Eparchial (Diocesan) News
Mars, PA - A total of fourteen priests and three deacons were in attendance for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasia were present from Monastery Marcha. An additional priest was among those present for the Vigil served by His Grace on the eve of the Slava.
All four Deaneries of the Diocese were represented. Attendees came from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina and Washington D.C.
In his homily, His Grace emphasized the strong connection between the St.Nikodim Chapel and the monasteries and churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church throughout the world and throughout the centuries.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church celebrates its annual Serbian Festival, on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. The festival provides an inexpensive and conveniently local fun-filled day for the entire family. Entrance fee is a $3 donation with children 12 and under free.
A symposium presentation will occur at 12:30pm with the topic: Healing Power of Forgiveness given by The Very Reverend Father Bratso Krsic. This symposium will highlight Orthodox understanding of the healing of the soul through the sacraments.
Source: St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
The feasday of the Assumption of the Holy Theotokos was celebrated most festively at the Church of the Assumption, on the occasion of their Church Slava on Thursday August 28, 2008. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America officiated together with special guest His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budim and Niksic who had just arrived to the diocese for the occasion of their annual Diocesan Days celebration. Ten priests assisted the hierarchs at the liturgy and the reponses were sung by the Belgrade Theological Student Choir, also visiting the Western Diocese for the diocesan celebration.
The Belgrade Theological School Choir sang on Sunday evening at the Russian Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco. Present at the concert of Orthodox music "O Wonderous Glory" were Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America of the Russian Orthodox Church, Bishop Joanikije of Budim and Niksic, Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and Western America of the Orthodox Church in America and the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Western America, Maxim. Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar II and Princess Catherine.
August 1st, 2nd - His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the Women's Monastery of the Nativity of the Forruner, in Goldendale. Gerontissa Evpraxia with the sisters of the Monastery received Bishop Maxim on Friday evening and the next day he celebrated the Divine Liturgy. On Sunday Bishop Maxim celebrated the Liturgy in the Serbian Orthodox Parish of St Stephen the Archdeacon in Portland.
In the morining hours of August 04, 2008, unknown perpetrators demolished 40 meters of wrought iron fence in front of the Church of St. George in Gusinje.
Orthodox believers in Gusinje are very upset by this violence, especially because the perpetrators have not been identified and punished.
The issue in this case is not an insignificant incident, but an attack against an orthodox holy place, provoking religious and national hatred and causing distress to the orthodox believers and all people of good will in Gusinje and the Municipality of Plav. It must be mentioned here that the fence in front of the Church of St. George has been demolished several times in the past, but the perpetrators have never been identified or punished.
Orthodox Diocese of Budimlje and Niksic