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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

Diocesan Day 2017
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

On Saturday, August 5th, the Eastern-American Diocese held their first Diocesan Day celebration under the omophorion of their recently-enthroned hierarch, His Grace Bishop Irinej.  Faithful from around the diocese gathered at the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Church at the St. Sava Camp in Shadeland, PA, to offer thanksgiving to God as one body, in unity, at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.

With great joy, over twenty priests stood at the entrance to the church ready to welcome His Grace Irinej. Upon his arrival, they processed into the church as the hymn, “It is Truly Meet” was gloriously sung by a wonderful choir comprised of the St. Sava campers. The service proceeded with exceptional beauty as the children continued to offer the magnificent gift of their voices to the Lord, and to all those present. 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

Celebration at St. Mark's Monastery
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

On the eighth Sunday after Pentecost, on July 30, 2017, His Grace Irinej, Bishop of the Eastern-American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, served the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at St. Mark’s Monastery in Sheffield Village, Ohio. The service was not only in honor of the feast of St. Angelina, but also marked the end of the camping season.

The beautiful festive, summer day began with bells ringing to welcome His Grace Bishop Irinej.  Priests and faithful gathered at the entrance of the church to greet their bishop, singing the Hymn to the Mother of God with great joy and anticipation for the day’s events. Continue

Slava at New Marcha Monastery
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Wednesday 26 June 2017, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America made his first canonical visit to Monastery New Marcha and its church dedicated to the Archangel Gabriel for the celebration of the Monastery’s Slava.

The previous evening Vespers were served by Archimandrite Leontije (Alavanja), Abbot of St. Mark Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Sheffield, OH. Monastery New Marcha was blessed to have in attendance for the Vespers Mother Christophora, Abbess of Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA (OCA-Romanian) and several sisters from her monastery.  A light meal was served after Vespers. Continue

Glorification of St. Mardarije
Monday, July 24, 2017

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