St. Sava Celebration and Archpastoral Visit

St. Sava Celebration and Archpastoral Visit
St. Sava Celebration and Archpastoral Visit
St. Sava Celebration and Archpastoral Visit
St. Sava Celebration and Archpastoral Visit

It was a wonderful day to celebrate St. Sava Day at our church St. George in Clearwater, Florida (Sunday February 5, 2017).

We were blessed with our first visit of our new Eastern Diocese Bishop, His Grace Bishop Irinej. The Divine Liturgy was beautiful. The community enjoyed how eloquently His Grace spoke in both Serbian and English. A highlight of the day was when His Grace spoke with our children, asking them questions about St. Sava, after the Slava Kolac and Zito were blessed. The children did so well it put smiles on everyone's face, especially His Grace Bishop Irinej. After the liturgy everyone went to the building site of the new parish home which was blessed by His Grace. After the blessing of the parish home a delicious lunch was served by our Kolo sisters. A wonderful children's program followed.

Two Altars in my Life

Two Altars in my Life
Two Altars in my Life
Two Altars in my Life
Two Altars in my Life

On Meatfare Sunday my father, together with my mother, celebrated over four decades of priestly service to the church. I was asked to say a few words, and the first thing which came to mind were my first memories as a child. My fathers altar at church, and my mothers altar at home. Those memories are so real that I think of it daily, which is why this was the first thought which came to mind when I was asked to speak. There were so many things I could've shared watching my parents all these years, but their service to God and His people becomes obvious in the urge and want of their children and even grandchildren to need to serve.

Parish and Monastery Celebrations of Orthodoxy Sunday

Grace and Peace to you as we approach, together, the wreath of Great and Holy Lent!

Our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates annually on the First Sunday of Great and Holy Lent, the radiant feast of the Restoration of Holy Icons of March 11th, 843under the aegis of Empress Theodora, together with her young son, Emperor Michael III and the aged Ecumenical Patriarch Methodius, known as the Triumph of Orthodoxy, or Orthodox Sunday. All of you, without exception, are to join in local Pan-Orthodox celebrations as a visible manifestation of our unity in Christ. A sterling example was given in 1952 for us to follow by our Holy Bishop Nicholai in Cleveland, Ohio. His famous sermon given on that day continues to resonate within Orthodoxy in America.

Saints Sebastian and Mardarije Institute - Day one

Saints Sebastian and Mardarije Institute - Day one
Saints Sebastian and Mardarije Institute - Day one
Saints Sebastian and Mardarije Institute - Day one
Saints Sebastian and Mardarije Institute - Day one

Clergy and faithful filled the St. George Serbian Church in San Diego, the host church of the 3rd Annual Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute, for the morning Orthos service on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the feast day of the Holy Martyr Tryhon of Phrygia. Orthros was served by Hieromonk Fr. Platon (Jovic), a visiting monk from the Diocese of Banja Luka.

His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese welcomed all clergy and laity, many of whom were attending from other dioceses. He welcomed His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese who also greeted everyone at the beginning of this multi-day event. V. Rev. DobrivojeMilunovic, president of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church, greeted the Instittue on behalf of the Brotherhood. Finally, Fr. Damascene introduced this year's speaker Rev. Fr. Vasileios Thermos, MD, PhD.rer