Your Holiness, let me cordially congratulate You
enthronement to the office of patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. I am
convinced that you will successfully lead , by clever deeds ,through
understanding and love the orthodox Russian people, developing good relations
with the sister Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people, which had in You,
in the most difficult moments, always the faithful friend and spiritual patron.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of the Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar of the Patriarch, priesthood and deacons, served The Holy Hierachal Liturgy in a small St Sava`s Day church in Vrachar, on a day when the Serbian Orthodox Church remembers with a prayer and celebrates its founder and its first Archbishop - St Sava.
St Sava, the first Archbishop and the Serbian teacher, asevery year, is properly celebrated at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade. His Grace Irinej of Bachka, a dean ofthe Faculty, and professor were greathosts of the two-day celebration which was dedicated to St Sava.
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America made an archpastoral visit to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Boston on Sunday, January 25, 2009 on the occasion of their Church Slava. Bishop Mitrophan officiated at the Divine Liturgy assisted by the host priest V. Rev. Aleksandar Vlajkovic and local clergy. Following the cutting of the Slava Kolach the bishop attended the parish's annual St. Sava Day Program.
On January 27, the Georgian Orthodox Church marks St. Nino's Day. In all churches of Georgian Patriarchate will be heldspecial festive prayer. His Holiness Ilia the Second, Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgians, is delivering a religious service at Sioni Cathedral.
On January 26, Saint Nina's Cross was brought to the Dusk Prayer and put down at the center of the temple. This is the very cross with which the saint baptized the whole Georgia. The believers will have a chance to visit the cathedral in the evening of January 27 and worship the miraculous cross.
Twenty-six St. Vladimir's seminarians, along with family members, seminary staff, and SVS Chancellor Archpriest Chad Hatfield, joined a large "Orthodox Christians for Life" contingent in the annual "March for Life" in Washington, D.C. on January 22, 2009. This year marks the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion, and the SVS delegation traveled to the nation's capital to show their compassionate and protective stance toward the unborn and to express their strong disagreement with the Supreme Court decision.