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The Serbian Orthodox Church
to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2017

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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, monastics, 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 Christmas greeting:

Peace from God! Christ is Born!

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new!”
(II Corinthians 5:17)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The foundation of God's New and Eternal Covenant was laid on this very day, the first Christmas in history. Because today, our beloved spiritual children, the preeternal God accomplished a work greater than the creation of the universe and fulfilled the promise given to our first parents, the promise that the prophets had foretold from time immemorial, and which the Most Pure, the Most Blessed and Ever-Virgin Mary accepted in peace. God the Logos became man and dwelt among men. (cf. St. John 1:14) The Son of the Heavenly Father became a contemporary of mankind so that man could become co-eternal with God. The Lord Almighty “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:7) and became one in body with our lowliness, so that he could make us equal to the image of His glory. That is why the Godly-wise Apostle Paul elatedly said: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past understanding!” (Romans 11:33). Continue

Winter Retreat 2017 Summary
Monday, January 1, 2018

The Winter Youth Retreat was once again a great success.  Over 120 participants (maximum capacity reached and other people were politely being turned away but they were still coming as guests during the day)  gathered at the New Gracanica Monastery to experience and learn more about their faith while enjoying the fellowship of others.  Thanks to the blessing of our bishop Longin and protection of The Mother of God, the participants had the opportunity to attend lectures, discussions, church services and visit the game room that held a variety of activities.  On the first evening, participants met their roommates and lined up for dinner to further get to know each other.   The orientation then educated the participants regarding the schedule and rules for the week.  Everybody introduced themselves individually and then proceeded to the church for an Akathist service.  After the service, participants sat in the circle and had the opportunity to share their most difficult moments of 2017. Continue

On the Feastday of St. Mardarije
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

That borders do not exist for Christ’s Church and His Saints has been and continues to be confirmed through the numerous examples during the two thousand year history of the Church.

It will be confirmed until the end of the world and time.

One of the blessed examples of the Lord’s limitless love and the breadth of the Orthodox Church, is this year’s celebration of the newly revealed St. Mardarije of Serbia, Ljesan-Libertyville, All-America and All-Orthodox.

The name and memory of the Saint, the new apostle of the Church of Christ, was celebrated this year from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Coastlands, from Kornet the town of Ljsan, where he was born, to Studenica Monastery where he was tonsured, to his monastery of St. Sava in Libertyville where his incorrupt relics shine with the spirit of living faith. His name was celebrated from the king’s city of Cetinje to the emperor’s city of Petersburg, to the distant Australia and throughout South and Central America and Canada, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldavia, Serbia. Contnue

St. Sebastian Day 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The feast day of Saint Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco, an Equal-to-the-Apostles Enlightener of America, was triumphantly celebrated in the Saint Sava Church in Jackson, California, on the 30th/17th of November, 2017.

The first US-born Orthodox Christian monk and priest, together with the Serbian miners who had come from Herzegovina and the Bay of Kotor, founded this small but beautiful church in the peaceful capital of the Amador county in 1894, as the first Orthodox Christian church built by the Serbian immigrants on this continent. Continue

Meeting of the Central Church Council
Tuesday, December 5, 2017

On the day when we celebrate the newly revealed Saint of our Church, the Venerable Sebastian of Jackson, all the hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the American continent, met in Libertyville, a suburb of Chicago, Their Graces: Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwest America, Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, Bishop Maxim of Western America, Bishop Irinej of Eastern America and Bishop Kirilo of Diocletia, vicar to Metropolitan Amphilohije and administrator of the Diocese of South and Central America. Following Vespers, an Akathist and prayers offered at the relics of the newly revealed Saint of our Church Mardarije of Libertyville, the bishops began their regular meeting of the Episcopal Council for North and Sout America. Continue




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