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Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops
Friday, May 26, 2017

The public communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from their regular meeting held at the Patriarchate of Pec monastery and Belgrade May 14-24, 2017

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 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej. Participating in the Assembly were all diocesan hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the exception of Bishop Lukijan of Osijek and Baranja, who for health reasons was unable to attend.Continue

Opening of the Relics of St. Mardarije of America and Canada
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, the relics of St. Mardarije, which have laid in the Church of St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, since his internment in December 1935, were uncovered. The opening revealed St. Mardarije’s holy relics to be incorrupt.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, His Grace Bishop Longin served Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery with Sindjel Serafim (Milojkovic), Priest Nikolaj Kostur and Hierodeacon Nektarije (Tesanovic), in preparation for uncovering the relics. Following the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Longin and the other clergy served a Moleban with the Akathist written to St. Mardarije. Upon completion, the crew organized to remove the tombstone and flooring in order to exhume the relics arrived, under the guidance of Mr. Dusan Djordjevic of Sveta Gora Funeral Home in Chicago. After removal of the stone, it was revealed that the casket of St. Mardarije was in a cement vault. This caused the opening to be delayed one additional day in order to organize a team to open the vault. Continue

 

Romanian Delegation Visits Serbian Cathedral in Chicago
Friday, May 5, 2017

A high-level delegation of the Romanian Orthodox Church, which arrived in Chicago to participate in the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America last Sunday, visited today Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and Saint Sava Academy. Continue

Ordination of Joseph Wesseler to the Diaconate
Monday, April 24, 2017

On Great and Holy Thursday, during the Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil, Joseph Robert Wesseler was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY.

The newly-ordained Deacon Joseph is a third-year seminarian hailing from the Diocese of Western America with his home parish being St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA. He is expected to graduate with a Masters of Divinity in May. Continue

 

Rebecca MacDonald Awarded By President Dodik
Friday, April 22, 2017

President of Republika Srpska, Milorad Dodik, awarded the respected businesswoman and humanitarian from Canada, Rebecca MacDonald, on April 18, 2017 in Banja Luka. 

The president awarded her with the order of honor with golden rays in recognizing her public work and results, her humanitarian contribution and help for the Serbian people and the Serbian Orthodox Church in renovation, as well as her contribution to the development of bilateral relations between the Canadian people and the citizens of Republika Srpska. Continue

Paschal Celebrations at Milton Monastery
Friday, April 22, 2017

On Great and Holy Friday the Royal Hours were served at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, along with Vespers and Lamentations which speak of the crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the evening many people approached the Plastanica to venerate it. His Grace addressed the faithful, speaking of the Lord's sacrifice for our salvation. Continue

Deanery Priests Meet During Bright Week
Friday, April 22, 2017

With the Blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on April 17, 2017, priests from the Cleveland Deanery gathered at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio to joyfully concelebrate the Paschal Divine Liturgy of Bright Monday.  This event was the culmination of the fellowship established during the period of Great Lent, where priests gathered many times throughout the week as part of their Lenten growth and discipline.  Continue

Holy Unction at New Marcha Monastery
Friday, April 21, 2017

The clergy and faithful of the Cleveland Deanery traveled to Monastery New Marcha – Archangel Gabriel on Holy Wednesday evening for the service of Holy Unction. This is the second year this Holy Mystery has been celebrated by the deanery clergy. Continue

Paschal Celebrations Around the Eastern Diocese
Friday, April 21, 2017

Click here or on the image above for a photo-report of Paschal celebrations throughout the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America.

THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
TO HER SPIRITUAL CHILDREN
AT PASCHA, 2017

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!

 “Christ is risen from the dead,
trampling down death by death,
and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.”
(Paschal troparion)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Resurrection of our Lord is the greatest Christian feast day. It is the feast day of faith, life and of every blessing from God. Our entire faith is in the Resurrection and the Resurrection is in our faith. The Holy Apostle Paul, the teacher of the nations, whom we unreservedly can call the greatest preacher of the Resurrection of Christ and our own, clearly said: “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (I Corinthians 15:20) Faith in the Resurrection of Christ is the essence of the apostolic preaching and teaching, the foundation of the Church and of her services and theology. ENGLISH СРПСКИ

A New Monk at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

On the Eve of the Annunciation 2017 the first Serbian Monastery on the American continent received a new monastic.

Ratko Tesanovic, third year student at the St. Sava School of Theology, received the Holy Mystery of the monastic tonsure by the hand of His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwest America. With this his long time desire was fulfilled of dedicating his entire life entirely  to God through the monastic service. "This is a great event, a true joy and truly a Glad tidings for both this Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwest America and this monastery," said Bishop Longin. Continue

Announcing Pilrimage to Russia
Friday, January 27, 2017




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