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November 9/22, 2017

Thanksgiving Day 2017

“Without thanksgiving to God there can be no progress in the spiritual life. Ceaseless thanksgiving to God is noble seed from which, if it is watered by the tears of unceasing repentance, a beautiful fruit grows— love for God.” - Saint Nicholai [Velimirovic], Prologue of Ohrid

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Executive Boards and Members of the Church-School Congregations of the Serbian Orthodox Communities in North and South America, the Circles of Serbian Sisters of our Parishes and Dioceses, the beloved Children and Youth and the entire Serbian Orthodox Family in North and South America: Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The American feast of Thanksgiving is an opportunity which beautifully invites us to once more focus our attention on the many blessings God has given to us. As we celebrate this day, let us give thanks to God for his great love for us and for the joy of our salvation in Christ. Let us also give thanks for our families, friends and for our Church communities, which each enhance our experience of life, as together we journey to the great Thanksgiving banquet of His Kingdom. We as your Archpastors, are thankful for your commitment to Church, which includes your faithful presence, prayers and support.

Gratitude is foremost in our liturgical experience and faith which guide us to offer thanksgiving all the time, to live in thanksgiving in all of the circumstances and challenges of life. By singing hymns of praise and thanksgiving, we honor God who gives us “every good and perfect gift.” [James 1:17] When we celebrate and receive the Sacrament of Thanksgiving, the Holy Eucharist, we are united with Christ and one another, so that the beautiful fruit of love for God may grow in us and inspire us to extend His love to others. Therefore, let us this Thanksgiving also remember those who are in need, and extend to them the love of God.

As we will soon begin the Nativity Fast, We ask God to bless you abundantly, and pray that with thanksgiving, all of us may progress in the spiritual life during these coming days of preparation and expectation for the feast of Christmas.

With paternal love in Christ,

Bishop of New Gracanica-Midwestern America

AMFILOHIJE, Archbishop of Centije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral,
Locum Tenens of South and Central America
MITROPHAN, Bishop of Canada
MAXIM, Bishop of Western America
IRINEJ, Bishop of Eastern America
KIRILO, Bishop of Dioclea, Vicar Bishop in South and Central America

2017 Pan Orthodox Pan Orthodox Retreat
Friday, November 17, 2017

The Annual Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat was organized this year by the St. Sebatian Orthodox Press, a Ministry of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, with the blessings of the Hierarchs of the California Orthodox jurisdictions of California: Metropolitan Gerasimos (Greek), Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian), Archbishop Kyrill (ROCOR), Bishop Maxim (Serbian), and Archbishop Benjamin (OCA) and was held on November 9 & 10, 2017 at the Mercy Center in Burlingame, California. Continue

100th Anniversary Celebration
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

On November 4th and 5th, there was a 2-day celebration to commemorate the oldest Serbian Orthodox Church in eastern Canada. On Saturday morning a large number of parishioners attended a memorial service in the church. At this service, they prayed for their departed family members as well as for the souls of the departed parishioners and women in the “kolo sestara.”

Then, a group of parishioners visited the site where the first church was built and consecrated in 1917.  Multiple generations were represented in this crowd; teenagers to a 97-year-old parishioner.  For some, it was a history lesson and for others, it was a time to reminisce about days gone by.  They were able to enter the building which was originally built as the Serbian Community Centre.  It was remarkable to see that some aspects of the hall remained intact.  Parishioners shared stories and memories and it was a wonderful trip down memory lane. Continue

Church Slava Celebration in Nashville
Thursday, November 9, 2017

The celebration of the church feast of the Venerable Mother Paraskeva in Nashville began solemnly on the eve of the feast with the Vigil, followed the next day with the Divine Liturgy, served by Fr. Aleksandar Vujkovic, the parish priest, Fr. Gregory Hohnholt from the local Greek Church and Fr. Christopher Stanton from the local OCA parish, and long time priest at St. Innocent's Church in Alaska. An agape meal was served in the church hall for clergy and the faithful following liturgy. Parishioners awaited the arrival of His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America that evening. Continue

30 Years of the Serbian Church in Waterloo
Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Serbian Orthodox community of the St. George the Great Martyr in Waterloo solemnly celebrted the thirtieth anniversary of the consecration of their church.

For thirty years this church has faithfully fulfilled its spiritual and patriotic mission. Serving God and the faithful in this region where many Serbs live, most of whom have settled here after the most recent expulsion and persecution of our people. This anniversary was festively commemorated on October 28, 2017.

Attending the festivities were Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, Republika Srpska Consul Spasoje Petkovic and many other well known and respected individuals from the cultural, public and patriotic circles of the Serbs in this part of Canada. Continue

Orthodox Christian Studies Center Lecture
Thursday, November 9, 2017

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus in New York City, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center sponsored a panel discussion on “Trump, Putin, and Traditional Values”, featuring Mark Movsesian (moderator), St. John's University Law School; Shaun Casey, Georgetown University, former head of Religion and Global Affairs Office of US State Department; Nikolas Gvosdev, United States Naval Academy; Kristina Stoeckl, University of Innsbruck; and Peter Wehner, Ethics and Public Policy Center, former White House staff under Presidents Reagan, Bush Sr., and Bush Jr.

Celebrating Fr. George's 50th Anniversary
Thursday, November 9, 2017

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on Saturday, October 14th, on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, clergy and faithful gathered at St. Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church to honor the Very Rev. Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Fr. Djordje Mileusinic on the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the Holy Priesthood.

The day began with the celebration of the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Priests from throughout the Cleveland Deanery of the Eastern-American Diocese, along with local guest clergy, gathered around His Grace Bishop Irinej in festal celebration. The service’s beauty was magnified by the prayers of the many faithful that traveled to celebrate the feast with joy, and by the presence of the Kosovo Men’s Choir who sang the responses magnificently. Continue

4th International Conference on Pastoral Health Care
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Од 11-15. октобра о.г. одржана је Четврта међународна конференција о пастирској нези као делу здравствене заштите. Тема конференције је била Распламсавање наде: Проналажење наде у тешкоћама живота. Конференцију је организовала Мрежа Васељенске патријаршије за пастриску негу у здравству, којом руководи протојереј др Ставрос Куфинас. Главни председавајући и домаћин скупа био је Његово Високопреосвештенство Митрополит Родоса г. Кирил. Continue

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