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2018 Nativity Encyclical


Fast Q&A About Georgraphy of Orthodox in America
Wednesday, December 12, 2018

“Fast Questions and Fast Answers about the Geography of Orthodoxy in America” is the second essay in a group of mini-reports about Orthodox Church life in America. Surprising, stimulating, and, at the same time, important facts about the geographic distribution of Orthodox parishes and church members in America are discussed in this essay. Continue

A Blessed Sunday at Holy Resurrection Cathedral
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sunday, December 2, 2018 marked the beginning of the Nativity Fast-Advent season. Our Cathedral was blessed with the presence of His Grace Irinej, Bishop of the Eastern American Diocese, who joyously celebrated the Divine Liturgy, and concelebrated by Cathedral Dean Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Fr. Dobrivoje Milunovic and Deacon Theodore Sokolovic, with the participation of our former Cathedral dean, Fr. Uros Ocokoljich and Father Nikolaj Kostur. The choral responses by the S.S.S. Branko Radichevich were beautiful, leading our faithful to “lay aside all earthly cares”. The epistle was read by Krstana Milunovic of the HRSOC Teens Youth Group, reciting the message from Ephesians “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might….”. Bishop Irinej’s enlightening sermon centered on the Gospel narrative, emphasizing Christ’s love for his flock as demonstrated in the miraculous healing of a woman inflicted with infirmity for eighteen years. Many faithful partook in the holy sacrament of Communion, and it was truly divine to see our Cathedral filled with so many children, their parents and faithful parishioners participating in the liturgical celebration. Continue

St. Sebastian's Days in Jackson
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Saint Sava Church in Jackson, California, for the fourth time celebrated the feast day of its founder, Saint Sebastian of Jackson, an Apostle of America, in the 2018th year of the Lord, with great joy and love. Although on a week day, Friday, the church was filled with the faithful from various Orthodox churches and from various places of California, who all desired an encounter with the great man in whom God is well-pleased. Like last year, priests from a few neighboring Serbian and other Orthodox parishes gathered together for Divine Liturgy, but a special joy this year was brought by two guests from afar. One of them was Presbyter Miroslav Andrić from Kraljevo, a city near Žiča Monastery, where Saint Sava, the patron of Jackson’s church, was enthroned and where his archiepiscopal see was, and where Saint Sebastian, its founder, fell asleep in the Lord and reposed on its cemetery from 1940 until 2007.Continue

Chicago Cathedral Youth Help Feed Hungry in Africa
Friday, November 30, 2018

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” (Proverbs 11:25)

On Friday, November 23, 2018, the Teen Youth Group of Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, volunteered at “Feed My Starving Children”, a Christian non-profit organization that helps feed starving and malnourished children all over the world. 

The youth were able to put their Orthodox Christian faith in action to help pack simple meals that children eagerly look forward to receive just to stay alive.  The parents, family members and the Cathedral Clergy, Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Fr. Dobrivoje Milunovic, and Fr. Nikolaj Kostur, also joined the youth group to offer support and to help in the efforts to pack meals. The Teen Youth Group of the Serbian Cathedral in Chicago is led by Protinica Jelena Milunovic. Continue

Crown Prince Alexander Sends Message to Serbs in Kosovo
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

In anticipation of the patronal feast of St. Stephen of Dechani, Benefactor of High Dechani Monastery, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander sent a message to the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija, during an interview for “Espreso”, calling them the “defenders of  Serbdom” and advised them that “after evil times the good always come.” Continue

Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

The two day meeting of the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church (November 6-7, 2018) was dedicated to three topics - the state in Kosovo and Metohija, the improvement of education and enlightenment in the Serbian Orthodox Church and the church crisis in Ukraine after the recent decisions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The church's vision of the state in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as its perspective on the struggle in preserving the suffering Serbian province within the make-up of Serbia, under the  constant provocation by the leadership of the false state and the constant pressures of the great Western powers, the Assembly of Bishops has already pointed out in its encyclical here.

The work of the Assembly in the field of church education and enlightenment is also, more or less, known to the public, but the Assembly's position regarding the question of the Church in Ukraine is known only in part. The reason for this is the fact that, first of all, all Local Orthodox Churches needed to be informed of the position of the Assembly of Bishops, beginning with the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Moscow Patriarchate, in the appropriate languages (Greek, Russian and English), a task that needed a certain amount of time. Having completed that, now is the time for the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church to be presented to the local media.


Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on Kosovo and Metohija

Gathered at the autumn meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops, we the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church headed by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, in these difficult times which our Church and the faithful are facing in Kosovo and Metohija, first of all express our support to His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raška-Prizren, his clergy, monastics and the faithful people of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren in their efforts to persist and remain in Kosovo and Metohija, the heartland of the Serbian Orthodox spirituality and our identity.

Furthermore, we express our concern due to the latest developments, especially many incidents, thefts and other forms of pressure targeted against our people. We remind the international and local political representatives that they are obliged to provide peaceful and dignified life for all citizens and not to allow any violence. We there especially emphasize the importance of the presence and active role of the international peace-forces KFOR and the OSCE mission in accordance with the UNSC Resolution 1244, which must continue until normal living conditions have been established for all communities in Kosovo and Metohija. Continue

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