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Parish Slava in Paterson
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

On Friday, October 6, on the day of the Paterson parish Slava, the Conception of St. John the Baptist, the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served by one Metropolitan, three Bishops, six priests and a deacon.

Officiating as guest from Constantinople, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was Metropolitan Maximos of Silivri, concelebrated by Bishop Ierotheos, abbot of St. Irene Monastery in Astoria, Ecumenical Patriarchate, Bishop Maxim of Western America and the host bishop, Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. Concelebrating were Hieromonk Meletije, Greek Archdiocese, Protopresbyters: Zivojin Jakovljevic from New York, Aleksandar Vlajkovic from Boston, Zoran and Sasa from Elizabeth and Deacon Jovan Anicic. The Paterson church choir sang the responses during this solemn and prayerful gathering in which approximately sixty parishioners participated. Continue

Bishop Maxim Makes Pastoral Visit to Faithful in Seattle
Monday, October 9, 2017

On September 23 and 24, 2017, on 16th Sunday after Pentecost, His Grace Bishop Maxim visited both Parishes in Seattle: The Holy Protection of the Theotokos in South Park and St. Sava Parish in Issaquah.

On Saturday evening, Bishop Maxim officiated at the Great Vespers Service at the Church of Holy Protection, together with local priest Fr. Serafim Gascoigne, Fr. Zoran Aleksic from St. Sava Church, and the Diocesan Deacon Vladan Radovanovic.  After the Vespers, parishioners prepared a dinner and a warm welcome for their Bishop. Continue

Cathedral Church in Buenos Aires Slava Celebrated
Monday, October 9, 2017

On Sunday, September 24, 2017 the Slava of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Buenos Aires was celebrated.

His Grace Bishop Kirilo of Diocletia officiated at Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, with the concelebration of Fr. Stefan Jovanovic and many faithful. The bishop, in his homily, stated that the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos gives us a few important messages: Continue

Half a Century of the Serbian Church in Columbus
Monday, October 9, 2017

On Sunday, September 24, 2017 the St. Stephen of Dechani parish in Columbus, Ohio celebrated their 50th anniversary.

We reminded ourselves through prayer and a cultural program of our past, and with the blessing of the newly built pavilion “Serbian Home” we thanked God for all good things with which He has blessed us, and with the groundbreaking of the new chapel to be dedicated to St. Nikolaj of Zicha and Ohrid we receive a foretaste of the future.  His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Continue

Three Decades of the Church in Edmonton
Monday, October 9, 2017

The St. Sava church school congregation in Edmonton commemorated 30 years since the consecration of their parish church in a very dignified and solemn manner.

Following Vespers on Saturday, September 23, 2017 His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Canada delivered a lecture entitled, “Holy Scripture in our lives”. The following day His Grace, the bishop, officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Continue

Address at the 8th Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Your Eminences, Your Excellencies and Your Graces, most respected Hierarchs of the Assembly of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America,

It constitutes a great joy and a profound blessing to be together again for our 8th annual General Assembly. Many of us have known each other not only since our First Episcopal Assembly in May 26-27, 2010, but long before. Our eight General Assemblies, however, have been special occasion for cultivating and strengthening the bond of deep love and apostolic zeal that unites us as canonical Hierarchs of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church in America. Through God’s grace and providence, we have all been brought together to this one place and we have been called to walk in unison toward a common goal, albeit, one that is still unfolding and which will be fully revealed in the eschaton. While our sights are ultimately set on the “things to come and longed for,” as long as we call ourselves co-laborers in God’s vineyard, it is our sacred obligation to work together to realize this goal by drawing ever-closer to one another. Continue

Прослава 125. годишњице Православља у Чикагу
понедељак, 2. октобар 2017 године

У суботу, 30. септембра 2017. године у организацији Све-православног свештеничког братства одржана је прослава 125. годишњице Православног присуства у Чикагу. Прослава је отпочела Св. Литургијом, коју је служило седам епископа са преко 70 свештеника и ђакона. Српску православну цркву се представљали локални Епископ новограчаничко-средњезападноамерички г. Лонгин и, почасни гост, Епископ источноамерички г. Иринеј.

Посебна част је указана Српској православној цркви позивом Епископу источноамеричком г. Иринеју да се пастирским словом обрати присутнима. У надахнутој беседи владика Иринеј се, између осталог, осврнуо на достојну поштовања историју Православља у Чикагу. Сећајући се свих светих архијереја и пастира који су служили у Чикагу, те архипастира овога града који су се преставили у скорије време, Владика је поетским језиком послао поуку свим Првославнима да остану верни вери својих светих претходника и наставе да сведоче Православне вредности у овим за Хришћанство тешким временима.

Мноштво православних из свих јурисдикција се још увек са посебном сетом присећа пастирског рада Владике Иринеја, не само на афирмацији Православља у овом граду, већ и његовог харитативног делања које је превазилазило јурисдикционе границе. Посебно је било дирљиво видети многе од студената Владике Иринеја са чувеног Лојола Универзитета, који су га заустављали и са дубоким поштовањем говорили о значајном духовном утицају који је као професор на универзитету имао на њихове животе.

Прослава је завршена свечаним банкетом на коме је присуствовало неколико стотина званица.

свештеник др Василије Вранић

The First Orthodox Christian Family Festival
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

With the Blessing of the Bishop of Eastern America, His Grace Irinej, the Department for Christian Education organized the First Orthodox Christian Family Festival on September 16th, 2017 in New Marcha Мonastery.

On a peaceful and sunny Saturday morning fifty children gathered in the monastery church. Together with their parents, grandmothers and grandfathers, they came to gather together and learn something more about the basics of Orthodoxy.  Continue

Indiction at the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical New Year

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Diocesan Days 2017
Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The annual gathering of clergy and laity from throughout the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Diocesan Days, began early Friday afternoon, September 1, 2017. As Los Angeles continued to bear through a historic heatwave clergy began slowly, one by one, to arrive to the LA suburb of Alhambra, home of St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and host of this year's diocesan gathering. A festive and joyous fellowship typically ensues when brother clergy meet after being apart for months. This, in fact, is one of the highlights of such events. As is customary in the Orthodox Tradition and in particular in the Western American Diocese, it originates from their bishop's warm welcome, whom the clergy first greet upon arriving - their ruling bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America. Continue

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