Eparchial (Diocesan) News

Pascha in New York

Although the Saint Sava Serbian Cathedral community in New York City lost its church in the fire on Pascha May 1, 2016, with God’s grace, thanks to the brotherly love of the Greek and the Russian people, it continued uninterruptedly to conduct its services.

Both the Greek and the Russian Churches opened the doors of their temples to the faithful of theSaint Sava parish. One of those churches, where the Serbs regularly conduct their Sunday and weekly services, is a beautiful Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Eleftherios. This year the Serbs and Greeks gathered together here for the Great and Holy Friday service. Leading the service was His Grace Bishop Irinej, accompanied by V. Rev. Stavrophor Dr. Albert Demos, parish priest at the Greek Church of Saint Eleftherios, V. Rev. Stavrophor Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, Saint Sava Cathedral Dean, and V. Rev. Vladislav Radujkovic, parish priest at the Saint Sava Cathedral.

Orthodox Bishop of Zahumlje-Hercegovina new Chairman of Interreligious Council in Sarajevo

Orthodox Bishop of Zahumlje-Hercegovina new Chairman of Interreligious Council in Sarajevo
Orthodox Bishop of Zahumlje-Hercegovina new Chairman of Interreligious Council in Sarajevo
Orthodox Bishop of Zahumlje-Hercegovina new Chairman of Interreligious Council in Sarajevo
Orthodox Bishop of Zahumlje-Hercegovina new Chairman of Interreligious Council in Sarajevo

His Grace Grigorije, Bishop of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and Coastlands, was elected as new chairman of the Interreligious Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina on April 21, 2017 in Sarajevo.

Bishop Grigorije, who is also administrator of the Metropolitanate of Dabar-Bosnia, said that at the meeting of the Interreligious Council, that during the past 20 years, working in a spirit of openness, mutual respect and trust, the Interreligious Council BiH has become  an important organization that contributes to the improvement of life for all the peoplese in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Palm Sunday celebrated in Vienna

The Palm Sunday celebrated in Vienna
The Palm Sunday celebrated in Vienna
The Palm Sunday celebrated in Vienna
The Palm Sunday celebrated in Vienna

His Grace Andrej, Serbian Orthodox  Bishop of Austria-Switzerland, officiated at the Eucharistic gathering in the church of the Nativity of the Mother of God on the 9th of April 2017.

The Bishop was concelebrated by Archpriest Petar Pantic and the parish priests Dragan Birtasevic and Alekksandar Stankovic. The church choir with Mrs. Biserka Vasic as Conductor was chanting responses. After the Gospel reading, the Bishop delivered a sermon on the topic of the feast-day. An agape meal was served in the church premises.

Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem celebrated in Mostar

Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem celebrated in Mostar
Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem celebrated in Mostar
Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem celebrated in Mostar
Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem celebrated in Mostar

The feat-day of the Entry of Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday was marked in this Herzegovinian town Mostar by celebration of the Divine liturgy presided over by Bishop Grigorije of Zaholm and Herzegovina.

The Hierarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-stavrophor Radivoje Krulj, presbyter Nemanja Luketa, deacon Branislav Rajković in attendance of many faithful people of Mostar and its surrounding. During the Eucharistic gathering Zorica Roncevic was received into of the Mostar community of the saints of the One, Holy, Catholic and Orthodox Church. The solemnity continued in the church-yard and the premises of the Old church in Mostar.

Monastic assembly from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Littoral

Monastic assembly from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Littoral
Monastic assembly from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Littoral
Monastic assembly from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Littoral
Monastic assembly from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Littoral

An assembly of male monasticism from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral was held in the Cetinje monastery on 29 March 2017.

The assembly began with the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts officiated by Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije. Besides the monks, the Liturgy was attended by students of the Seminary of St. Peter of Cetinje.

Cleveland Deanery Presanctified Liturgy

Cleveland Deanery Presanctified Liturgy
Cleveland Deanery Presanctified Liturgy
Cleveland Deanery Presanctified Liturgy
Cleveland Deanery Presanctified Liturgy

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.