A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel
On Wednesday 2nd/15th February 2017, the feast of Hypapante (Meeting) of the Lord was celebrated by the Patriarchate at the Nunnery of Saida Naya, which is a stone’s throw away on the North side of the Church of the Resurrection, opposite Hanke Mosque and next to the Monastery of our Father among the Saints Euthymios.
Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
The second full day of the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute began early in the morning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the feast day of the Meeting of the Lord, with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America and His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America, the host hierarch and the concelebration of a number of diocesan and visiting clergy. In his homily following the liturgy Bishop Irinej spoke of the gift of the encounter with Christ that we are given in the Holy Liturgy, mirroring the encounter of St. Symeon with Christ celebrated in the Feast. It is because of this encounter which we have now in the liturgy that we have the hope –even a foretaste – of that great and final encounter with Christ at His second and glorious coming.
Clergy and faithful filled the St. George Serbian Church in San Diego, the host church of the 3rd Annual Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute, for the morning Orthos service on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the feast day of the Holy Martyr Tryhon of Phrygia. Orthros was served by Hieromonk Fr. Platon (Jovic), a visiting monk from the Diocese of Banja Luka.
His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese welcomed all clergy and laity, many of whom were attending from other dioceses. He welcomed His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese who also greeted everyone at the beginning of this multi-day event. V. Rev. DobrivojeMilunovic, president of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church, greeted the Instittue on behalf of the Brotherhood. Finally, Fr. Damascene introduced this year's speaker Rev. Fr. Vasileios Thermos, MD, PhD.rer
On Wednesday, 15 February 2017, on the feast-day of the Meeting of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple, His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Greatmartyr St. George in Novi Sad.
His Eminence was concelebrated by Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa and Bishop Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, archimandrite Dionisios Kalambokas, protopresbyter-staurophors: Milivoje Mijatov, diocesan dean of Novi Sad; Milos Vesin, parish priest of South Chicago and Lensing; and DusanKolundzic; protopresbyters: ZeljkoTesic, principal of the church of Sts. Cosma and Damian at Futog; Zeljko Latinovic, head of the Holy Dormition church in Novi Sad; protopresbyter Branislav Mrkic, diocesan dean of Novi Sad the Second; presbyter Tomislav Zivkovic, parish priest at Parage; presbyter Aleksandar Ignjatov, parish priest of Saint Sava church in Novi Sad, presbyter Leo Malesevic, parish priest of Kac; priests of the Cathedral church and deacons of Novi Sad.
The feast-day of the Meeting of the Lord and Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia was traditionally celebrated at Orasac, near Arandjelovac.
On this day 213 years ago the First Serbian Uprising began at Maricevica Gully at Orasac. The celebration of the feast-day of the Meeting of the Lord and Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia commenced with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija.
The past weekend of 14th and 15th January 2017 in Oregon was very blessed because our Diocesan Bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim visited his flock in Eugene and Portland. Unusual weather conditions coated Portland in Snow and Ice!