The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago

The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago

The first Sunday of Great Lent – the Sunday of Orthodoxy, was prayerfully and festively celebrated in Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago. 

Divine Liturgy was served by all of the parish priests: Archpriests Darko Spasojevic and Dobrivoje Milunovic and Priest Nikolaj Kostur. S.S.S. Branko Radichevich Choir, directed by Jelena Stojakovic, sang responses at the liturgy. Also, many servers participated in the Altar. After the Prayer behind the Ambo, the clergy, servers and a large number of children with icons in their hands participated in a procession, in that way showing the triumph of the true faith over heresies, schisms and all temptations which the Orthodox Church has encountered from the beginning to the end of the world.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2019 it is 15 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

Last November the Serbian Orthodox Church was the first among the autocephalous churches to officially react at the highest level, (i.e. the Holy Assembly of Bishops) to the intentions of His Holiness the Patriarch of Constantinople who, according to his own findings and in a self-willed manner wanted to “decide” and “resolve” the church problems in Ukraine as the “first without equals” (primus sine paribus) -  and not as the “first among equals” (primus inter pares) which is, in fact, the centuries-old Orthodox ecclesiological and canonical principle - and we pleaded with him not to do so, but rather that he, in fraternal dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church and in consultation with the other Churches, actually help to resolve this crisis. 

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Sunday of Orthodoxy

The Sunday of Orthodoxy is the first Sunday of Great Lent.

The dominant theme of this Sunday since 843 has been that of the victory of the icons. In that year the iconoclastic controversy, which had raged on and off since 726, was finally laid to rest, and icons and their veneration were restored on the first Sunday in Lent. Ever since, this Sunday has been commemorated as the "Triumph of Orthodoxy."

Resolutions of the 2019 Annual Assembly

Resolutions of the 2019 Annual Assembly
Resolutions of the 2019 Annual Assembly
Resolutions of the 2019 Annual Assembly
Resolutions of the 2019 Annual Assembly

In The Name of The Holy and Lifegiving Trinity!

We, the clergy, monastics, and representatives of the people of God, ordained and elected members to the Annual Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, Serbian Orthodox Church, have gathered together at the Church of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker in the God-protected City of Monroeville, Pennsylvania, on February 22 and 23, in the Year of Our Lord 2019.

Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch

Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch
Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch
Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch
Serbian State leadership received in audience by the Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. AleksandarVucic, President of the Republic of Serbia; Mrs. Ana Brnabic, President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia; Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs as well as Mr. Nikola Selakovic, Secretary General of the President of the Republic of Serbia. The reception took place at the Serbian Patriarchate on 10 March 2019.

On the Church side, the conversations were attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Bishops Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija and Milutin of Valjevo.

The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete. Monday of the First Week

On Monday of the First Week of Lent, during Great Compline, after Psalm 69, the Canon is sung. The Eirmosi are sung twice, at the beginning and end of each Song. Before each Troparion we make the sign of the Cross and bow three times.

Ode 1 Tone 6

Eirmos: He is my Helper and Protector, and has become my salvation. This is my God and I will glorify Him. My father's God and I will exalt Him. For gloriously has He been glorified. (Exodus 15:2,1; Psalm 117: