Monastery church dedication feast in Gornje Zabsko

One of the most famous monasteries dedicated to the Translation of the relics of the Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stefan, the 15th of August, is the monastery of the Diocese of Vranje in the village of Gornje Zabsko. The feat was celebrated solemnly.

 His Garce Pahomije, Bishop of Vranje, served a festive vigil service, with concelebration of the abbot of the monastery of the Venerable Prohor of Pcinja, Archimandrite Metodije (Markovic), MA, and the archpriest-staurophore Novica Nikolic, on August 14, 2020. The nuns of the St. Stephen's convent sang responses at the vigil.

On the next day, August 15, 2020, His Grace the Bishop officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. Archimandrite Metodije (Markovic), MA, priest Dalibor Jovic and deacons Micko Mickovic and Nebojsa Stevanovic concelebrated.

The Bishop performed the rite of blessing the feast gifts and broke the feast wheat loaf prepared by the sisterhood of the St. Stephen's monastery, with their abbess Abbess Jefremija, as well as with the sponsor of the feast, Mr. Dragan Djordjevic from Vranje. On that occasion, he blessed the sponsor for the next year, Mr. Slobodan Mitic from Vranje.

At the end of the Liturgy Bishop Pahomije delivered a festive sermon.

Source: Diocese of Vranje