The Nativity Fast: A Time of Preparation

The Fast of the Nativity is the Church's wise solace and aid to human infirmity. We are a forgetful people, but our forgetfulness is not unknown to God; and our hearts with all their misconceptions and weakened understandings are not unfamiliar to the Holy Spirit who guides and sustains this Church.

We who fall far from God through the magnitude of our sin, are called nonetheless to be close to Him. We who run afar off are called to return. Through the fast that precedes the great Feast of the Incarnation -- which itself is the the heart and substance of our calling -- the Church helps draw us into the full mystery of what that call entails.

Patron Feast-Day of the Dechani Monastery

Patron Feast-Day of the Dechani Monastery
Patron Feast-Day of the Dechani Monastery
Patron Feast-Day of the Dechani Monastery
Patron Feast-Day of the Dechani Monastery

On the occasion of the monastery slava, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Dechani Monastery on the feast-day of Holy King Stephen of Dechani, on 24 November 2015.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by Bishops: Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Ilarion of Timoj and Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, along with many priests and monks from many dioceses of our local Church. There were 800 believers who came from all parts of Serbia and from Montenegro to attend the Liturgy. Patriarch Irinej ordained teacher of the Prizren Seminary, Mr. Dusan Djakovic, a deacon, whereas he awarded Orthodox priest Nektarios Serphes from USA with the order of Saint Sava, since Fr. Nektarios is a great friend of the Serbian people who had collected aid for the impoverished families on Kosovo and Metohija for years.

Patronal Feast Day at Homebush

Patronal Feast Day at Homebush
Patronal Feast Day at Homebush
Patronal Feast Day at Homebush
Patronal Feast Day at Homebush

The Holy Archangel Michael Parish and Church Community in Homebush, celebrated its patronal feast day the Holy Archangel Michael on Sunday, 22 November 2015.

This very solemn occasion was enhanced with two important events for this parish, which consists of Orthodox faithful who come from almost all over the world, and is known for conducting services in the English language.

St. Archangel Michael Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint

St. Archangel Michael Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint
St. Archangel Michael Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint
St. Archangel Michael Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint
St. Archangel Michael Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint

St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint in their new Church that is still under construction.  

His Grace Bishop Maxim accompanied with Bay Area priests conducted Hierarchical Divine Liturgy along with number of faithful that include all neighboring parishes, as well as host parish. 

Fr. Miladin Garic has reposed in the Lord

 Fr. Miladin Garic has reposed in the Lord - Funeral - Saturday, Nov. 28th 9:30am, Fair Oaks, CA 

Fr. Miladin Garic reposed peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, the Feast Day of St. Stefan Decanski. His wishes were to have a funeral service in the Church of the Holy Assumption and final burial in Jackson at St. Sava beside his wife Protonica Nina.My the Holy Spirit equip him with His breath! May his memory be eternal!

Funeral Arrangments for Proto Miladin Garic

Services will take place at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Fair Oak, CA

Friday, November 27th - Tisagijon at 6:00pm followed by refreshments at Church hall.
Saturday, November 28th -  Divine Liturgy at 9:30 with Funeral Service.
His Grace Bishop Maxim will officiate with local and guest clergy.
Funeral Service will be followed by Lunch /Daca at church hall.

Instead of flowers in memory of Proto Garic you may give donation to Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary in Fair Oaks or  St. Sava in Jackson

Slava of the Sacred Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael in Kovilj

Slava of the Sacred Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael in Kovilj
Slava of the Sacred Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael in Kovilj
Slava of the Sacred Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael in Kovilj
Slava of the Sacred Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael in Kovilj

On Friday, 20 November 2015, in the late afternoon, a solemn celebration of the patron of Holy monastery of Kovilj, the Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven, began with the Great Vesper service in the monastery chapel of Venerable Fathers of Mount Athos.

Hieromonk Dionisije of the Kovilj Monastery served the Vesper service with the concelebration of deacons from Novi Sad – Veljko Vasiljev and Zoran Malesevic. His Eminence, Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana conducted the monastic choir at the right chanters’ apse. The vesper service was attended by Their Graces Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa and Bishop Jeronim of Jegar.