Bishop Maxim Visits Orange County Parish

Bishop Maxim Visits Orange County Parish
Bishop Maxim Visits Orange County Parish
Bishop Maxim Visits Orange County Parish
Bishop Maxim Visits Orange County Parish

On the second Sunday of Great Lent, March 24, 2019, His Grace Bishop Maxim served the Divine Hierachical Liturgy at the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Church in Orange County. Concelebrating with His Grace were Fr. Blasko Paraklis and Deacon Vladan Radovanovic.

The parish faithful welcomed their bishop in front of the church and after receiving his blessings proceeded inside  for the Divine Liturgy. The liturgical responses were sung by Choir Istocnik under the direction of Valentina Swearingen and complemented by Bishop Maxim.

Bishop Irinej attends Fordham Founder’s Dinner

Bishop Irinej attends Fordham Founder’s Dinner
Bishop Irinej attends Fordham Founder’s Dinner
Bishop Irinej attends Fordham Founder’s Dinner
Bishop Irinej attends Fordham Founder’s Dinner

New York City’s eminent Fordham University brought together its founders, scholars and biggest benefactors on monday, march 25, 2019 for Fordham’s signature annual fundraising event: the 18th annual Fordham Founder’s Dinner. The gala raised nearly $2.6 million for the Founder’s Undergraduate Scholarship Fund—the second highest amount in Founder’s history.

More than 1,000 alumni and friends of Fordham attended the black-tie affair at the New York Hilton Midtown—a new venue for the dinner and a hotel that has hosted every U.S. president since John F. Kennedy. Among the many Orthodox Christian dignitaries were His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America (Serbian Orthodox Church), a member of the Advisory Council of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham. Also present were the Co-Directors of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, Professors of Theology, Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou,  Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture, and Dr. George Demacopoulos, Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies.

Greek National Day celebrated in Belgrade

Greek National Day celebrated in Belgrade
Greek National Day celebrated in Belgrade
Greek National Day celebrated in Belgrade
Greek National Day celebrated in Belgrade

On the occasion of the Greek National Day, the Day of liberation from Turkish slavery and in memory of the Greek liberation uprising of 1821, doxology service was officiated in the chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-gusher at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.

The rite of doxology was served by Very Revd. Panagiotis Karatasios, clerk of the Greek Orthodox Church, spiritual father and principal of the monastery of Holy Archangel Gabriel in Zemun; archpriest-stavrophor Milorad Niskić, spiritual father in the same monastery; Revd. Dimitrios Kasapis, a Greek clergyman in Belgrade; protodeacon Stevan Rapajic, principal of the Patriarchate chapel; and Deacon Zdravko Jovanović, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the Orthodox Theological Faculty, University of Belgrade.

Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!

Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!
Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!
Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!
Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!

Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity, Patriarch Irinej said at the State observance of the NATO aggression

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej spoke on March 24, 2019, in Nis at the beginning of the state ceremony marking the twentieth anniversary since the beginning of the NATO aggression upon Serbia.

Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression

Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression
Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression
Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression
Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression

On the second Sunday of Lent, 24 March 2019, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in Nis with the concelebration of the Diocesan Bishop, His Grace Arsenije of Nis.

After the Divine Liturgy, the memorial service (panichida) for all those who had lost their lives during the inhumane NATO aggression in 1999 was served. The Cathedral church was full with the faithful.

Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO bombardment

The state ceremony of marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO bombardment this year will be held in Nis, the city of great suffering during the NATO aggression in 1999. 

The memorial service to the suffered in the NATO aggression, which will be served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will be attended by the whole state leadership headed by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic as well as the highest representatives of the Republic of Srpska. The attacks of the NATO alliance which began pn 24 March 1999 lasted for 11 weeks and during them, according to estimates of different sources, between 1200 and 2500 died, while infrastructure, businesses, schools, medical institutions, media outlets, religious buildings, and cultural monuments were damaged. 

Metropolitan Porfirije received by Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana visited the President of the Government of Republic of Croatia Mr. Andrej Plenkovic at Banski Dvori in Zagreb on 18 March 2019.

Prime Minister Plenkovic and Metropolitan Porfirije expressed a desire to continue dialogue and partnership between representatives of the Government and State institutions with representatives of Churches and religious communities in Croatia.