and hastened to a church where he sought absolution.”

We are very familiar with St Mary of Egypt, and how her sinful life prevented her from entering the Holy Sepulchre specifically in order to venerate the Holy Cross. But why was St John the Chozebite prevented? He was a pious monk from his youth, from a good Orthodox family…!

The life of the saint does not state specifically whether his grandfather and guide to the spiritual life also rejected the Synod of Chalcedon. But one might deduce that this was the case, since St John made no changes to his life while living at his first monastery. Neither did he find it possible to return to live there, having been enlightened by God as to the correctness of the Fourth Oecumenical Council.

St John’s grandfather had led him to the spiritual life. He owed his relative every respect as an elder. Yet he did not allow their spiritual bond, nor the bond of blood to delay keep him separated from the Church of Christ.

St John lived during the theological controversy regarding the Divine and human natures of Christ. It was a time of extreme troubles among Christians, precisely because of differences in doctrine. In the history of the Church, new and un-orthodox teachings emerged from a complicated background, where personal passions, antipathies, ‘politics’ and historical circumstances figured prominently. It must have been confusing indeed for the faithful to find the truth. Yet St John did not choose to ignore the problems, nor did he conclude that ‘this is for the Bishops to decide’, nor did he simply ’stay with the family’ to avoid making a decision.

Today’s theological controversy deals with the nature of the Church. Some promote the strange idea that there is no necessity for Orthodox Christians to be in communion, asserting they are all ‘in the church’ if they call themselves Orthodox and have not denied any of the important tenets of the Orthodox Christian faith - even if find that in actual fact, they are separate from all other Orthodox Christian churches. This is a teaching markedly different from the traditional view of the Church. It is true that our modern time is confusing and difficult for the faithful to navigate - but the difficulties pale against the realities of life during the Christological or iconoclastic controversies.

In our extremely complicated times each one of us must stop and honestly reflect whether we are in the Orthodox Church of Christ.

May God enlighten those who truly seek Him to deny themselves, and bravely seek His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church!

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Sydney, NSW
Parish of St John of Kronstadt.

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  • Serving priest: Father Nebojsa Mirkovic
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  • Service times:
    Sundays and feast days: Matins 730 am
    Divine Liturgy: 9 am.
    Please contact us to confirm what time Liturgy is served.
  • Saturdays and eves of feasts: Vespers 530 pm
    or All-night Vigil 6 pm

Dandenong, VIC
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  • Services once a month
  • Visits by Bishop John

Western Victoria
Annunciation of the Mother of God Women’s Monastic Community

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  • Spiritual Father: Bishop John.
  • Address: 266 Nowhere Creek Rd, Nowhere Creek, 3469
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