Winter Youth retreat 2018 – Great Success

Full to capacity as usual, the winter youth retreat 2018 was and continues to be a greatSuccess – thanks be to God, His most holy Mother (for protection), Saints, Angels, our good Bishop Longin for blessing it, and great people (especially our sisters and mothers, our clergy and the Youth Department) for putting much work in planning it and also executing it.

The theme for the retreat was: Who am I and where am I going – this also will be the theme for the oratorical Festival 2019. High school students of the Midwest Diocese may apply to write an essay as soon as possible – contact the Diocesan youth director: Priest Dragan Petrovic- Indianapolis.

Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth

Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth
Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth
Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth
Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth

On Sunday January 6th, 2019, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers and Christmas Eve, His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej, Bishop of Eastern America, presided at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the church of St.George the Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer in Elizabeth.

Protopresbyter-stavrophor Zoran Radovic, parish priest in Elizabeth, together with protodeacons Milos Zdralic and Jovan Anicic, concelebrated with His Grace Bishop Irinej. After the reading of the Holy Gospel, Bishop Irinej gave an inspiring sermon. At the very end of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Irinej asked the gathered children about Serbian Father’s Day, and then proceeded to invite them to partake in that tradition with him as their Spiritual Father. The children then tied His Grace with a rope, according to the Serbian custom, a task they completed with much joy and cheerfulness. After the tying, Bishop Irinej explained to the children the significance of this beautiful custom. In order to‘’be redeemed’’, Bishop Irinej gave to each child a chocolate-box as a gift.

Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra

Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra
Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra
Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra
Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra

His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ at the Diocesan See, Saint Steven’s Cathedral, beginning with the Vespers of Christmas on Sunday evening, January 6, 2019.

The Cathedral clergy – Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko and Presbyter Norman Kosanovich – were joined by the Bishop’s Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, the Cathedral Choir, Altar servers, and the hundreds of faithful gathered on a dry evening that followed a soaking rain the previous night and preceded another shower the following morning!

The Patron Saint of the Republic of Srpska – St. Archdeacon Stephen

The Patron Saint of the Republic of Srpska – St. Archdeacon Stephen
The Patron Saint of the Republic of Srpska – St. Archdeacon Stephen
The Patron Saint of the Republic of Srpska – St. Archdeacon Stephen
The Patron Saint of the Republic of Srpska – St. Archdeacon Stephen

On the occasion of the feast of the First-martyr Archdeacon Stephen and the Day of the Republic of Srpska, celebrated on January 9, 2019, His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy patriarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Banja Luka.

The Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by Hrisostom Metropolitan of Dabar-Bosnia, Bishop Jefrem of Banjaluka, Bishop Fotije  of Zvornik-Tuzla, Bishop Sergije of Bihać-Petrovac and Bishop Dimitrije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, as well as by archpriests Ratko Radujkovic and Vojo Balaban, syncells Platon and Teofilo, protodeacon Radojica Zagran and deacon Zoran Djuric.

Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka

Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka
Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka
Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka
Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed ceremoniously in the evening on January 8, 2019 in front of the Holy Trinity church in Banja Luka, where doxology was served (photo gallery).

His Holiness Patriarch was greeted by the President of the Republic of Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister Radovan Viskovic, Chairman of the B&H Presidency Milorad Dodik, and Their Graces Bishops: Jefrem of Banja Luka, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla and Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac.