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St. Sava Jackson Celebrates Feast of St. Sebastian
Friday, December 2, 2016

On November 26th and 27th, the faithful of St. Sava Jackson gathered to commemorate the founders of the parish and the Feast of St. Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco.   

The two-day event began with Great Vespers on Saturday evening.  At the invitation of His Grace Bishop 
Maxim, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin (OCA, San Francisco) attended the service which was led by Fr. Stephen Tumbas.  Following vespers, the clergy with their wives and the bishops dined at the National Hotel.Continue

St. Stephan and Thanksgiving in Cleveland
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Parma, OH - On Thursday, 24 November 2016, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America celebrated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. 

A substantial gathering of worshippers came to liturgically honor the memory of St. Stephen of Dechani and to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, beginning with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Continue

Church Slava Celebrated in Vancouver
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our Serbian people love prayerful gatherings, at Slavas. During our difficult and painful history it was oftentimes our slavas that were the thread which brought the souls of our ancestors together with God. And we love especially the gatherings when our churches celebrate their Heavenly intercesors.

This year, as in the previous seventy ones, the pious faithful of metro Vancouver assembled prayerfully together in their church. This year's celebration was on side more solemn since it was the first time our newly elected Bishop Mitrophan of Canada visited us.Continue


The Christmas Fast Begins Today
Monday, November 28, 2016

What Holy Communion means to the spiritual life of a Christian is described in the words of our Lord: "I am the living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever... unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed."

With deep faith in these words of the Lord, the early Christians anxiously approached Holy Communion, not because of some requirement, but from an immediate awareness that there was no spiritual life without Him. Just as one is not ordered to breathe, but spontaneously knows that without air he would suffocate and die. The early Christians attended all the Sunday and Holiday liturgies and at the Deacon's invitation - with the fear of God and with faith, draw near, all the faithful lined up and received Holy Communion. They were convinced that they were attaining the deepest mystery of our faith and the holiest gift of God's mercy. They tried to approach the all-holy and most pure God in Holy Communion with purity of heart and soul. Continue

Church Slava in Columbus, Ohio
Monday, November 28, 2016

Columbus, OH - On Sunday November 20, 2016 Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus Ohio celebrated its Church Sava – St. Stefan of Decani. His Grace Bishop Irinej was greeted and welcomed by the clergy and children carrying flowers as He arrived in front of the Church. The parish priest Fr. Isak and deacon Zeljko Jurisic along with many Altar Servers assisted His Grace serving the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. During the Divine Liturgy His Grace delivered a very inspiring homily. His homily was based on our Lord’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man. His Grace said that God is like light and fire. He is like the light that illuminates all darkness from our lives and the fire that gives us warmth of the Fathers home. God is Love and He loves all man and will embrace all of us regardless if we are sinners or not. The difference is that those that their whole life wanted to live without God will feel that embrace as punishment. So, that light instead of the illumination will blind them and the fire instead of warmth will burn them. God does not condemn anyone to hell; every day of our life we make that choice whether we want to be with God or not. Continue

Bishop Irinej Visits St. Nicholas Parish
Monday, November 28, 2016

Monroeville, PA - On Sunday November 13, 2016 anticipation and excitement for the arrival of His Grace Bishop Irinej filled the air for weeks.

Finally, the day arrived and what happened next will live in the memory of all especially the children who had prepared to greet him.  Instead, he greeted them! As he entered the west doors of the church the children were waiting. Stepping into the door he immediately crouched to the height of the children. He talked and spent time with the children as though there were no others near by. It was clear that both His Grace and the children enjoyed their time spent together. To some adults present it was reminiscent of times they spent during their childhood with Sveti Vladika Nikolaj Velimirovic. Continue


