This year’s Annual March for Life took place in Washington D.C. on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Thousands of people of all ages gathered with the common purpose of affirming the preservation of the lives of the unborn. The March for Life is a collective expression of the value of life. Thousands come together peaceably and march in an orderly fashion. The marchers come from various backgrounds and throughout the United States and beyond.
People of different races and religious identities are involved in the March. The large amount of young marchers reflects well on the condition of youth in this country and is a sign of hope for the future. Christians are the largest group. I travelled with a group from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, Pennsylvania led by Rev. Deacon Alexander Cadman. My granddaughters Brittany Joy and Jesse Hope came for their third March. Our group joined with hierarchs, clergy and faithful Orthodox Christians from different communities. At the conclusion of the March, a memorial service was held for the unborn having lost their lives through abortion.
Parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia gathered at the nearby Monongahela River for the annual blessing during the time of Theophany. This year the river blessing took place on the Saturday after Theophany, January 24 following the Divine Liturgy. A service was held at the river’s edge and an ice cross was placed in the river. Christ’s baptism by John in the Jordan continues to be celebrated and have meaning in the present.
The central program on the occasion of the marking of the 73rd anniversary of the Novi Sad Raid was held at the Quai of the Raid Victims at noon, on Friday, 23rd January, 2015.
Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian Armed Forces, the city of Novi Sad, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Jewish Community in Novi Sad, ambassadors of Israel and Hungary in Serbia, as well as lots of people gathered at the monument of the Families; by this act they wanted to show that the terrible event from January 1942 has was not forgotten and that our duty was to remember innocently killed victims.
Upon the recommendation of His Grace Bishop Longin the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded Dr. Howard Grundy and Nick Malinovich with the “St. Sava Order” of the Third Degree and Darlene Jovanovich with the “Carica Milica” Order.
Dr. Howard Grundy is the President of the church board at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Joliet, Illinois. He has distinguished himself in devotion and dedication to the parish, as well as being a great contributor. He joined parish in 1995 and ever since he has actively participated in all parish endeavors. His leadership has been very constructive and positive in all aspects of church life.
Nick Malinovich was born in Joliet. He was raised in St. George Parish, serving as an altar boy and in many other capacities. He has been on the church board for the last 40 years in various capacities, several times as president and currently serves as the first vice president. He grew together with the parish, participating in all areas and actively supporting all church projects. Beside being active in the local parish Nick has served on the Diocesan and Church National level. He is presently the member of the Diocesan Council and the Central Church Council.
The Annual blessing of the Monongahela River near St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania in connection with the Feast of Theophany began in 1999 and has continued to the present. Parishioners come to the riverside and the St. George Choir sings responses. An ice cross prepared by Sonia Janson is placed in the river at the conclusion of the service.