Thanksgiving Encyclical 2017

November 9/22, 2017
LIBERTYVILLE

Thanksgiving Day 2017

“Without thanksgiving to God there can be no progress in the spiritual life. Ceaseless thanksgiving to God is noble seed from which, if it is watered by the tears of unceasing repentance, a beautiful fruit grows— love for God.” - Saint Nicholai [Velimirovic], Prologue of Ohrid

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Executive Boards and Members of the Church-School Congregations of the Serbian Orthodox Communities in North and South America, the Circles of Serbian Sisters of our Parishes and Dioceses, the beloved Children and Youth and the entire Serbian Orthodox Family in North and South America: Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

100th Anniversary Celebration of Saint Nicholas church in Hamilton (Burton)

100th Anniversary Celebration of Saint Nicholas church in Hamilton (Burton)
100th Anniversary Celebration of Saint Nicholas church in Hamilton (Burton)
100th Anniversary Celebration of Saint Nicholas church in Hamilton (Burton)
100th Anniversary Celebration of Saint Nicholas church in Hamilton (Burton)

On November 4th and 5th, there was a 2-day celebration to commemorate the oldest Serbian Orthodox Church in eastern Canada. On Saturday morning a large number of parishioners attended a memorial service in the church. At this service, they prayed for their departed family members as well as for the souls of the departed parishioners and women in the “kolo sestara.”

Then, a group of parishioners visited the site where the first church was built and consecrated in 1917.  Multiple generations were represented in this crowd; teenagers to a 97-year-old parishioner.  For some, it was a history lesson and for others, it was a time to reminisce about days gone by.  They were able to enter the building which was originally built as the Serbian Community Centre.  It was remarkable to see that some aspects of the hall remained intact.  Parishioners shared stories and memories and it was a wonderful trip down memory lane.

Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”

Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”

Under the patronage of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovakia Mr. Marko Madjaric, a promotion of the publication of the Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia was held in the University Library of Slovakia in Bratislava on 9 November 2017.

The present publication on the Serbian manuscripts in Slovakia is a result of the work of a scientific commission of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate.  All the known Serbian medieval manuscripts located in Slovakia are exposed and scientifically described in this book.

Feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint George

On this day we commemorate the translation of the relics of St. George, from Nicomedia, where he suffered at the time of Emperor Diocletian, to the city of Lydda in Palestine. The suffering of this wonderful saint is described on April 23. Anticipating his martyrdom, St. George begged his servant to take his relics to Palestine, where his mother had been born, and where he had distributed his large estate to the poor. The servant did so. During the reign of Emperor Constantine, pious Christians built a beautiful church to St. George in Lydda and, upon the consecration of that church, the relics of the saint were interred there. Innumerable miracles have occurred from these miracle-working relics of St. George, the great-martyr of Christ.

The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica

The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica

The feast of Saint Demetrius, the Patron Saint-day of Kosovska Mitrovica, was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Liturgy which was officiated by His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of the local clergy, in the Cathedral Church of Saint Demetrius the Great Martyr on 12 November 2017.

Following the Holy Liturgy, the Bishop with the clergy led the festal procession through the streets of the town until the main square where he blessed  the slava cake. Among the present congregation there was Mr. Marko Djuric, head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Repunlic of Serbia.

St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery

St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery

In the monastery of Gracanica on 12 November 2017, the founder’s Patron Saint-day, the feast day of Saint King Stefan II Milutin, was solemnly celebrated. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of  clergy of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren.

The Bishop was concelebrated by monks from many monasteries as well, with participation of lots of belivers from Gracanica and other areas of Kosovo and Metohija attending the service. At the end of the Liturgy Bishop Teodosije blessed and cut the slava cake, whereas the sisterhood of the monastery prepared a lunch.