Pan Orthodox Clergy Advent Retreat in Alhambra
Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of the Western American Diocese was honored to host the Orthodox Christian bishops and priests from the West Coast for the annual Pan-Orthodox Clergy Conference held November 16-17, 2016.  As 2016 was the year of the historic Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church which was held on the island of Crete in June, the bishops, priests and deacons gathered to reflect on the importance of the conciliar nature of the Church and the meaningful contributions of the Holy Councils and their implications in the life of the Church.  It was a great blessing for us to host this important gathering which brought the Orthodox clergy on the West Coast together in brotherly love and energized them in their ministry of service to God and His faithful people entrusted to their pastoral care.  The first day of this year's Retreat focused on the Church of the Council: The Implication of Synodality in the Life of the Church. Guest Speakers included His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and Professor of Patrictics at the University of Belgrade; Fr. Nathanael Simeonidis, Director of the Office of Iner-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Fr. Cyril Hovorun, Senior Lecutrer at Sankt Ignatios Academy/Stockholm; and the Moderator for each presentation was Deacon Nicholas Denysenko, Associate Professor of Theological Studies and Director of Huffington Ecumenical Institute, Los Angeles. Continue

Bishop Maxim Visits San Francisco Parish
Saturday, November 19, 2016

An Orthodox community had formed in San Francisco in 1858, called the “Greek-Russian Slavonian Eastern Church and Benevolent Society.” The community consisted of Russians, Serbs, Greeks, and Syrians who had come to California in the first years of the Gold Rush. Today, the city of San Francisco, the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, has many Orthodox Parishes. The dawn of the history of the Serbian Parish of Saint John the Baptist begins with the arrival of the late Right Reverend Father Archimandrite George Kodzic in San Francisco in February of 1919. Continue

Gala in New York City a Great Success
Friday, November 18, 2016

New York City, NY- On Saturday, November 5, 2016, a Fundraising Gala was held in order to raise funds to restore and save Saint Sava Cathedral, which was devastated by fire on Easter Sunday, May 1, 2016. 

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, a Fundraising Gala was held in order to raise funds to restore and save Saint Sava Cathedral, which was devastated by fire on Easter Sunday, May 1, 2016. This Gala was also a welcoming event for the newly elected Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, His Grace Irinej (Dobrijevic). The fact that the coordinators had to announce that the event was sold out and that the venue could not accommodate more than 340 guests is indicative of this evening’s great success. Continue

Metropolitan Tikhon Welcomes Serbian Bishop Irinej
Friday, November 18, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon hosted His Grace, Bishop Irinej [Dobrijevic] of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America to the Chancery here.

Elected in May 2016 by the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, replacing His Grace, Bishop Dr. Mitrophan, Bishop Irinej was enthroned at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, PA on October 1.  Born and raised in Cleveland, OH to parents who left the former Yugoslavia at the conclusion of World War II, Bishop Irinej had previously served for a decade as the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Australia and New Zealand.  Bishop Irinej is a graduate of both Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA and Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY. Continue

His Grace Irinej Visits St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Parish
Friday, November 11, 2016

Washington, DC - On Saturday, October 29th, His Grace Bishop Irinej presided over Great Vespers at St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church which was celebrated by the parish priest, Father Aleksa Micic. At the end of the service Father Aleksa introduced the new Bishop to our parishioners, acknowledging the Bishop’s significant accomplishments and demonstrations of dedication to our faith.

Following the service, the Circle of Serbian Sisters hosted a reception in honor of our new Bishop during which parishioners had the opportunity and pleasure of meeting our new Bishop in person. Bishop Irinej was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lived and worked in Washington DC for a time as Director of External Affairs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America but has spent the past ten years as Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.  Continue

Bishop Mitrophan Visits Faithful in Waterloo
Wednesday, Novmeber 9, 2016

Оn Sunday, November 6, 2016, the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, His Grace Mitorphan, Bishop of Canada, visited the faithful of St. George Church in Waterloo. Upon arriving His Grace was welcomed at the entrance of the church by diocesan and visiting clergy, who are visiting Canada from the Fatherland: V. Rev. Stavrrophor Milojko Dimitric from Hamilton, V. Rev. Dragomir Ninkovic from Kitchener, V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragoljub Kostic from Uzica, V. Rev. Stavrophor Bozo Bakajlic from Zemun and the host priest V. Rev. Stavrophor Dusan Gnjatic.

At the Divine Liturgy the St. John of Damascus choir sang the responses as they do every Sunday, assisted on this occasion by the Holy Trinity choir from Kitchener. At ther chanter's stand were theology graduate Milorad Delic, seminarian Mihailo Gnjatic and chanter Alexandar Markovic. Continue

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