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News and Events - September 2011


NEWS AND EVENTS - Friday, September 30, 2011

SERBIAN PARISH IN IRVINE CELEBRATES CHURCH SLAVA


Irvine, CA - His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr Michael Lafoon (Antiochian jurisdiction), Fr. Stevan Kovacevic, Hieromonk Fr. Jovan Babic, Deacon Thomas, and Fr. Blasko Paraklis, the hosting priest, together with the parishioners of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Church in Irvine, California, celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Sunday, September 25th.

Although this holy day is celebrated every year, this year it had a special significance in that the church also  consecrated  its newly-acquired  iconastis  that  was donated by a parishioner   The iconastis  woodwork  was  constructed   and  beautifully  carved  in Serbia from solid light oak.  It is  decorated with eight  full-length,  life-size icons of Jesus, Christ, Most Holy Theotokos and  saints,  painted on gold-plated panels, that were also done in Serbia by the renowned iconographer,   Miloje Milinkovic   This magnificent work of art was consecrated in a blessing ceremony by His Grace, Bishop Maxim.  A  bishop’s throne and a  chantor’s stand   also carved in light oak to match the iconastis, complete a trilogy of artistic additions to the church that has transformed the church   into a truly Orthodox place of worship  to glorify  God , the Most Holy Theotokos  and all the Saints.   The church choir, directed by Gorjana Zekic,  made the divine liturgy a glorious celebration for this slava.   The Divine liturgy  service was followed by a banquet  in the church hall that was filled to capacity by the parishioners and guests.



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