Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded

Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded
Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded
Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded
Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej received a delegation of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy on February 20, 2019, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the high decoration of the Holy Emperor Constantine for its support in preserving the religious and cultural heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. The decoration was received by the deputy of the Greek Parliament and the Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy Dr. Andreas Mihailidis.

The ceremony at the Serbian Patriarchate were attended by members of the permanent delegation of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia to the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy headed by the chief of Delegation, MP Aleksandar Cotric, as well as the General Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church archpriest-stavrofor Dr. Savo B. Jovic, Director of the Patriarchate Administration Office archpriest-atavrofor Stojadin Pavlovic and Head of the Patriarch’s Office Deacon Dr. Aleksandar Prascevic.

Statement on the Sanctity of Life

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception.

The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in a variety of relevant events and also releases pertinent statements on the topic. While recognizing that there are rare but serious medical instances where mother and child may require extraordinary actions, the Assembly of Bishops is deeply concerned that the taking of innocent life through abortion has become an acceptable cultural norm. This phenomenon – increasingly prevalent throughout contemporary societies – was exacerbated by a recent law of the New York State Senate (Bill S.240). The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America categorically denounces these adverse developments that allow for abortion, under certain unjustifiable circumstances, even within the third trimester of existence. 

Relating to significant jubilees of the Serbian Church in Hercegovina

The chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Hergovina, Milorad Dodik, and His Grace Bishop of Zaholm-Herzegovinian Dimitrije discussed about the position of the Serbian people in the Neretva Valley. The conversations took place in East Sarajevo, on February 20, 2019.

During the meeting, the greatest attention was dedicated to the celebration the 800th anniversary of the Serbian Orthodox Church's authocephaly and the establishment of the Zaholm-Herzegovina Diocese. Bishop Dimitrije informed the Chairman of the Presidency of BandH about the dynamics of the renovation of the Old School and the Cathedral Church in Mostar, which should be the central place for celebrating the anniversary of the Diocese of Zaholm-Herzegovina.

Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio

Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio
Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio
Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio
Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, and in conjunction with Protodeacon Jovan Anicic, Director of Religious Education for the Eastern American Diocese, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio hosted a Liturgical Music Workshop February 8th-10th, 2019.

Participants came from across northeast Ohio, including multiple parishes and jurisdictions, for Friday evening’s lecture by Pdn. Jovan on the theme, "Exploring Music through Christian Worship." After taking some time to get to know one another, Pdn. Jovan began with a personal story:  how learning liturgical music as a child sparked within him a love for faith. He finished by discussing his growing awareness of the depth of theology contained within the music he grew to love.  Throughout the evening, the participants enjoyed lively discussion, with questions ranging from liturgical languages to the role of laity in music and chant.

Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac

Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac

The feast-day of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia also this year was traditionally celebrated in the village of Orasac, near Arandjelovac, Serbia.

The celebration of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija with the concelebration of the clergy of the Diocese of Sumadija.

Spiritual assembly in Windsor

Spiritual assembly in Windsor
Spiritual assembly in Windsor
Spiritual assembly in Windsor
Spiritual assembly in Windsor

On Sunday February 10, Their Graces the Bishops Dr. Mitrophan of Canada and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, visited the pious people of the city of Windsor and surroundings and on that occasion served Holy Liturgy in Windsor’s Gracanica Church. 

The Holy Liturgy was served by both Bishops together with Archimandrite Ilarion, Prior of Draganac Monastery, who accompanied Bishop Teodosije, Protopresbyter-stavrofor Miroljub Todorović, retired from long service as parish priest at Windsor’s Gračanica Church, as well as Reverend Vladimir Vranić, the current parish priest at Gračanica Church in Windsor.