Eparchial (Diocesan) News
With the blessing of His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Eastern America, St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio hosted the Cleveland Deanery for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Despite treacherous weather conditions including snow, wind, and hail, faithful from all over the Deanery gathered for Presanctified Liturgy on Friday, March 17th. Concelebrating were the Very Rev. Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Djordje Mileusenic and the Rev. Presbyter Aleksa Pavichevich. The beauty of the service was magnified as many children joined in the singing of the responses, and so many faithful from the St. Archangel Michael community in Akron, Ohio prepared for and received Holy Communion.
His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, celebrated the Holy hierarchal Liturgy in the stauropegial monastery of St. Joh Chrysostom in Bitola, Macedonia, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the 5th of March 2017.
At the very end of the Liturgy, in attendance of the celebrating clergy who carried holy relics and the faithful with icons of the feast-days dedicated to the Lord, Mother of God and Church saints in their hands, the Archbishop read the Synodicon of Orthodoxy.
On the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the 5th of March 2017, His Grace Bishop Irenej of Bachka celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Novi Sad, with the concelebration of the Cathedral brotherhood.
In his arhchpastoral sermon Bishop Irinej said, among other thing: “Every Sunday is a feast-day as a memory of the Christ’s Resurrection. However, today we have an extra celebration - celebration of an event, and not only of an event, but of an essential message of our faith…” After the pre-ambo prayer a rite of procession with holy icons was celebrated.
In the evening of the feast day of Saint Sava, His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren attended the Saint Sava Academy in Novi Pazar during which a rich cultural and art program was held with folklore dances.
In the morning of October 17, 2016, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, while on a pastoral visit to Great Britain, had a working meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Irenaeus of Serbia, in London.
Participating in the meeting were also Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s department for external church relations, and Archimandrite Philaret (Bulekov), a DECR vice-chairman. From the side of the Serbian Orthodox Church there were Bishop Dositei of Great Britain and Scandinavia and Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. They discussed the bilateral relations between the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches and problems involved in pan-Orthodox dialogue.
A symposium on New Martyrs to be held in Zagreb. - The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Jasenovac. - Consecration of Bishop's Palace in Pakrac.
His All-Holliness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is going to pay a visit to Zagreb on September 9th, 2016, where he is going to open the Scientific Conference under the theme „New Martyrs: Polyperspective II“, which is going to be held at the Serbian Orthodox Grammar School „Katarina Kantakuzina Brankovic“. During the symposium the most eminent experts for the issues of sufferings of people in XX century will participate: Efraim Zuroff, Director of the „Simon Wiesenthal Center“ in Jerusalem; Ruta Vaganaite from Lithuania, author of the bestseller „Our People“; protopresbyter Aleksander Mazirin from Russia, historians, sociologists, theologians and other experts form Poland, Russia, Republic of Srpska, Romania, Croatia, Israel and Serbia. The working part of the conference will be chaired by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia.