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100th Anniversary in Lebanon, PA
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lebanon, PA - With the blessing of His Grace our Bishop Irinej of the Eastern Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, our Parish celebrated its 100th Anniversary starting from Friday, October 7th through Sunday, October 9th this 2016th Year of our Lord. On Friday, His Grace Bishop Irinej, after the Vesper service, was greeted with bread and salt by the youngest members of our parish, dressed in traditional Serbian costume. His Grace then served the Parastos (Memorial Service) for the departed members of this Parish and later blessed the food in the Church Hall prepared for all who came to participate in this event. Concelebrating with His Grace were Presbyter Borjan Vitanov parish priest, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Aleksandar Vlajkovic of Boston, Dean of the Washington Deanery, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Stevan Rocknage of McKeesport, who offered a homily for the edification of the faithful, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Michael Slovesko of the Carpatho-Russian Eparchy and long-time celebrant in Lebanon, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Michael Varvarelis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Protopresbyter-stavrophor Stephen Vernak of the Orthodox Church in America, Protopresbyter Milorad Orlic of Philadeplphia, and Presbyter Christopher Rocknage of Steelton. Continue

Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Andricgrad
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Not far from the bridge on the green Drina, at the  Church of the Holy  Prince Lazar in Andricgrad (or Kamengrad in Visegrad) His Grace Maxim, Bishop of the Western American Diocese celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 16, 2016 on the feast of St. Dionysius the Areopagite.

Concelebrating with His Grace were clergy from the Diocese of Dabrobosna from the Visegrad, Foca and Rogatica region. The faithful from Visegrad attended the prayerful gathering.  Continue


Homily of Patriarch Irinej at St. Paul's Cathedral
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Sermon preached for the 100th anniversary of St. Vitus’ Day celebration at St. Paul’s Cathedral (Marking British–Serbian friendship and alliance in the Great War) on Friday 14 October 2016 by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Sir Irinej.

Most Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Right Reverend Lord Bishops, reverend fathers and venerable servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, your excellencies, highly esteemed and very dear brothers and sisters, Friends! In the name of trice Holy God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, let me offer our traditional greeting: Christ is in our midst!

One hundred years ago from this sacred place a young Serbian hieromonk, taken by awe, stated that this cathedral’s magnificence, surely, must be the pride of England and of all Christendom. “I have seen that it has been built from granite and marble”, he remarked, “that the waves of the hundreds of seas and oceans rinsed them to the shore […] that this temple is accounted for the one of the architectural wonders of the world for a reason”. Those were the words of Nikolaj Velimirović, later bishop of Ohrid and Žiča, recently sainted by the Serbian Orthodox Church. Continue


2017 Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute Speaker and Theme Announced
Monday, October 17, 2016

The 2017 Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute will be held February 13-16, 2017 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego. Fr. Vasileios Thermos will be the presenter. The title and theme of the institue will be: Psychology in the service of God. Continue

A Blessed Day at New Gracanica Monastery
Saturday, October 15, 2016

Grayslake, IL - In the history of the monastery there have never been more priests inside its Altar than today.  Three bishops led the praise of our God - one Bishop born in America, one born in Serbia and one born and raised in Africa.  The church was packed and the fellowship hall was full. Many people commented how the feeling of Pentecost (coming down of the Holy Spirit) was obvious.

Two ordinations and one elevation during the liturgy truly added to the experience of this divine service. The combination of the Monastery choir and the seminary students chanting was delightful. The Serbian hospitality and the delicious food following the liturgy was usual, but we all know what usual means. Continue

Bishop Irinej Serves His First Liturgy in New York
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

New York, NY - His Grace the newly-enthroned Bishop of the Eastern American Diocese Irinej served the Divine Liturgy in New York City on Sunday, October 2, 2016, in Madison Square Park, located close to St. Sava Cathedral. Serving with Bishop Irinej was His Eminence Metropolitan Georgios of Guinea and Western Africa, along with clergy: Protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary; Protopresbyter-stavrophor Aleksandar Vlajkovic, Dean of the Washington Deanery and parish priest in Boston; Protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, Dean of St. Sava Cathedral in New York City;  Protopresbyter-stavrophor Ivan Marjanovic, parish priest in Portland, Maine; Protopresbyter -stavrophor Dr. Alexander Rentel, Professor of Canon Law at St. Vladimir's Seminary; Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, parish priest in Paterson, New Jersey; Protopresbyter Zoran Radovic, parish priest of St. George Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey; Protopresbyter Vladislav Radujkovic, parish priest in New York City; Presbyter Sasa Nedic, parish priest of Holy Ascension Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey; Presbyter Christopher Rocknage, parish priest in Steelton, Pennsylvania; Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak, Protodeacon Vadim Gan, Deacon Dr. Jovan Anicic, and Deacon Larry Soper. Responses were sung by the Cathedral choir directed by Dr. Milos Raickovic. Continue

Enthronement of Bishop Irinej of Eastern America
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Consecration of St. John the Baptist Church in Colorado
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Denver, CO - Culminating years of effort and perseverance by Colorado’s Serbian community—and more than a century after Serbs first settled along Colorado’s Front Range—St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Lakewood celebrated its much-awaited Great Consecration on Sept. 10, 2016.

In a rite of Consecration and Divine Liturgy led by His Grace Bishop Dr. Maxim of the Western American Diocese and His Grace Bishop Longin of the Midwestern American Diocese, St. John the Baptist community was officially recognized as the first Serbian Orthodox Church ever to serve Colorado. Continue

Assembly to Convene 7th Annual Meeting in Detroit
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Detroit, MI - The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its Seventh Annual Meeting from October 4-6, 2016 in Detroit, MI. This year’s meeting will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary in Livonia, MI on Tuesday, October 4th.

The Hierarchs will focus their work on the central mandates of the Assembly, namely, the need to identify ways to resolve canonical, administrative, and organizational concerns, and the need to enhance a common and united witness of the Orthodox Church in the United States of America. Continue


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