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Д Е М А Н Т И

Желећи да оповргнем необјективан начин „извештавања“ са Годишње скупштине епархије новограчаничко-средњезападноамеричке, одржане 12. и 13. априла у манастиру Нова Грачаница, крај Чикага, а како је то злонамерно приказано на сајту „Борба за веру“, у тексту анонимног аутора од 15. априла, дужан сам и пред Богом и пред људима да кажем следеће:

1. Годишња скупштина Епархије новограчаничко-средњезападноамеричке нити је имала на дневном реду свога заседања, нити се пак, током рада Годишње скупштине говорило о стању у Епархији западноамеричкој, нити је једном једином речју било поменуто име Архијереја те епархије- Преосвећеног епископа Максима. Сва предавања, извештаји и дискусије били су у вези са духовним животом, али и свакодневним изазовима наше Епархије новограчаничко-средњезападноамеричке.

2. Одлучно се, и као човек и као свештеник Српске православне цркве, противим сваком блаћењу било кога у Цркви, а посебно наших епископа и свештеника. Непримерено и злонамерно приказивање лика двојице наших Архијереја са америчког континента- новограчаничко-средњезападноамеричког г. Лонгина и западноамеричког г. Максима, особито у овим светим данима пред Страсну седмицу, јесте веома тенденциозно изазивање немира међу свима онима којима је стало до благочешћа, до милосрђа, до опраштања и до састрадалне љубави у Христу. Вређање, ниподаштавање и блаћење ма кога не би требало да имају места у душама оних који се заиста осећају чедима Српске Православне Светосавске Цркве.

3. Све злурадо изнете клевете против епископа Лонгина и епископа Максима, као и против неколицине, у том сензационалистички интонираном чланку, поменутих свештеника, само ће растужити Цркви одане вернике, како овде у расејању тако и у отачаству, а „обрадовати“ једино оне који оваквим деструктивним чињењем само доказују да им ни сада, пред Пасху, није стало до мира и слоге у Цркви.

4. Био сам не мало изненађен, а усталасаном неверицом и шокиран, када сам на страници „Борбе за веру“ у уторак 16. априла, видео да су злоупотребљени и моје име и мој чин, будући да су веома перфидно стављени испод текста тзв. „Петиције“, тј. „Апела Светом Архијерејском Синоду..“, стварајући тиме утисак да сам ја аутор поменутог „Апела“. Бог ми је сведок, као и моја савест, да НИСАМ аутор горе наведеног „Апела“.

у Ленсингу, уочи Лазареве суботе, 2019.

протојереј-ставрофор Милош М. Весин
парох јужночикашки и ленсиншки

Diocesan Assembly 2019
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The assembly was preceded by a retreat for clergy of our diocese, at which specific priests were appointed to offer presentations on the following topics: Proskomedia (preparation before Divine Liturgy) as Outreach, Psalms as problem solver‘s, 800 years of Autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Following the retreat the vigil started, and the clergy had their annual confession.

After the conclusion of a beautiful prayer service, both the clergy and the laity delegates went to dinner. The meals were all at the recently renovated and now refreshed and most beautiful hall by the lake. The food, thanks to our sisters even though Lenten, felt healthy and was most delicious.

Around 7 PM, the assembly started with the invoking of the Holy Spirit and receiving of the hierarchical blessing. Continue

Аутокефалност као благослов јединства у различитости

 

Интервју са Епископом Западноамеричким Максимом поводом Осам векова аутокефалности Српске Православнe Цркве (1219-2019)
 

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The first Sunday of Great Lent – the Sunday of Orthodoxy, was prayerfully and festively celebrated in Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago.

Divine Liturgy was served by all of the parish priests: Archpriests Darko Spasojevic and Dobrivoje Milunovic and Priest Nikolaj Kostur. S.S.S. Branko Radichevich Choir, directed by Jelena Stojakovic, sang responses at the liturgy. Also, many servers participated in the Altar. After the Prayer behind the Ambo, the clergy, servers and a large number of children with icons in their hands participated in a procession, in that way showing the triumph of the true faith over heresies, schisms and all temptations which the Orthodox Church has encountered from the beginning to the end of the world. Continue

Communique
Concerning Pan-Orthodox Concelebration in 2019

During the first week of the Great Fast, as we are preparing to once again on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, in a visible way with all other Orthodox Christians, celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the Restoration of Icons, the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church hereby notifies its priests and faithful to steadfastly maintain to the current practice of concelebration with other Orthodox bishops, priests and faithful from all the Orthodox Dioceses in the United States of America. In other words, that they do not interrupt any such common fellowship or concelebrations which they have been doing for decades on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, as well as on other feasts and times of the year. It is only through liturgical participation of the people of God which protects the communion with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:13) Continue


Fast Questions and Fast Answers about American Orthodox Christian Monasteries


“Fast Questions and Fast Answers about American Orthodox Christian Monasteries” is the third essay in a group of mini-reports about Orthodox Church life in America.

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Not many people realize that there are eighty Orthodox Christian monasteries in the USA which represent great variety of ethnic and liturgical traditions. In fact, America is, probably, the only place in the world where - within the same country - one can visit Greek, Russian, Romanian, Serbian Orthodox monasteries and experience their different “ethnic” liturgical styles, worship practices, church architecture, musicology and iconography. Besides worship services, there are many other interesting aspects and facts related to the lives of American Orthodox monasteries. Here are some examples of the questions that are addressed in this report:

  • Are there any monasteries that are especially interesting to visit, because of their architecture or religious arts?
  • Are there any monasteries that offer some interesting educational programs or workshops?
  • Is there anything unique about “economies” of US Orthodox monasteries?
  • Are there any monasteries that have some interesting and unusual liturgical practices?
  • Are there any monasteries that offer opportunities to experience monastic life for a period of time first-hand?

The report is accompanied by four geographic maps and many photographs depicting every-day lives of US Orthodox monasteries. Read this story and if you have any follow-up questions, please feel free send your inquiries to Alexei Krindatch: akrindatch@aol.com.

Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Ukrainian question

The following letter was addressed by Patriarch Irinej of Serbia (on the left on the picture, with Patriarch Bartholomew) to Patriarch Bartholomew concerning the official position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Ukrainian question.

Greek original here

“Belgrade, February 6, 2019

Re: your December 24, 2018 letter, protocol #1119 regarding your actions in Ukraine

Your All Holiness,

Having received your December 24 letters (protocol #1119), in which you were kind enough to communicate to our humble person what you had done in Ukraine concerning the problems therein existing, and were asking of us and of our Church to accept your acts and measures taken, we now proceed to answer as we should and following our conscience.

First of all, we remind you that the position of our Church, unanimously expressed and in the most official and responsible manner by the Assembly of our Bishops, was communicated to you from the beginning, before the opposition of any other sister autocephalous Church. However, you remained silent as the grave, and the reception of our letter has not even been confirmed by you.

In the same way, the call that followed, or rather the cry of anguish of our permanent Holy Synod was ignored by you. As well as our fraternal request during our meeting and concelebration in Thessalonica for you not to hasten in this matter, but rather to listen to the voices of most primates and synods of local Churches sharing the Orthodox faith, and to consider the matter conciliarly and in a pan-Orthodox way instead of unilaterally and on your own. Continue




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