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Beginning the Restoration of St. Sava Cathedral
Friday, August 18, 2017

We are pleased to inform you that the Invocation of the Holy Spirit for the beginning of the rebuilding of our Saint Sava Cathedral, at 15 West 25th Street in New York City, will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 6pm. His Grace Bishop Irinej will celebrate the service and bless the work site. Thanks to our Serbian Club, following the prayer service, Lenten pastries and refreshments will be served. We pray that, with God's help, we will complete this important task as planned, beginning with the removal of the debris and shortly thereafter proceed to the renovation phase of our beloved Cathedral.  Welcome All!

 

THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
RESPONSE TO RACIST VIOLENCE IN CHARLOTTSVILLE, VA


Friday, August 18, 2017

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted from the shameful efforts to promote racial bigotry and white supremacist ideology in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Orthodox Church emphatically declares that it does not promote, protect or sanction participation in such reprehensible acts of hatred, racism, and discrimination, and proclaims that such beliefs and behaviors have no place in any community based in respect for the law and faith in a loving God. Continue

Transfigured or Disfigured
Friday, August 18, 2017

Today our Lord's human nature was transfigured by the Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father, Whose voice witnessed to the Son's divine nature.

We are perhaps reminded of another Feast of the Church taken from the Holy Scriptures, where the divinity of Christ was also witnessed to by the Father and the Spirit proceeding from the Father - Theophany, the Baptism of Christ. Both these feasts have a great prominence in our Church, which has been lost outside Her, where people do not believe in the words of the Holy Scripture, that the Holy Spirit proceeds from God the Father alone. Continue

 

Bishop Maxim Visited His Flock in Portland
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The past weekend of 12th and 13th August 2017 at the St. Stephens Archdeacon and Protomartyr Serbian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon was very blessed because our Diocesan Bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim visited our Portland parish.

The reason of His visit was the celebration of our Parish Slava, which began with a joyful gathering on saturday afternoon when a lot of parish children full of joy and happiness welcomed His Grace at our beautiful Church property in Portland. Bishop Maxim blessed all the children and people who came to this gathering. After a delicious barbecue and childrens playing and talks we concluded the beautiful afternoon with a Vesper served by Fr. Vidoslav Vujasin the host priest in the presence of his Grace and the faithful followed by a brief meeting with the Board members who presented the Diocesan Bishop their plans for improvement and development of future projects on our Church property in Portland. Continue

The Dormition Fast Begins Today
Monday, August 14, 2017

The Dormition fast was established as preceding the great feasts of the Transfiguration of the Lord and of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It lasts two weeks—from August 1/14–August 14/27 (old style/new style).

The Dormition fast comes down to us from the early days of Christianity.

We find a clear reference to the Dormition fast in a conversation of Leo the Great from around the year 450 A.D. “The Church fasts are situated in the year in such a way that a special abstinence is prescribed for each time. Thus, for spring there is the spring fast ]—the Forty Days[Great Lent; for summer there is the summer fast… [the Apostles’ fast]; for autumn there is the autumn fast, in the seventh month [Dormition fast]; for winter there is the winter fast [Nativity fast].” Continue

Annual College Student Retreat
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The day after St. Elijah, the retreat for college and graduate students started with registration at 2:30 p.m.

The first gathering of all the participants was at Vespers in the monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God in Third Lake, Illinois - New Gracanica. After dinner, and before the first presentation and even the official icebreaker and introduction, everyone had a chance to really get to know each other through the service project at the monastery itself. Much needed to be done around the property, and thanks to these young people much was accomplished in the time they were there.

Before bed we were privileged to have Fr. Mile Subotic come and speak on "Faith and Academics" as well as participation in campus Orthodox Christian Fellowship groups. Continue

Bishop Maxim Ordains Reader Nektari to Deaconate
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Reno, Nevada, celebrated the elevation of one of its own beloved members to the diaconate on Sunday, July 30.

The parish celebrated the ordination of Nektari Rodriquez to the diaconate with calls of “Axios.” Deacon Nektari was previously a reader, tonsured in 2012. Continue




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