Serbian Flood Relief Effort in Australia

Dear SOYA Members & Friends,

Due to the death and great suffering inflicted upon the people of Serbia and Bosnia from floods not recalled in living memory, the Serbian government has announced 3 days of mourning, that is the 21st , 22nd, and 23rd of May.

Поводом смрти и великог страдања нанесено грађанима Србије, последица не памћених поплава, Влада Србије је прогласила тродневну жалост, т.ј. 21, 22 и 23 маја.

SOYA will be changing to the Black SOYA logo for the time being as a sign of mourning & solidarity for those in our motherland. We ask our community, our friends, and all whom read this to please send through a donation for our disaster relief fund, that will be sent to the people in need.

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Moleban to be held at 6.00pm Sunday 25th May 2014 at St Luke the Apostle Mission, Serbian Orthodox Church, 75 Flowerdale Rd Liverpool, before the usual SOYA religious forum at 6.30pm. For more information on the Moleban, please click here.

Kind regards,
Angela Ostojic
SOYA NSW Co-ordinator


Easter in Canberra

He completed a post Sedmonedeljni Easter, and with it the most joyous celebration of yet another Christian holiday-Easter.

Last, she became passionately Sunday symbolising the suffering of Jesus Christ and love towards mankind, and that ends the weekly joy and warm greeting: "Christ is risen!"

This year, the Serbs of Canberra had been enjoyed by the traditional Easter holidays, faithfully, as it does. A terrible week was filled with religious services almost every day, even twice a day. Of course, the midnight service on Saturday, that is, Sunday morning was the most joyful. The temple was decorated with flowers, a beautiful scene you have contributed and painted, decorated Easter eggs.

In the monastery of St. Sava, the usual midnight, Easter service's connected the morning, Sunday Liturgy and Worship finished about three o'clock in the morning after reading the letter of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle.

Although many adults and even hard to resist sleep in the wee hours, those present in the church and was a little boy whose peers have long dreamed of. I beat him sleep for a while, but his mother woke up in time to, along with her, receives Communion last year's Vaskršnjeg post. Communion, the multitude of believers whose joy was evident. Sacrament which will serve them for the forgiveness of sins, the award is for the spiritual and physical sacrifice in recent weeks.

In the monastery, which is distant from populated regions capital of Australia, fell asleep at this time but the nature they could hear the joyful voices of the Orthodox Serbs who were kissing three times and shouted: "Christ is risen! Truly Risen!"

This early Easter morning was really cold, and those who still resisted sleep and after the liturgy, enjoyed hot brandy, prepared by the hardworking nurses, in a cosy room in a beautiful and tranquil monastery property. The table was spread for the smell of smoked meat products, cheese pies, hot brandy, coffee and cakes. Many rejoiced at the table and especially those who have learned to appreciate this food, renouncing the fatty types of products in the long period of time. Only around half past four in the morning, the rooms are empty and people are sent home to rest, to rest of the day spent in the company of their relatives and loved ones.

Some have spent Easter evening and their homes, some extended family members visited, exchanged gifts and eggs, while a dozen young Serbs sent to the St. Sava Serbian club for about four hours in the afternoon, prepared to make Easter fun.

This year the party was not organised as in previous years, as people from the community used to. It was not until the early weeks of passionate, young people learned that the church-school community of Canberra was not able to organise a party, and the youth turned to the new administration in the Serbian-Australian Club St. Sava.

Within four days, organised and fun kitchen with Serbian specialities from the grill. The hall was beautifully decorated, often played the stakes by raising the best choice for guests on their feet, and the music was otherwise excellent.

The guests, after dinner, served coffee and cakes. Some hundred and fifty people attended the party which was organised successfully, especially considering the short period of time that the youth had at their disposal.

Thanks to all guests and assistants, and all praise for the young people who contributed to the realisation of this much fun!
Christ has Risen! Truly Risen!

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