The Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven

The angels of God were celebrated by men from earliest times but this celebration was often turned into the divinization of angels (IV Kings 23:5 [II Kgs KJV]). The heretics wove all sorts of fables concerning the angels. Some of them looked upon angels as gods; others, although they did not consider them gods, called them the creators of the whole visible world. The local Council of Laodicea (four or five years before the First Ecumenical Council) rejected the worship of angels as gods and established the proper veneration of angels in its Thirty-fifth Canon.

In the fourth century, during the time of Sylvester, Pope of Rome, and Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria, the present Feast of Archangel Michael and all the other heavenly powers was instituted for celebration in the month of November. Why precisely in November? Because November is the ninth month after March, and March is considered to be the month in which the world was created. Also, as the ninth month after March, November was chosen for the nine orders of angels who were created first. St. Dionysius the Areopagite, a disciple of the Apostle Paul (who was taken up into the third heaven), described these nine orders of angels in his book, On the Celestial Hierarchies, as follows: six-winged Seraphim, many-eyed Cherubim, God-bearing Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. The leader of all the angelic hosts is the Archangel Michael. 

Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”

Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”
Promotion of the “Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia”

Under the patronage of the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Slovakia Mr. Marko Madjaric, a promotion of the publication of the Serbian Manuscripts in Slovakia was held in the University Library of Slovakia in Bratislava on 9 November 2017.

The present publication on the Serbian manuscripts in Slovakia is a result of the work of a scientific commission of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate.  All the known Serbian medieval manuscripts located in Slovakia are exposed and scientifically described in this book.

Feast of the Translation of the Relics of Saint George

On this day we commemorate the translation of the relics of St. George, from Nicomedia, where he suffered at the time of Emperor Diocletian, to the city of Lydda in Palestine. The suffering of this wonderful saint is described on April 23. Anticipating his martyrdom, St. George begged his servant to take his relics to Palestine, where his mother had been born, and where he had distributed his large estate to the poor. The servant did so. During the reign of Emperor Constantine, pious Christians built a beautiful church to St. George in Lydda and, upon the consecration of that church, the relics of the saint were interred there. Innumerable miracles have occurred from these miracle-working relics of St. George, the great-martyr of Christ.

The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica

The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica

The feast of Saint Demetrius, the Patron Saint-day of Kosovska Mitrovica, was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Liturgy which was officiated by His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of the local clergy, in the Cathedral Church of Saint Demetrius the Great Martyr on 12 November 2017.

Following the Holy Liturgy, the Bishop with the clergy led the festal procession through the streets of the town until the main square where he blessed  the slava cake. Among the present congregation there was Mr. Marko Djuric, head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Repunlic of Serbia.

St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery

St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery

In the monastery of Gracanica on 12 November 2017, the founder’s Patron Saint-day, the feast day of Saint King Stefan II Milutin, was solemnly celebrated. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of  clergy of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren.

The Bishop was concelebrated by monks from many monasteries as well, with participation of lots of belivers from Gracanica and other areas of Kosovo and Metohija attending the service. At the end of the Liturgy Bishop Teodosije blessed and cut the slava cake, whereas the sisterhood of the monastery prepared a lunch.

Saint Sebastian Orthodox Press Slava

Saint Sebastian Orthodox Press Slava
Saint Sebastian Orthodox Press Slava
Saint Sebastian Orthodox Press Slava
Saint Sebastian Orthodox Press Slava

Sebastian Press was established in 2006 by the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, based on the vision of its, at that time, newly enthroned Bishop Dr. Maxim (Vasiljevic) and named in honor of a first American born Orthodox priest, Fr. Sebastian Dabovich, a great missionary and pioneer of the Orthodox Church in the West, and now a Saint of San Francisco and Jackson.

Sebastian Press is one of the prevalent and most dynamic publishers of Christian Orthodox publications on the West Coast and in the USA.It has enriched Christian literature in the English language during the last few years with almost 100 titles in print from many of the best living and classical Orthodox writers, with its valuable translations of the interesting and resourceful works of Serbian, Greek, and other theologians to English. With its capable manager protinica Rada Bojovic, the St. Sebastian Orthodox Press is assisting with the logistics related to many Diocesan and other Pan-Orthodox events in USA.