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Bright Tuesday at Sretenje Monastery in Escondido
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Escondido, CA - On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the small chapel located in the beautiful hills of the Sretenje Monastery in Escondido, His Grace Bishop Maxim and Clergy from the Southern California area celebrated the Divine Liturgy of Bright Tuesday, together with visiting seminarians from the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois and the faithful from the nearby parishes.

At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy a festive picnic-style luncheon was held outside under cover of the magnificent monastery trees. Parishioners from the neighboring parishes prepared a delicious lamb meal and provided refreshements for all who joined in the Bright Tuesday celebration. 

As the children played and ran about the Monastery grounds, His Grace Bishop Maxim, the clergy, the seminarians, and the faithful enjoyed a beautiful relaxing afternoon of fellowship

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Patriarchal Paschal Encyclical
Friday, April 10, 2015

THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
TO HER SPIRITUAL CHILDREN
AT PASCHA, 2015

I R I N E J

BY THE GRACE OF GOD ORTHODOX ARCHBISHOP OF PEC, METROPOLITAN OF BELGRADE-KARLOVCI AND SERBIAN PATRIARCH, WITH ALL THE HIERARCHS OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH - TO ALL THE CLERGY, MONASTICSS, AND ALL THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF OUR HOLY CHURCH: GRACE, MERCY AND PEACE FROM GOD THE FATHER, AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST,  AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, WITH THE JOYOUS PASCHAL GREETING:

CHRIST IS RISEN! INDEED HE IS RISEN!

 

“Though Thou didst descend into the grave, O Immortal One,
yet didst Thou destroy the power of Hades, and didst arise as victor,
O Christ God, calling to the myrrh-bearing women, rejoice,
and giving peace unto Thine Apostles, O Thou Who dost grant resurrection to the fallen.”

(Paschal Kontakion)

This song of immortality, our dear spiritual children, we sing ceaselessly during these days of our celebration of Christ’s Resurrection, which occurred, as the ancient seers of God's mysteries witnessed, on the same day of the week on which God created in the beginning - out of nothing - heaven and earth.

On that same day, according to those same mystery-perceivers, the Lord delivered His chosen people from Egyptian slavery; hence, we call it Pascha – that is, the passing-over from slavery into freedom in the Lord through the Red Sea.

The fullness of God’s presence in His creation is particularly revealed in the mystery of Christ’s Resurrection, this holy day in which we sing to Him the song: In the tomb with the body, in hell with the soul as God, in paradise with the thief and on the throne with the Father and the Spirit, wast Thou, O boundless Christ, filling all things.

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Bishop Maxim Celebrates His Krsna Slava
Sunday, April 5, 215

Alhambra, CA - His Grace Bishop Maxim and his parents, Proto Lazar and Protinica Radmila Vasiljevic, celebrated their Krsna Slava, on Lazarus Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California. His Grace, Bishop Maxim officiated at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with the clergy from Saint Steven's Cathedral and surrounding parishes, and many Orthodox faithful from around the Diocese. Following the Divine Liturgy, the festal Slava service was held in the main hall and was followed by a delicious luncheon prepared by the Diocesan Kolo Sprkih Sestara,

A very joyous and Sretna Slava to His Grace Bishop Maxim and his parents Proto Lazar and Protinica Radmila. Eis polla eti despota!




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