First Divine Liturgy in one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox Churches

On the Slava of St. Vasilije of the St. Basil of Ostrog parish in Angels Camp, May 2nd, Bishop Maxim had the joy of serving his first Divine Liturgy in one of the oldest Serbian Orthodox Churches which will celebrate its 100th anniversary next May. His Grace, Bishop Maxim was warmly received and truly enjoyed the fellowship and liturgical services with Iguman Gerasim of Platina ,Fr. Miladin Garic, Fr. William Weir and Protodeacon Triva Pavlov.

The Services began with the Orthros of Pasha where his Grace sang along with a small choir and other parishioners. There were many communicants. The service was followed by the blessing of the Slavski Kolac and Zito with the commemoration of the deceased founders and members of the Church. Despite a light drizzle we adjourned to a cemetery in Angels Camp where the graves of several priests and a number of parishioners were blessed and their memory commemorated. It has been more than 20 years since a Hierarchical Liturgy has been served at St Basil's Church. The Faithfull proceeded to Calaveras city where a luncheon feast was prepared and enjoyed by all. Following the service and banquet at the Angels Camp, His Grace travelled to Plymouth, California to officiate at a wedding, after which he flew to San Diego to celebrate the Krsna Slava of the Saint George parish which was to be held the next day on Sunday, May 3, 2009.