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Thursday, May 26, 2016

The regular meeting of the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church began at the Patriarchate of Pec monastery with the joint serving of the holy hierarchical Divine Liturgy and the invocation of the Holy Spirit and continued in Prizren with the rite of consecration of the renovated Prizren Seminary. Afterward, all regular meetings, under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, were held in Belgrade. Participating in the Assembly were all diocesan hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the exception of Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac who, out of justifiable reasons, was not able to attend.

The most important theme of this year’s Assembly was preparation of the Serbian Orthodox Church to take part in the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to meet this June in Crete. Regarding this forthcoming pan Orthodox Council, the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, adopted a document expressing their principle position on all major issues to be discussed and decided upon at the Great Council. Continue


Serbian Patriarch Responses to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Thursday, May 26, 2016

It is with gratitude that We received Your kind letter by which You express the sympathies of the Most Holy Ecumenical Patriarchate after fire that swept through the Saint Sava Church in New York on the very day when our Holy Church was celebrating the Feast of feasts – the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The faithful of this Parish, the Orthodox faithful in New York and the entire Serbian Orthodox Church, find, in Your concern and Your love, consolation upon the tragedy that has befallen this church with historical significance in the New World. Continue

Holy Resurrection Cathedral Announces Pilgrimage
Monday, May 16, 2016

Patriarch Bartholomew Sends Letter of Support to Serbian Patriarch
Tuesday, May 10, 2016


His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressed a letter of support to His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and the Serbian Orthodox Church for the fire which engulfed the St. Sava Church in New York. With expressions of fraternal compassion, Patriarch Bartholomew noted that it is "an historical church in the United States of America in which the honorable Serbian and Orthodox Christians in the New World have continually glorified the One True God of our fathers".

At the same time, His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, on behalf of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, expressed his hope and conveyed his prayerful wishes that this magnificent church quickly be rebuilt and that in the future it continue to gather the faithful and honorable people in even greater numbers in glory of the Triune God.

INTERVIEW: Bishop Maxim, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Western America
Saturday, May 7, 2016

Question: Why is a Pan-Orthodox Council being called at this time, after so long, and what thematics will the Orthodox Churches convey to the world?

Answer: The historical fate of all Orthodox Churches without exception over the prior centuries has at times repressed a conciliar practice of broader proportions. Thus, the upcoming „Holy and Great Council“ has immeasurable significance for the renewing of the conciliarity and canonical self-consciousness in our Church. Conciliarity (or synodality) is not an epithet of the Church. In its very being and existence it is „synodos“, or assembly. In addition, one should not overlook the charismatic character of an Ecumenical council, which is more of an extraordinary ad hoc event, rather than an institutionalized reality. In this „world“, in which divisive powers rule, the Church through the Council calls for a unified attempt of a dynamic preservation of the ontological unity and communal witnessing of love. Continue

Press Release: St. Sava Cathedral in NYC Destroyed by Fire
Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York City, an architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a New York City landmark, was tragically destroyed by a fire on Sunday, May 1, 2016, on Easter, the holiest day for Eastern Orthodox Christians. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Designed by noted architect Richard Upjohn and begun in 1842, the church was consecrated in 1855 as Trinity Chapel until it was sold to the Serbian community in 1943. Celebrated author Edith Wharton was married in this church, and Nikola Tesla, world-renowned scientist and inventor, was memorialized with a bronze bust, which miraculously sustained no damage. To date, the Orthodox community has spent over $4.5 million dollars to restore and improve the complex, which had continued to serve the needs of its parishioners and community through war and peace, tragedy and joy. Continue

Archbishop Demetrios Visits Fire Ravaged Cathedral
Thursday, May 5, 2016

NEW YORK – As an expression of the support and concern of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America visited yesterday afternoon the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in lower Manhattan, which was destroyed by a catastrophic fire on the evening of Pascha Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Archbishop Demetrios, moved by the view of the total destruction stated: “We stand in front of the historic Saint Sava Cathedral of the Serbian Orthodox Church in New York that sustained an unprecedented destruction by fire. It's a pity really because it was a church with a long history and such structures cannot be easily rebuilt. We are here with the dean of this Cathedral and other priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It is clear that they are willing and determined to rebuild the church, which was destroyed, so that this congregation that has been worshiping God in this church for many decades, will have their Cathedral again. We, as Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, stand by them and will make available to them any of our neighboring churches to use for their liturgical needs, while they face this emergency situation.” Continue

Metropolitan Hilarion Offers Condolences to Bishop Mitrophan
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, sent condolences to His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the the tragic fire which destroyed St Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in New York. Continue

Metropolitan Joseph Offers Prayers After Tragic Fire
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, along with the bishops, clergy, Archdiocese Board of Trustees, and faithful of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, share our prayers and love with His Grace Bishop Mitrophan and all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Archdiocese as they deal with the tragedy of the fire that destroyed St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City. Continue

Metropolitan Tikhon Offers Prayers After Fire
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

On Bright Monday, May 2, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, sent a letter to His Grace, Serbian Orthodox Bishop Mitrophan, offering prayers and concern in the wake of a four-alarm fire that engulfed Saint Sava Orthodox Cathedral near West 25th Street and Broadway in New York City.

According to media reports, the blaze started at 6:50 p.m. on Pascha—May 1.  Heavy flames burst through the roof and shot out of the large rose window on the façade of the cathedral, which was designated as a New York City landmark in 1968.  Originally known as Trinity Chapel, the Gothic Revival edifice was designed in 1850 by noted architect Richard M. Upjohn.  The Serbian Orthodox Church purchased the church from the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1943. Continue

Archdiocese Expresses Sympathy and Concern Upon Fire Destrucion of St. Sava Cathedral
Monday, May 2, 2016

NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses deep sorrow, concern and sympathy to our Serbian Orthodox brethren for the massive fire that destroyed yesterday evening the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Sava in lower Manhattan.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America responding to the sad news of the catastrophic fire stated: “We stand together with our Serbian Orthodox brothers and sisters, who are saddened by this loss of their beloved cathedral, on the day of our Lord’s Resurrection. We pray to the Risen Christ that the hope of His resurrection sustains them and strengthens them in the face of such adversity.”

Diocesan Sabor 2016 New Gracanica and Midwestern Diocese
Monday, May 2, 2016

New Gracanica, IL - One of the best gatherings we have had, took place at the end of the fifth week of Great Lent, with the blessing of his Grace Bishop Longin. It all started with a pre-sanctified liturgy on Friday morning and a clergy brotherhood meeting, lecture and discussion.

At 4PM the vigil was served, during which the clergy took confession. The faithful and honorable members of each of our churches started gathering at the service, continuing on to registration for the upcoming meetings. Continue

St. Sava Church in New York up in flames
Monday, May 2, 2016

[NEW YORK POST] Parishioners watched in horror as a massive 4-alarm fire engulfed a Serbian Orthodox church in Manhattan on Sunday — hours after hundreds celebrated Easter services, authorities said.

“For this to happen on such a holy day, I don’t know what to say,” said Alex Velic, a 31-year-old churchgoer, as enormous fireballs erupted from the shattered windows of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street. Continue

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