On Saturday, January 27th, the Saint Sava temple in the capital of New Zeland ceremoniously celebrated its patronate saint. The ceremony began with the Holy Liturgy, which was lead by the fr.Meletius from the sacred archangel monastery in Levin, with Fr.Predrag. After the Divine Liturgy and Litija around the temple, the Slavic cake was prepared, which was prepared by the hosts of the  Basic family.

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In restoring eyesight to the blind man called Bartimaeus, Our Lord does another miracle in Jericho. This time He is opens the spiritual eyes of a tax collector named Zacchaeus, thus enabling him to accept the Gospel, to perceive his inner self and his sins, to repent, and to drastically change his life. Opening the spiritual eyes of a spiritually blind man, is just as great a miracle as restoring the eyesight of a man blind from birth. Zacchaues was a chief tax collector, and in that capacity an employee of the Roman government.  By way of contract with the Romans, he was obliged to give a certain agreed amount to them, and whatever was left over he could keep for himself. He could freely overcharge people.

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The Holy Archangel Michael Parish and Church Community in Homebush, celebrated its patronal feast day the Holy Archangel Michael on Sunday, 19th of November 2017. This year’s feast day has broken all the previous attendance records. Close to 200 hundred people have gathered to celebrate and partake in the glorious occasion. 

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Today’s Gospel exposes the truth about life after death, and also reveals one very important principle: we cannot achieve eternal life without struggle. Also, through this Bible story Christ reminds us that wealth without virtues is pure wickedness. 
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On Thursday the 9th of November, His Grace Bishop Siluan was received by the Mayor of Hornsby, Mr Phillip Ruddock. The Mayor is Australia's second longest serving federal politician, serving the nation as both Minister for Immigration and Attorney General. As a token of thanks for Mr Ruddock's decades long support of the Serbian Church and community, His Grace presented Mr Ruddock with an Orthodox wall Cross. Mr Ruddock mentioned that he has a considerable number of Orthodox icons, and was grateful for the new addition to his collection. In a very warm exchange of reflections on both world and local events, both the Bishop and Mayor expressed their mutual concerns for society in this time of social confusion. 
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Upon the unanimous desicion of the judicial council  on March the 7th 2017, according to which the Appeals Court of NSW confirmed the judgment of the Supreme Court of NSW of 2015 relating to the St. Sava monastery near Canberra, this monastery has been returned to the spiritual management and guidance of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand. 
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Stage 1 of St. Sava College is now at lock up stage, and to celebrate this important milestone, His Grace Bishop Siluan, summoned the clergy and faithful of Sydney and environs to come together in prayer and fellowship on Monday of the long weekend just passed. Several hundred people shared in the radiance of the Divine Liturgy, followed by, the much appreciated performances of the “Nasledje” children’s orchestra under the leadership of Zeljko Glamocanin and the various folk dance groups form Sydney and Wollongong. 
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Yes or NO? 
What next?
As of next week, Australians will begin receiving ballot papers inviting them to cast a vote on the possible redefinition of marriage.  This vote is about much more than simply legalising same sex marriage. Please stop to consider what will follow if the definition of marriage is changed. 
Let us preserve our children’s innocence!
In the last couple of years we have seen some very harmful programmes being introduced into our schools. Under the guise of inclusiveness, diversity and anti-bullying, our children are being exposed to radical sex education programmes such as “Safe Schools”. In countries where same sex marriage is legalised, programmes such as these have become mandatory for children as young as 5 years old. And parents have no say in the matter. Christians are called to vote NO to same sex marriage to preserve our children’s innocence!
Let us preserve freedom of belief!
If marriage is redefined, anybody expressing a traditional view of marriage, sexuality or gender will find themselves on the other side of the law. All Christians believe that God created us - male and female, and so do most non-religious Australians for that matter. Christians are called to vote Vote NO to preserve freedom of belief!
Let us preserve freedom of speech!
Freedom of speech is a fundamental democratic right. In Australia, the law states that marriage is the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others. In countries were homosexual marriage is legal, verbalising a position upholding traditional marriage is deemed offensive, discriminatory and punishable by law.  Christians are called to vote NO to preserve freedom of speech!
As imperfect, sinful and undeserving of God’s grace as we are, let us earnestly ask the Lord for His mercy and guidance through these difficult times. Let us be mindful always of our own sinfulness, let us not be quick to judge, let us remember that Christ died and rose again for His entire creation – for us and for those who reject His divine order. May his mercy be upon us all, now and forever and to the ages of ages - AMEN
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