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In Memoriam: V. Rev. Stavrophor Rastko Trbuhovich
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Lackawanna, NY - The Very Reverend Stavrophor Rastko Trbuhovich fell asleep in the Lord on September 30, 2015 - May his memory be eternal! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
St. Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church
177 Weber Road
Lackawanna, New York 14218

Holy Hierarchical Liturgy - 8AMFuneral Service - 11AM

Pan Orthodox Stewardship Retreat in Chicago Area
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Palos Park, IL - On Saturday, September 26, 2015, Chicago Synergy organized a Pan Orthodox Stewardship Retreat presented by Bill Marianes. The day’s agenda focused on many aspects of Stewardship from a new and different perspective. Over 60 attendees met at Saints Peter and Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Palos Park Illinois.

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Patriarch Irinej at Kolo Slava in Hamilton
Monday, September 21, 2015

Hamilton, Ontario - The Serbian Sisters celebrated their slava, the Nativity of the Theotokos, on Sunday September 20. The Holy Hierarchical Liturgy was served by His Holiness the Patriarch of Serbia and Administrator of the Canadian Dioses Irinej. Serving alongside His Holiness were: archpriest Vasilije (Gavrilovic), V. Rev. Steva Stojisavljevic, V. Rev. Vojislav Pavlovic, and protodeacon Damjan Bozic. Our choir Stevan Mokranjac responded to the Liturgy.

Our faithful accepted Holy Communion today including many of the children from Sunday school which held its first classes of the school year today. Near the end of the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness addressed the congregation which filled our beautiful church. Greeting everyone and wishing the Serbian Sisters a “srecna slava”, he held a sermon paying special attention to the importance of church attendance and keeping our Serbian and Orthodox traditions in this country.  Continue

Sermon on the Nativity of the Theotokos
Monday, September 21, 2015

The Church’s veneration of Mary has always been rooted in her obedience to God, her willing choice to accept a humanly impossible calling. The Orthodox Church has always emphasized Mary’s connection to humanity and delighted in her as the best, purest, most sublime fruition of human history and of man’s quest for God, for ultimate meaning, for ultimate content of human life.

If in Western Christianity veneration of Mary was centered upon her perpetual virginity, the heart of Orthodox Christian East’s devotion, contemplation, and joyful delight has always been her Motherhood, her flesh and blood connection to Jesus Christ. The East rejoices that the human role in the divine plan is pivotal. The Son of God comes to earth, appears in order to redeem the world, He becomes human to incorporate man into His divine vocation, but humanity takes part in this. If it is understood that Christ’s “co-nature” with us is as a human being and not some phantom or bodiless apparition, that He is one of us and forever united to us through His and forever united to us through His humanity, then devotion to Mary also becomes understandable, for she is the one who gave Him His human nature, His flesh and blood. She is the one through whom Christ can always call Himself “The Son of Man.” Continue

Assembly Convenes Sixth Annual Meeting in Chicago
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Chicago, IL - The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened its sixth annual meeting Tuesday, September 15 in Chicago, IL with 45 hierarchs in attendance. The day began with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.

Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, opened the meeting. His remarks can be read here in their entirety. General business followed, including acceptance of the minutes from Assembly V, a financial report from the Assembly’s treasurer, Metropolitan Antony, and brief reports from the Secretary of the Assembly, Bishop Basil, and the Chairman of the Committees, Bishop Maxim. Metropolitan Antony reported that a budget shortfall is expected and expressed his hope that the hierarchs would seek donations from the faithful to meet the shortfall. Bishop Maxim called attention to the committees that have been particularly active to-date: Agencies and Endorsed Organizations, Canonical Regional Planning, Ecumenical Relations, Financial Affairs, Legal Affairs, Pastoral Practice, Monastic Communities, and Youth.


In Memoriam: V. Rev. Stavarophor Svetozar Veselinovic
Thursday, September 17, 2015

Miami, FL - The Very Reverend Stavrophor Svetozar Veselinovich, parish priest at St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in North Miami, Florida fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, September 16th.  

More details are forthcoming.

May his memory be eternal!

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