Friday, February 17, 2017
On Tuesday, January 25th (February 7th, new style), Metropolitan Photios of the GOC concelebrated with Bishop John of Melbourne (ROCA) and hieromonk Ioannis (GOC) at the St Gregory the Theologian Church in Bentleigh. Protopriest Stylianos led the chanting.
Despite the Church feast falling on a weekday and the sudden rain, nearly 50 people attended. After Matins and Divine Liturgy a blessing of the five loaves followed, as well as prayers for the living with blessing of a Phanuropita and prayers for the departed with blessing of Kolyva.
The sun came out for the procession around the Church. Afterwards, the sisterhood offered a meal in the hall which was likewise well attended.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
In connection with the recent illegal meeting in New York state in January 2017, the following decrees banning clergy associated with Australia (Archbishop Andronik and Hegumen Andrei) have been issued.
These decrees emphasise the extreme seriousness of the situation, and the dire consequences of disobedience, both for the clergy themselves, and for those lay people who attend the services of the banned clergy.
Unity in the Orthodox Church is based on our practice of love, which we show through obedience. This duty is given to all Church members, from the first to the last.
The surest and safest path for parishioners in this confusing matter is to show obedience to the Sobor of Bishops, and concentrate maximally on prayer and good works, for their own salvation, and for the salvation of us all.
In our modern time, with its modern, distorted understanding of ‘love’ it may be difficult for some to understand traditional Church practice. However, our Orthodox Church practice is not something that can ‘change with the times’. Neither is the Church truly a ‘democratic organisation’ in the modern understanding of that term.
The government of the Church is entrusted to the Bishops.
The Sobor of Bishops, consisting of 12 hierarchs, has discussed the matters troubling our ROCA presently, and has arrived at the decision to ban certain clergy, out of love for these persons, and the hope for their repentance, as well as for the love and safeguarding of all the people.
The surest and safest path for parishioners in this confusing matter is to show obedience to the Sobor of Bishops, and concentrate maximally on prayer and good works for their own salvation, and for the salvation of us all.
It is necessary for Orthodox Christians to exercise great patience and faith in our evil days. Do not allow the evil one to lead you astray, away from the Church of Christ, which He founded and governed through the Holy Apostles, leading Her to this day through their successors, the Bishops of the Church
With love in Christ,
(Bishop of Melbourne)
Thursday, December 1, 2016
On Sunday 14/27 November, Bishop Ambrose served in the Free Serbian Church of St Stefan Dechanski in Carrum Downs, Victoria, concelebrating with Bishop John, Archimandrite Hristifor, Protopriest Bojan, Hieromonk Simeon and Priest Zvonimir.
The parish celebrated its church feast day in honour of St King-Martyr Stefan Dechanski (transferred from 11/24 November to the Sunday), with the rite of Serbian Slava and a procession around the church.
After the service, the sisterhood of St Angelina served sumptuous meal in the parish hall.
Saturday, November 26, 2016
On Tuesday 9/22 November, on the day of St Nectarius of Pentapolis, Bishop Ambrose of Methone (GOC) concelebrated with Bishop John (ROCA), Protopriest Stylianos and priest John in St Gregory the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church in Bentleigh. After the service, the faithful gathered for a communal meal in the parish hall.
Monday, November 21, 2016
22.11 (n.s.) st Nectarios of Pentapolis.
8 am Matins and Liturgy.
St Gregorios the Theologian Greek Orthodox Church
4 Gilbert grove, Bentleigh
9 am Hours and Divine Liturgy at the Annunciation Sisterhood (ROCA)
Nowhere Creek, VIC
26.11. (n.s.) St John Chrysostom
Service at the Holy Cross Mission (GOC)
8.30 am 3rd Hour, 6th Hour, Divine Liturgy
27.11. St Stefan of Dechani (transferred from 24.11.)
10 am Divine Liturgy
St Stefan Dechanski Free Serbian Orthodox Church
Carrum Downs, VIC
Sunday, October 30, 2016
According to the Decree of the Council of Bishops, on October 30th, at the Sunday Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Agafangel and Archbishop George ordained Abbot John (Smelic) to the rank of bishop.
Before the ordination, after the hours, the rite of confession of the faith of Abbot John was performed, during which he took the oath of allegiance and obedience to the Synod of Bishops of the ROCA.
Bishop John of Melbourne will be the vicar bishop of the Chairman of the Synod of ROCA, Metropolitan Agafangel.
According to the Decree of the Council of Bishops, in the Odessa Archangel Michael Cathedral, at the completion of the All-Night Vigil and the hours, Metropolitan Agafangel and Archbishop George performed the rite of Election of a Bishop over Abbot John (Smelic), naming him Bishop-elect of the God-preserved city of Melbourne (Australia), to be vicar Bishop of the President of the Synod.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
The Protection of the Mother of God parish in Melbourne celebrated its feast day on the Protection of the Mother of God, October 1/14. The rector of the parish, Igumen Andrei (Erastov), concelebrated with igumen John (Smelic). Despite the feast falling on a weekday, quite a few people were able to attend the services.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
On the eve of Pentecost (Saturday 17/30 May), the servant of God Svetlana was baptised at the St Gregory Theologian Church in Bentleigh (Melbourne). A handful of faithful and guests attended the Baptism.
Renouncing Satan, expulsion of all evil, and the making of a catechumen.
The anointing with the blessed “oil of gladness”
The servant of God is baptised in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The old man dies to sin, and the new Christian rises to life in God.
Newly-illumined Svetlana with her sponsor.
May Christ our God grant His newly illumined servant Svetlana health, salvation and many years!
After the Baptism, Abbott John (ROCA) served Great Vespers in honour of the great feast, followed by a parish gathering in the hall.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ! ВОИСТИНУ ВОСКРЕСЕ!
Pictures from St John of Kronstadt parish in Sydney:
Pictures from the Tabinsk Icon of the Mother of God parish in Dandenong:
Greek Orthodox Church of St Greogory the Theologian in Bentleigh (Melbourne) (Church of the True Orthodox Christians of Greece), which is currently served by clergy of ROCA:
Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition in Cheltenham (Melbourne) (Church of the True Orthodox Christians of Greece). Rector Protopriest Stylianos.