One Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. at the Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia, California, His Grace, Bishop Grigorije of Zahum-Hercegovina, His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, Hieromonk Sava, Abbott of the Tvrdos Monastery, local clergy, and the faithful prayerfully gathered for an All-Night Vigil (Feast Day Vigil and Divine Liturgy) for the Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.
His Grace Bishop Sergije of Middle Europe visited Osnabrück, Germany, on 5 November 2014, on the 70th anniversary of suffering of Serbian officers in the then camp being bombed by allies.
On the feast-day of Saint Amphilochius of Iconium His Grace Bishop Sergije of Middle Europe officiated the Holy Liturgy in Osnabrück and visited the graveyard with priests and faitfhful, where he served memorial service for several hundreds Serbian officers who ended their martyr life in the prison of Osnabrück in 1944.
A small Serbian community, an example of harmony and Christian love
In the region which is located on the south of the city of Sidney, the largest area is called Ilawara, which main center is Wolongong. Serbs began very early to settle in these areas. The first written records date to the time before the First World War. The name of our Serb Uskokovich is permanently engraved on a local memorial gate dedicated to the suffered Australians in the Great War.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop-Administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America of the Serbian Patriarchate, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Sava in Buenos Aires on 29 November 2014.
He was concelebrate by administrator of the Diocese father Stefan Jovanovic, as well as protodeacons Nikola Radish and Igor Balaban. Presbyter BrankoStanisic from the parish of Saint Nicholas in Machagai (province of Chaco) along with believers sang responses during the Holy Liturgy.
His Grace Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Litoral Amfilohije, Bishop-Administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America, which are in the canonical visit to this Diocese, met with Orthodox bishops in Argentina on 27 November 2014.
During this afternoon Metropolitan Amfilohije visited Bishop Leonid of Argentina and South America (Moscow Patriarchate), Metropolitan Tarasiy of Buenos Aires and exarch of South America (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Metropolitan Silouan (Moussi) of Buenos Aires and Argentina (Patriarchate of Antioch).
When the Most-holy Virgin Mary reached the age of three, her holy parents Joachim and Anna took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem to dedicate her to the service of God according to their earlier promise. It was a three-day journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem but, traveling to do a God-pleasing work, this journey was not difficult for them. Many kinsmen of Joachim and Anna gathered in Jerusalem to take part in this event, at which the invisible angels of God were also present. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the Most-holy Virgin, led on one side by her father and on the other side by her mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments as was befitting the “King’s daughter, the Bride of God” (Psalm 45:13-15).
Following them were many kinsmen and friends, all with lighted tapers. Fifteen steps led up to the Temple. Joachim and Anna lifted the Virgin onto the first step, then she ran quickly to the top herself, where she was met by the High Priest Zacharias, who was to be the father of St. John the Forerunner. Taking her by the hand, he led her not only into the Temple, but into the “Holy of Holies,” the holiest of holy places, into which no one but the high priest ever entered, and only once each year, at that. St. Theophylact of Ohrid says that Zacharias “was outside himself and possessed by God” when he led the Virgin into the holiest place in the Temple, beyond the second curtain-otherwise, his action could not be explained. Mary’s parents then offered sacrifice to God according to the Law, received the priest’s blessing and returned home.