Celebrations of the feast of Saint Sava, the First Serbian Archbishop, in Belgrade

On the feast-day of the Venerable and the God-Bearer our Father Sava, the First Serbian Archbishop, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava.

His Holiness was concelebrated by the abbot of the monastery of the Mother of God the Three-handed in Bogostica , Archimandrite Nifont, Principal of Saint Sava’s Cathedral, Archimandrite Stefan, General Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops protopresbyter-staurophor Savo B. Jovic,PhD aas well as other clergimen.

St. Sava’s Feast-day in Wellington, New Zealand

St. Sava’s Feast-day in Wellington, New Zealand
St. Sava’s Feast-day in Wellington, New Zealand
St. Sava’s Feast-day in Wellington, New Zealand
St. Sava’s Feast-day in Wellington, New Zealand

St. Sava’s church in the capital city of New Zealand ceremoniously celebrated its patron feast-day, on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

The ceremony began with the Holy Liturgy, which was headed by hieromonk Meletius from the monastery of Holy Archangels in Levin, with the concelebration of Predrag Grubački, parish priest of Wellington. After the Divine Liturgy and a procession, a Slava cake (loaf) was prepared by the hosts of the feast, the Brasic family. A part of the cake was handed over to the hosts for the next year, the Lovrić family. After the celebration, the children demonstrated to what an extent the St. Sava’s way was deeply rooted in the Serbian soul. Recitations, poems and stories prepared by the little ones with so much affection did not leave indifferent anyone present.

Saint Sava marked in Arad, Romania

Saint Sava marked in Arad, Romania
Saint Sava marked in Arad, Romania
Saint Sava marked in Arad, Romania
Saint Sava marked in Arad, Romania

On the day when our Holy Church celebrates its first Archbishop St. Sava in Arad, in Romania, the Holy Hierarchal  Liturgy was served by the Archbishop of Arad Timothy and the Serbian Orthodox  Bishop of Hungary and  administrator of the Timisoara Lukian.

The clergy and monks of the Archdiocese of Arad and from the dioceses of Timisoara and Budim (Hungary) celebrated as well. At the end of the Holy Liturgy, a slava cake was presented in honor of Saint Sava, and the memory rite for the founders of this church - members of the Tekelija family and for all deceased teachers and students from our nation was performed as well. Archbishop Timothy conveyed  best wishes and greetings of the Patriarch of Romania His |Beatitude  Daniel, on the occasion of the great Serbian feast-day, as well as of all those who live together in this area and who with their deeds and love testify to it that we are one in the Holy and Apostolic Church.

Moscow: St. Sava celebrated in the church of Holy Apostles

Moscow: St. Sava celebrated in the church of Holy Apostles
Moscow: St. Sava celebrated in the church of Holy Apostles
Moscow: St. Sava celebrated in the church of Holy Apostles
Moscow: St. Sava celebrated in the church of Holy Apostles

In the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Moscow, the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the great feast-day of St. Sava, the first Archbishop of the Serbian Church, was officially marked.

His Grace Bishop Antonije of Moravica, Vicar Bishop of Patriarch Irinej, served a vigil on the evening of the feast-day, along with the priests attached to that church. On the very feast-day  the Divine Lituregy was headed by His Grace Paisius of Shchygro and Mantura . with concelebration  of Antony and a number of priests and hieromonks.

Saint Sava celebrated in Novi Sad

Saint Sava celebrated in Novi Sad
Saint Sava celebrated in Novi Sad
Saint Sava celebrated in Novi Sad
Saint Sava celebrated in Novi Sad

Faithful people of Novi Sad headed by their  diocesan Bishop prayerfully celebrated the feast-day of the first Serbian Archbishop Saint Sava.

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa officiated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of the clergy of the Cathedral church of Novi Sad. His Grace the Bishop delivered a sermon, whereafter the school-children presented a spitual academy. After the pre-ambon prayer, the Bishop blessed the slava cake.

Why we don’t fast during the week of the Publican and Pharisee, and other questions

Question: Hello Father! Why don’t we observe the Wednesday and Friday fast during the week of the Publican and the Pharisee? Thank you! Respectfully, Olga.

Answer by Hieromonk Job (Gumerov):

The parable of the publican and the Pharisee gives an image of the spiritual truth that God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble (Js. 4:6). The Pharisees were representatives of the social-religious trend in Judea during the second century B.C. Their distinguishing characteristic was an intense zeal for observing the Law of Moses. Religious life requires that a person be attentive to himself, that he have moral sensitivity, humility, and pure intentions. If he doesn’t have these, a hardness of heart gradually creeps in on him. Then a pseudo-spirituality inevitably comes. The result is spiritual death. If instead of humility there is self-opinion and pride, instead of sacrificial love there is spiritual egoism, then it is not hard for the devil to take over such a person and make him an accomplice in his evil deeds. People who are unbelieving or spiritually inattentive do not even know or guess how often they do just what the enemy of our salvation wants them to do.

Parish Slava and St. Sava Celebration in Lackawanna

Parish Slava and St. Sava Celebration in Lackawanna
Parish Slava and St. Sava Celebration in Lackawanna
Parish Slava and St. Sava Celebration in Lackawanna
Parish Slava and St. Sava Celebration in Lackawanna

As has been the custom for many years at the parish of St. Stephen the Archdeacon and First Martyr in Lackawanna, New York, on January 13 and 14, 2018, the faithful celebrated, with their Hierarch and Father, Bishop Irinej, the commemoration of two heavenly protectors: St. Stephen, the patron saint of the parish, and St. Sava, the patron saint of all Serbian schools and children. Sladjan and Ruza Petrovic and family were the kumovi for the parish slava.

The festal services began with vespers on Saturday evening at which the parish priest, Economos Vladislav Golic, served with Protodeacon Milos Zdralic under the omophorion of Bishop Irinej, who officiated from the Episcopal Throne. The devoted faithful were in attendance, singing the responses together with guest reader and chanter Nemanja Jovanovic, student of Theology from the University of Belgrade.