Clergy and delegates arrive and register for 21st Church Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America6. August 2014 - 11:47
The 21st Church Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America is set to begin on August 4th, 2014 at St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Church in Alhambra, California. The Assembly brings together the hierarchs, clergy, congregation board presidents and congregation delegates from all five dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
The last Assembly was held in August of 2009 at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, OH. Monday’s activities centered around registration of delegates, the Clergy Seminar and the annual meeting of the Serbian Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Monsignor Orlando Antonini, Apostolic Nuncio in Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate on 4 August 2014.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, introduced Bishop Justin (Stefanovic), former Bishop of Timok, into the throne of Bishops of Zica during the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saint Sava in Kraljevo, on August 3rd 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej celebrated along with enthroned Bishop Justin and Their Eminences Metropolitans Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Their Graces Bishops: Irinej of Backa, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Ignjatije of Branicevo, Atansije of Bihac-Petrovac, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, elected Jovan of Slavonia and retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina. Also Archimandrites, newly-elected Bishops concelebrated to the Patriarch: Ilarion of Timok, Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar. Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Milutin of Valjevo, Antonije of Moravica and retired Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla prayerfully participated in this Holy Liturgy.
On the feast of famous prophet Elijah the Tishbite, Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland served at the Cathedral church in Vienna.
The celebration began with the solemn Vesper service celebrated by His Grace Bishop with the concelebration of the head of the Cathedral church, presbyter Slavisa Bozic and deacon Milos Zdralic.
His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije received Archbishop Alessandro D'Errico, Apostolic Nuncio in Zagreb, at the Spiritual Centre of the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana on 1 August 2014.
During the talks led in an atmosphere of Christian love and mutual respect, the interlocutors exchanged views on a number of problems that the Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church are facing with around the world, in Europe and especially in Croatia and Serbia.
The Holy Prophet Elijah is one of the greatest of the prophets and the first dedicated to virginity in the Old Testament. He was born in Tishba of Gilead into the Levite tribe 900 years before the Incarnation of the Word of God.St Epiphanius of Cyprus gives the following account about the birth of the Prophet Elijah: “When Elijah was born, his father Sobach saw in a vision angels of God around him. They swaddled him with fire and fed him with flames.”