Mars, PA - The Slava of the St. Nikodim of Serbia Chapel, located at the headquarters of the Eastern American Diocese in Mars, Pennsylvania was celebrated on Saturday, September 3, 2011 with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by diocesan bishop, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America. Concelebrating with His Grace the bishop were V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, V. Rev. Stevan Stepanov, V. Rev. Michael Simerick, V. Rev. Rastko Trbuhovich, V. Rev. Stavrophor Rodney Torbic and Rev. Vladislav Radujkovic. Also serving was Protodeacon Milan Medakovic.
In his homily His Grace stressed the fact that all Christians need to know and study and Scripture but more than just a knowledge of Bible verses we are called to live a life according to the Bible. We are given examples of people who led such lives in the Saints whom we celebrate throughout the church year and who we are celebrating on this day we have gathered for the Diocesan chapel Slava.
At the dinner His Grace, the bishop, thanked everyone for attending the event, mentioning in particular those clergy who traveled from far distances such as Columbus and New York City. The bishop also expressed his gratitude to the Youth Choir from the Steelton parish who once again this year made the trip to the diocese for this occasion to sing the responses at the liturgy. The choir was unable to travel on Friday, yet wanting to be with their bishop for the Slava, they left very early in the morning just so they might be able to attend and take part. His Grace, as a token of his gratitude, gave each of the members of the choir an icon.