Friday, September 11, 2015 - On Friday, September 11, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Irinej will be serving the Divine Liturgy at Saint George Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Following the Divine Liturgy, at 1:00 p.m., a formal luncheon will be served in the church hall. For more information, please, call the church office in Elizabeth at (908) 265-0585. At 5:00 p.m., at the Academy of Saint Vladimir in Yonkers (575 Scarsdale Road, Yonkers, NY), His Holiness Patriarch Irinej will be decorated with the honorary doctorate in Theological Studies.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 - On Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Irinej will be celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of Saint Sava in New York. Concelebrants will be the host Bishop Mitrofan, Bishop Maksim of the Western Diocese, Bishops from Serbia, and other Orthodox jurisdiction and the clergy. We will greet the Patriarch with the procession at 9:30 a.m., in front of the Cathedral on the 25th Street. After the Divine Liturgy, at 1:00 p.m., a formal luncheon for the Patriarch and the guests will be served in the church hall. For more information, please, call Saint Sava’s church office at (212) 242-9240.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - On Sunday, September 13, 2015, the guests Bishops will join the host Bishop Mitrofan for the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ, at 10:00 a.m. Following the Divine Liturgy, luncheon will be served at the church hall. For additional information, please, contact the church office in Paterson at (646) 808-9554. We ask all Washington Deanery parishioners to take part in these solemn celebrations of his Holiness’ visit.
Blessed with excellent weather after many weeks of rain, St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio, hosted their most successful annual Serbian Festival yet on Saturday, July 25. Held year after year on the last Saturday in July, the Festival’s venue has always been outdoors on the church grounds; so we always pray for good weather and, as usual, God answers our prayers!
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Preach at the Divine Liturgy of Canonization of St. Sebastian Dabovich9. September 2015 - 9:02
The festivities of the Diocesan Days gathering of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America continued on Saturday with the celebration of the festal Matins and Divine Liturgy for the canonization of the Serbian-American missionary saint Sebastian Dabovich. His Grace Maxim and his clergy and people were joined by Orthodox clergy and faithful of the area and from all over America and beyond. Amongst the visiting hierarchs the jurisdictions of the Greek, Russian (both Moscow Patriarchal and ROCOR), Georgian, Bulgarian, and American (OCA) Orthodox Churches were represented.
"How beautiful and what a great blessing it is to be gathered here in church, in God's house," His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej exclaimed with joy at the conclusion of the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the third and final day of this year's Diocesan Days. And truly what a blessing it is each and every year when the entire diocese - the clergy and laity - come together and gather in one place, around one altar, around their hierarch on that most sacred day of Sunday, the Lord's Day, for the Holy Eucharist.
This year the faithful of the Western American Diocesan had the added joy of having the first hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, lead them in that eucharistic joy.