November 20, 2016
Sydney, Australia: Clergy, Faithful in Australia & New Zealand
celebrate 20th Anniversary of Metropolitan Hilarion’s Diocesan
the evening of Wednesday, November 16, until the afternoon of
Saturday, November 19, a great many of the clergy and faithful of
Australian & New Zealand Diocese gathered in Sydney for the 18th
Diocesan Assembly and the celebration of the twentieth anniversary
of Metropolitan Hilarion’s service as ruling bishop.
On Thursday, November 16, the clergy assembled in Holy Protection
in Cabramatta, for the
solemn greeting of Metropolitan Hilarion. Joining His Eminence were
His Grace George, Bishop of Canberra, and the newly-appointed Ruling
Bishop of the Serbian Archdiocese of Australia & New Zealand, His
Grace Siluan (Mrakic).
Twenty-six priests and seventeen deacons of the Diocese
concelebrated at Divine Liturgy.
A choir sang under the direction of Eustratius Papageorgiou.
Hilarion was presented with a special gold-encased Diocesan Cross,
the citation for which was signed by Bishop George and all the
clergy of the Diocese.
Following lunch, the 18th Diocesan Assembly commenced. Metropolitan
Hilarion delivered the opening address, in which he summarized the
life of the Diocese over the past three years.
That evening, more than 300 people gathered at the Renaissance
Centre in Lidcombe for a festive banquet in honor of Metropolitan
Hilarion’s twenty years of service as Ruling Bishop of the Diocese.
Distinguished guests included His Eminence Paul (Saliba),
Metropolitan of the Antiochian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand
& the Philippines; His Grace George, Bishop of Canberra; Ambassador
of the Russian Federation in Australia Gregory Logvinov, and Consul
General Serge Shipilov.
the beginning of the banquet,
anthems of Australia and Russia were performed, with
the Australian national anthem
sung by the Hierarchal Choir.
In his speech, the Russian ambassador pointed at Metropolitan
Hilarion’s prominent role in the process of unification of the
Russian Church Abroad with the Moscow Patriarchate in 2007. His
Paul, head of the Antiochian Church in Australia, and by Bishop
George of Canberra, who had known Metropolitan Hilarion since his
youth and service in Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY. One
of the most influential politicians of recent decades who served in
the Australian Parliament for 43 years, Philip Ruddock, also
congratulated His Eminence.
The Diocesan Choir under direction of Andrei Laptev sang Orthodox
chants and popular Russian songs, among them one of Metropolitan
Hilarion’s favorites, "Farewell to the Favorite City," composed by
V. Soloviev-Sedoi in 1941.
Many guests congratulated their Ruling Bishop in person from the
bottom of their heart, and Metropolitan Hilarion spoke to all those
present about his life and service in the Diocese.
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