Mars, Pa – The prayerful gatherings which occur at the Eastern American Diocesan Center located in Mars, Pennsylvania are memorable occasions for many clergy and faithful of this God protected Diocese. One such gathering which holds a special place in the hearts of the faithful is the annual celebration of the Diocesan Chapel Slava.
The Diocesan Chapel, dedicated to St. Nikodim of Serbia, is rightfully seen by many as the very heart of this diocese for it is here that the diocesan hierarch, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America, regularly serves the divine services - daily Matins and Vespers along with the Divine Liturgy when His Grace is not traveling; remembering at all times in his prayers the flock entrusted to his archpastoral care.
This spiritual joy filled the hearts of the many clergy and faithful attending this year’s chapel Slava on Saturday, September 8, 2007. Bishop Mitrophan officiated at the Divine Liturgy, assisted by V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, Fr Gerasim, abbot of St. Herman’s Monastery in Platina, Ca., V. Rev. Dragan Filipovic, V. Rev. Rodney Torbic and Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.
Fr. Gerasim, the special guest of the diocese on the occasion of this celebration, delivered a prayerful homily on the gospel reading. He also touched on St. Nikodim of Serbia and the role hierarchs have played in the life of the church down the centuries.
At the end of the liturgy the Slava Ritual was served by Bishop Mitrophan who, as always, called on the many children in attendance to join him in rotating the Kolach. A meal was served afterwards outside under the tent.
Source: Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America