"Following the Holy Fathers" ... It was usual in the Ancient Church to introduce doctrinal statements by phrases like this.
The Decree of Chalcedon opens precisely with these very words. The Seventh Ecumenical Council introduces its decision concerning the Holy Icons in a more elaborate way: "Following the Divinely inspired teaching of the Holy Fathers and the Tradition of the Catholic Church." The didaskalia of the Fathers is the formal and normative term of reference.
With blessing of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej and thanks to the benevolence of His Grace Bishop Ignatius of Branichevo, relics of St. Stefan Lazarevic have been brought from monastery Manasija to the church of Ascension of the Lord in Belgrade.
His Grace Bishop Arsenius, Vicar Bishop of His Holiness, prayerfully welcomed the coffin with the relics in the church-yard accompanied by clergy of the Arhdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovci. The acathist in honour of the saintly Despotes Stefan was read in the church in attendance of a huge number of faithful, among whom there were representatives of the Army of Serbia, monastics and many personalities from public and cultural life of the capital city, Belgrade, which St. Stefan Lazarevic established as his capital in the 15th Century.
The statement of the Third International Conference of Orthodox Military Chaplains, held October 17-21, 2016 by the Orthodox Ordinariate of the Polish army in Warsaw, was published on March 8 on the site of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church’s Synodal Department for Relations with the Armed Forces.
The statement expressed approval and support for the decision to introduce military chaplains in Ukraine, reminding that the international Orthodox community recognizes only the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, reports the Information Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The self-styled and nationalistic “Kiev Patriarchate” and “Ukrainian Autonomous Orthodox Church” are schismatic, in communion with no one.
Proclaiming the faith of the Apostles the faithful of Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia gathered for The procession of Icons celebrating the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
Braving chilly conditions they made procession with their icons lead by Father Milorad Orlic and Radovan Micic chanting the troparion. Upon re-entering the church all the faithful, including children, read the Synodicon and declaration of the faith.
Celebrating Father Petar Petrović’s 40+ Years of Work in the Church
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church of Cincinnati, Ohio celebrated a monumental day on February 19, 2017 as His Grace Bishop Irinej, the recently appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern America, visited for a very special occasion. Bishop Irinej came not only to meet the people of his new diocese and to lead a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, but to bestow a blessing and elevate Father Petar Petrovic, who has been serving in the presbyterate for over 40 years (43 to be exact), with his loving wife Protinica Gordana by his side! Father Petar took up his cross to follow Christ by serving as a priest many years ago in Serbia.
On Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Great Lent, we commemorate the "Triumph of Orthodoxy", the "restoration" of icons in the church and their use in Orthodox worship.
This year in the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California, on Sunday, March 5, 2017, His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with the parish clergy and parishioners, celebrated the Hierarchical Diving Liturgy followed by the special Sunday of Orthodoxy commemorated service with the proclamation and processsion with holy icons.