THIRD PANORTHODOX GATHERING HELD IN WELLINGTON
The third Pan-orthodox Assembly was held on Saturday, August 22, this time in the St. Sava Church in Wellington. The Divine Liturgy was served by Fr. Nikolai Floroiou from the Romanian Orthodox Church, Fr. Predrag Grubački, parish priest of St. Sava Church, and Deacon Andronicus Erasmus from the Ecumenical Patriarchate – the Metropolitanate of New Zealand and all of Oceania. The choir was the fraternity of the Holy Archangel Monastery in Levin, supported by the people present. The Holy Liturgy was followed by a lecture on the topic: The Seal of the Gift of the Holy Spirit – the Holy Mystery of the Anointing. The introductory lecture was given by the abbot of the monastery, Archimandrite Meletije (Pantić), continued by constructive conversation on the topic developed. Participants had the opportunity, as in previous meetings, to ask questions about this topic as well as about any doubts related to our faith. The lecture was briefly interrupted by the arrival of His Eminence Mr. Miron who came to bless the gathering. The gathering ended with the Table of Love – Agape. The date and place of the next Pan-orthodox Assembly will be announced later.
We are parish founded 50 years ago and our church is the oldest Serbian Orthodox Church in New Zealand.
SECOND PANORTHODOX GATHERING HELD IN WELLINGTON
The feastday of St Euphemia the Great’s wonderous miracle of faith at the fourth Ecumenical Council in the year 451 was celebrated with much joy with a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Church of St Andrew’s in Wellington on Saturday 11 July. This was led by Metropolitan Myron with assistance from Fathers Meletios, Amphilochios and George from the Greek Church and Father Predrag from the Serbian Church. Many faithful Orthodox Christians of different ethnicities were in attendance – Greek, Serbian, Romanian, Russian, New Zealanders and others – but all brought together under the banner of Orthodoxy. Glory to God!
This day also marked the two year anniversary of Metropolitan Myron’s ordination to the episcopal rank and we wish him many years as shepherd of his flock!
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