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Enthronement of the Bishop of Canada, His Grace Mitrophan
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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Enthronement of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan
Bishop of Canada

Half a Century of St. Demetrios Church in Windsor
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Windsor, Ontario - With God's help the fiftieth anniversary of the St. Demetrios church-school congregation in Windsor was celebrated. Parishioners, together with the clergy, deacons and readers, welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej who was accompanied by Bishop Vasilije of Srem, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwest America, Bishop Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and the newly elected Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, who on the following day, September18, 2016, will be enthroned in Mississauga as the local bishop of the Diocese of Canada.

Preperations for the celebration of the fiftieth parish anniversary have been underway for months. The church board led by the parish priest as well as all the parishioners and church organizations worked day and night in order to make this day all the more special. The St. Demetrios parish church was consecrated in 1966 and since then it has served as a place of regular services, where generations are saved through their Holy Serbian Orthodox Church. In the parish there is an active church choir that beautifully sings at every service, the "Majka Jugovic" Kolo Sestara, there is a Church School with 40 children where, apart from the catechism, Serbian language is taught as well as Serbian history. There is also a folklore group "Mlada Srbadija". Continue

 

20th Diocesan Days Celebration in Jackson
Friday, September 9, 2016

Jackson, CA - Friday, September 2, 2016 - Nestled in the rolling hills of Amador County is the beautiful and historic St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in the small, quiet town of Jackson, California. It was the site of this year’s Diocesan Days celebration of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, which takes place each year on Labor Day weekend. Continue

Slava Celebration in Fair Oaks
Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fair Oaks, CA - On Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28, 2016, the Serbian Orthodox Church of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fair Oaks California celebrated its Slava.  

One by one the cars started arriving and people began greeting each other. As we each entered our beautiful Church, we immediately felt the peace we would be blessed with for the entire weekend.  We were not to be disappointed.

As candles were lit, as icons were venerated, as our places were taken, all of us breathed in the scent of holiness. The flowers gracing the icons so lovingly made and placed by Luba Karnaaokh added the final element showing love to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

With the entrance of His Grace Bishop Maxim, the newly assigned Diocesan  Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, Deacon Dragan Stojanovich from Jackson, along with Proto Dane and Proto William, we were ready to begin.  The evening Vesper service was beautiful and somber.  Vladika Maxim led the prayerful group who had gathered.  Three talented young Chanters filled the Church with their upraised voices.  Our own Dusan Radosavljevic had invited two of his friends, Michail “Micho” Slavko (who is Bulgarian) and Dillon Diamandopoulos (who is Greek) to participate in the service.  Several times the absolutely perfect harmony of their voices merged with the voice of our Beloved Vladika Maxim.  At those moments the rest of us felt our hearts transported upwards.  Later, Dusan admitted “we sang the first part of Vespers according to the long sticheraic genre that the Athonites repopularized.  I felt like I had been transported to Chilandar Monastery.” (Mt. Athos) All of us who attended Vespers knew we had been truly blessed by the beauty and solemnity of the prayers we had heard. Continue

 

Bishop Mitrophan Feted on 25th Anniversary
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Aliquippa, PA - Clergy and faithful of the Eastern American Diocese were already beginning to think about doing something to honor their Bishop Mitrophan on his 25th Anniversary as bishop of the Diocese. But a special urgency was added when word was received in late May that their long-time archpastor had been elected as Bishop of Canada, and would soon be leaving them.

The Diocesan Council, spearheaded by Council vice-president Milan Mrkal, and the Diocesan Federation of Circles of Serbian Sisters headed by Millie Radovick immediately began to work on an event which would be not only a celebration of their Bishop's 25 years of service in their Diocese, but also a farewell. And it would have to be done within weeks.

The result was a truly moving and beautiful tribute to their beloved Bishop Mitrophan held on Saturday, August 13 at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa, PA. The day began with the greeting of the hierarchs at the doors of the church, and it was immediately apparent that this was going to be a special day. As the bishops were led by the clergy into the full church, the St. Elijah Choir began to sing with a beauty and power which truly helped transport those present into the Kingdom of Heaven. After the services many, many people remarked on the special feeling of love and God's presence which permeated the Liturgy. Continue

 

Pilgrimage to Orthodox Alaska
Thursday, August 25, 2016

Led by His Grace, Bishop Maxim and Fr. Blasko Paraklis, a small group of Serbian pilgrims visited and venerated some of the holy sites of Alaska, including Kodiak Island, Spruce Island and St. Nilus Island, as well as the small community of Serbs in Anchorage, AK.

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the group arrived on Kodiak Island, where they were warmly welcomed at the Holy Resurrection Cathedral (OCA) in Kodiak and allowed to venerate the opened relics of St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska.  With St. Herman’s blessing, their voyage continued on the calm, cold Pacific waters, as they headed to Spruce Island by skiff- approximately a 45 minute boat ride. Continue

Eastern Diocese to Welcome New Archpastor
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America are busily preparing to welcome their new Archpastor, His Grace Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic). His Grace, who was elected in May by the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church to head the Eastern American Diocese, will be enthroned at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 1.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM, with the welcoming of the hierarchs by the clergy and faithful. It is anticipated that numerous hierarchs and other guests will be in attendance. Leading the list of dignitaries will be Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, who made adjustments to their busy schedule to be present.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy His Grace Bishop Irinej will be led to the cathedra, or throne of the Bishops of the Eastern American Diocese by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwest America as the senior Serbian Orthodox hierarch in North America. There Bishop Irinej will take his place as the fifth Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America, and deliver his first archpastoral message to his new flock. Following the services all will be welcomed for a short reception at the Cathedral. Continue

Diocesan Days 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Shadeland, PA - On Sunday, August 7th, Serbian communities from across the Eastern American Diocese of the United States travelled to St Sava Camp in Shadeland, PA. The diocese gathered in unity around His Grace Bishop Dr +Mitrophan, celebrating the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with 27 priests and 1 deacon. Additional priests assisted during the service, and St Sava campers led the congregation in singing the responses.

During the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Dr +Mitrophan bestowed the honor of wearing the pectoral cross upon Fr Zivojin Jakovljevic, former cathedral dean of St Sava in Parma, Ohio, and now current dean of St Sava Cathedral in New York City. His Grace also bestowed the rank of “Protopresbyter” upon Fr Milan Pajich, parish priest of St Archangel Michael in Akron and co-director of the St Sava Camp. Continue

 

Father Darko to Lead Pilgrimage to Mount Athos
Friday July 29, 2016

Chicago, IL - The Cathedral Office is pleased to announce that V. Rev. Dr. Darko Spasojevic, Cathedral Dean, will lead a pilgrimage to the holy monasteries of Mount Athos from October 3rd – 9th, 2016.

The six day prayer and study trip will feature visits to the holy Athonite monasteries of Hilandar, Grigoriou, Simonopetra, Karyes, Iviron, Great Lavra, and Panteleimon, including overnight hospitality and participation in the monastic cycle of divine services at each of the holy communities. Continue

 

Holy Resurrection Cathedral Announces Pilgrimage
Monday, May 16, 2016




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