On February 26th (February 13th according to Julian calendar) we commemorate: The Venerable Simeon (Myrrh-Gusher), from whose relics flowed myrrh – Chrism
Stefan Nemanja, the great ruler (Great Zupan) of the Serbian people, the consolidator of Serbian lands, creator of the independent Serbian state, defender of Orthodoxy and exterminator of heresy. At first, he was baptized in the Latin Church but later left this Church and embraced the Orthodox Church.
Please join Serbs from around the tri-state area and our featured accordionists on Saturday, March 9th at the American Serbian Club (Sarah St., South Side - Pittsburgh) as we "EXTEND A LIFELINE WITH MUSIC"! Proceeds directly benefit Lifeline, HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia's principal charity. Lifeline began its humanitarian work in 1993 in response to the tragedies faced by our Serbian orphans, refugees, and the disabled during the decade-long struggles in Serbia. The organization focuses on helping the disadvantaged children of Serbia and through generous worldwide contributions, Lifeline provides direct aid for those in need. The lifeline you extend in support of this event will let our disadvantaged hear your voice, give them strength, and help change their lives forever!
Could you imagine living in constant, chronic pain? Try to picture waking up experiencing agonizing pain; envision going about your day hurting, and then going back to sleep at night, the way you felt when you woke up, or possibly worse. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second. Now attempt to imagine not being able to get rid of that pain, no matter what you do. It’s always there.
Dear Brothers and Sisters! I express my heartfelt congratulations to you on this feast day of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple and the Day of Orthodox Youth.
Turning my mind’s eye to the events which led to the establishment of this church holiday, we and Righteous Simeon both joyfully greet the Savior Who was brought to the Temple of Jerusalem. But this event, in addition to its historic significance, has another symbolic meaning: in this we see the mystical meeting of the Creator and His creation, the personal meeting of mankind and God.
Holy City of Jerusalem, 30 January 2012
Esteemed Members of the City Council,
Fellow Leaders of our Religious Ccommunities,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this holiday season, our hearts and minds are turned to that great promise that forms the origin of the Abrahamic traditions. This is the promise of peace. Peace is the foundation of the name of Jerusalem itself and the promise of our very destiny as a city.