Sermon of Saint Sava on the True Faith delivered at Monastery Zica, 1220

Brothers and friends and fathers and children called by God, lend your God-loving hearts to hearing the divine dogmas. And hearing these holy words place them, brothers, in your hearts and the conscience of your souls and before the eyes of your mind and understand them.

God, all merciful and lover of mankind, having immeasurable mercy for man, bowed the Heavens and descended to earth, and with His Divine Dispensation and voluntary bearing of many different sufferings to His Divine Body, enlightened the human race; and He sent to the whole world the Holy Apostles, saying: „Go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit“.

Life of Our Holy Father Sava I

Life of Our Holy Father Sava I
Life of Our Holy Father Sava I
Life of Our Holy Father Sava I
Life of Our Holy Father Sava I

The Serbian Grand Zhupan (Patriarchal leader) Stephen Nemanja had two sons, Stephen and Vukan; yet, he and his wife Anna desired, if it be God's will, to have another child. Their pious prayers ascended before God, Who heard their petition and blessed them with their last child, a son who was born in the year of our Lord 1175.

At baptism the child was given the name Rastko, a name derived from the Old Slavonic verb "rasti" which means "to grow." And grow divinely he did. There were many special things about Rastko: he was a lovely child, with pronounced features and smooth skin, and possessed, already in his childhood, an unusually alert and pious demeanor. Little did Rastko's parents and all those of the Royal Court (and even the entire Serb nation) realize that his birth and baptism into Orthodoxy would providentially set in motion their own historical and spiritual journey, which would result in the blossoming of their Christian faith, nation hood and total Christian cultural orientation. This young child, Rastko, whose monastic name later was Sava, became and still remains the most beloved of all Serbian Orthodox saints, considered by all Serbs everywhere and at all times as the ultimate expression and example of what it means to be fully human, that is, what it means to be a devout and committed follower of Jesus Christ.

Celebrating the Holy Day of the Epiphany in the Orthodox Church in New York

A number of clergymen and the Faithful gathered together at the New York church of Saint Eleftherios during the celebration of the Holy Day of Epiphany. 

His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Eastern America led the Divine Liturgy. Accompanying His Grace were the Dean of the Cathedral of St. Sava in New York, V. Rev. Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, V. Rev. Aleksa Micich, V. Rev. Protodeacon Milos Zdralic, V. Rev. Protodeacon Dr. Jovan Anicic and Deacon Stefan Djordjic. Srdjan Maksimovic, doctoral candidate in the Department of Theology at Fordham University in New York and George Tomic, graduate student at New York’s St. Vladimir Seminary, sang the responses.

Parish Patron Saint Slava and Church School Slava in Lackawanna

Parish Patron Saint Slava and Church School Slava in Lackawanna
Parish Patron Saint Slava and Church School Slava in Lackawanna
Parish Patron Saint Slava and Church School Slava in Lackawanna
Parish Patron Saint Slava and Church School Slava in Lackawanna

Saint Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church in Lackawanna, New York celebrated a festive weekend on January 12 and 13, 2019, blessed by the participation of its spiritual father, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America.

In addition to commemorating Saints Joseph the Betrothed, James the Brother of the Lord, and the Prophet King David, the saints that the Church remembers on the Sunday after Nativity, the parish had a joint Slava celebration, commemorating the Holy Archdeacon Stephen, the First Martyr, and Saint Sava, the patron of the Church School and children.

Church Patronal Feast Commemoration in Halifax, Northern England

Church Patronal Feast Commemoration in Halifax, Northern England
Church Patronal Feast Commemoration in Halifax, Northern England
Church Patronal Feast Commemoration in Halifax, Northern England
Church Patronal Feast Commemoration in Halifax, Northern England

On Sunday 20th January 2019, the church patron and the parish intercessor before our Lord God - the Holy prophet, forerunner and Baptist John was commemorated.

The Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom was served by Archpriest Zarko Nedic, of Holy Trinity church in Bradford, the hierarchical dean for Great Britain & Ireland. At the chantors stand sang father Aleksandar Ilic, Nedeljko (Nedjo) Karagic and Slobodan (Borko) Budimir. Following Holy communion of the clergy, father Zarko orated an educational sermon, which included a short account about the life of the Holy Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John.

Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist in Zagreb

Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist in Zagreb
Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist in Zagreb
Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist in Zagreb
Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist in Zagreb

On Sunday, 20 January 2019, on the feast-day of the Synaxis of Saint John the Baptist, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana celebrated his patron saint day (slava).

Saint John the Baptist – Patron Saint-day of Bishop Irinej of Backa

Saint John the Baptist – Patron Saint-day of Bishop Irinej of Backa
Saint John the Baptist – Patron Saint-day of Bishop Irinej of Backa
Saint John the Baptist – Patron Saint-day of Bishop Irinej of Backa
Saint John the Baptist – Patron Saint-day of Bishop Irinej of Backa

On Sunday, 20 January 2019, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa celebrated his patron Saint.

Bishop David of Krusevac officiated the Eucharistic gathering in the Cathedral church in Novi Sad with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Arsenije of Nis, Nikodim of Dalmatia, Heruvim of Osek-Polje and Baranja, host – Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa, Isihije of Mohacs, as well as of Very Venerable Archimandrites Vasilije (Kostic) and Prokopije (Tajara).