Annual Assembly of the Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters In Cleveland

Annual Assembly of the Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters In Cleveland
Annual Assembly of the Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters In Cleveland
Annual Assembly of the Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters In Cleveland
Annual Assembly of the Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters In Cleveland

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, the Federation of Circles of Serbian Sisters of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, held their bi-annual and election meeting at St Sava Cathedral, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The day began with a warm and inviting breakfast which was prepared by the host Kolo, the St Petka Circle of Serbian Sisters from the Cathedral. The Cleveland and Pittsburgh Deaneries were particularly well represented.

The Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven

The angels of God were celebrated by men from earliest times but this celebration was often turned into the divinization of angels (IV Kings 23:5 [II Kgs KJV]). The heretics wove all sorts of fables concerning the angels. Some of them looked upon angels as gods; others, although they did not consider them gods, called them the creators of the whole visible world. The local Council of Laodicea (four or five years before the First Ecumenical Council) rejected the worship of angels as gods and established the proper veneration of angels in its Thirty-fifth Canon.

In the fourth century, during the time of Sylvester, Pope of Rome, and Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria, the present Feast of Archangel Michael and all the other heavenly powers was instituted for celebration in the month of November. Why precisely in November? Because November is the ninth month after March, and March is considered to be the month in which the world was created. Also, as the ninth month after March, November was chosen for the nine orders of angels who were created first. St. Dionysius the Areopagite, a disciple of the Apostle Paul (who was taken up into the third heaven), described these nine orders of angels in his book, On the Celestial Hierarchies, as follows: six-winged Seraphim, many-eyed Cherubim, God-bearing Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. The leader of all the angelic hosts is the Archangel Michael. 

Festive academy on the occasion of Two Centuries of the small Cathedral church in Nis

Festive academy on the occasion of Two Centuries of the small Cathedral church in Nis
Festive academy on the occasion of Two Centuries of the small Cathedral church in Nis
Festive academy on the occasion of Two Centuries of the small Cathedral church in Nis
Festive academy on the occasion of Two Centuries of the small Cathedral church in Nis

With an evening service at the Cathedral Church dedicated to the Assembly of Holy Archangels in Nis and a solemn academy in the Saint Sava House,  the central celebration of 200 years since the construction of this beloved church in Nis was marked on November 16, 2019.

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis, Vesper Service was officiated by His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac, followed by a solemn academy in the Saint Sava’s House in honor of the Jubilee. After the anthem O, God of Justice, performed by the Nis Church Choral Society Branko, directed by Mrs. Sara Cincarevic, a documentary about a small Cathedral church was screened, the script of which was written by Deacon Dalibor Midic and Mrs. Marina Milutinovic.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul at Kucanci

Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul at Kucanci
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul at Kucanci
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul at Kucanci
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the church of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul at Kucanci

In the birthplace of Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose, some two thousand people from several dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church gathered in the morning hours on the feast day of Saint George, November 16, 2019, to participate in the solemn act of consecrating the Holy Apostles church at Kucanci (photo gallery).

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, arrived, accompanied by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia and other hierarchs, arrived in the churchyard, where the ceremonial gauntlet consisted of the Guardians of the Tomb of Christ, women dressed in Slavonian folk costume, pious people from the Diocese of Slavonia with clergy, monastics and guests from all over Serbia.

Patron Saint-day of Novi Sad celebrated

Patron Saint-day of Novi Sad celebrated
Patron Saint-day of Novi Sad celebrated
Patron Saint-day of Novi Sad celebrated
Patron Saint-day of Novi Sad celebrated

Patron Saint-day of Novi Sad – The restoration of the church of Saint George the Great Martyr was marked with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and a solemn academy.

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with concelebration of His Grace Bishop Isihije of Mohacs and the clergy of the Diocese of Backa in the church of Saint George in Novi Sad on 3/16 November 2019. The Liturgy was attended by Mr. Milos Vucevic, Mayor of Novi Sad; Mr. Miroslav Ilic, Assistant to Provincial Secretary of Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities; Professor Dr. Dragan Stanic, President of the Matica Srpska; Mr. Selimir Radulovic, Head of the Library of the Matica Srpska; Dr. Radivoje Stojkovic, Principal of the Grammar School Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj; Mr. Zoran Vapa, Director of the Provincial Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments; Mr. Petar Djurdjev, Director of the History Archives of the City of Novi Sad and by many other representatives of the public and cultural life of Novi Sad.