As the Western American Diocese Annual is going to press, we are just about to begin our 2012 Camp St. Sava program in Jackson, CA. This year we mark the fifty-first year of the camp and the fiftieth season at St. Sava Mission. We have over 220 campers registered, which is a few more than last year. Camp enrollment has been growing, slowly and steadily, for the last five years. Again, thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Camp St. Sava, nearly ten percent of the campers attending are receiving a full scholarship. One of the goals of the Friends stewardship program is to enable families who do not have the financial means to send their children to the camp.
On Sunday, 15th July 2012, the parish of St Sava Mona Vale, commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the Liberation of Kosovo and Metohija (First Balkan War 1912-1913). At the St. Sava Pro-Cathedral the day began with the celebration of the Holy Liturgy by Very Rev. Stavrophor Fr. Saša Radoičić and deacons Nemanja Mrđenovic and Želimir Milović.
Besides firemen and locals, also monks of the Tvrdos monastery and employees of the "Tvrdos Monastery Cellars" participated in fire fighting in an area of the village of Duzi. This is not the first time that the brotherhood of the monastery of Tvrdos helps in fire fighting in Herzegovina.
We are very pleased to announce that RIZA has launched a new collection of a very special range of vestments which was previewed at the recent Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North America Clergy Laity Congress in Phoenix Arizona. Encouraged by the overwhelmingly positive response we received to our collection of median priced machine embroidered vestments, we have decided to extend our special offer on a number of items from the newly launched range.
From the fourth through the seventh centuries A.D., a form of Christian religious devotion flourished in Palestine known as desert monasticism.
Drawing upon biblical descriptions of Elijah (1 Kings 17), John the Baptist (Matthew 3), and Jesus, thousands of devoted Christians departed into the wilderness, becoming hermits seeking the presence of God in solitude (Mark 1).
Paradoxically, this exodus into the wilderness began in the fourth century as Christianity was becoming the official religion of the Roman empire.