Following up Patriarch Irinej and President Nikolic, the attendees were addressed by Professor Dr. Miodrag Popovic, deputy dean of the University of Belgrade, guests from the Faculties of Theology in Ljubljana and Zagreb, as well as by Professor Dr. Darko Djogo, dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Foca. Protopresbyter-stavrophor Professor Dr. Dragomir Sando held a lecture on the theme “Saint Sava’s Legacy and Education”.
The central program on the occasion of the marking of the 73rd anniversary of the Novi Sad Raid was held at the Quai of the Raid Victims at noon, on Friday, 23rd January, 2015.
Representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Serbian Armed Forces, the city of Novi Sad, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Jewish Community in Novi Sad, ambassadors of Israel and Hungary in Serbia, as well as lots of people gathered at the monument of the Families; by this act they wanted to show that the terrible event from January 1942 has was not forgotten and that our duty was to remember innocently killed victims.
Saint Sava, First Archbishop of Serbia, in the world Rostislav (Rastko), was a son of the Serbian king Stephen Nemanya and Anna, daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Romanus. From his early years he fervently attended church services and had a special love for icons.
At seventeen years of age, Rostislav met a monk from Mount Athos, secretly left his father’s house and set off for the St Panteleimon monastery. (By divine Providence in 1169, the year of the saint’s birth, the ancient monastery of the Great Martyr and healer Panteleimon was given to Russian monks.)
The meeting was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod. At the meeting they discussed issues and problems faced by the Church and the State, as well as ways of overcoming them.
For the first time in six years, the Eve of the Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ (Holy Cross Day) fell on a Sunday.
His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Liturgy at Saint Steven’s Cathedral with the Cathedral clergy – Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko, Dean, Protopresbyter Stavrophor Ilija Daikovich, Presbyter Norman Kosanovich – and the Diocesan Deacon, Zoran Aleksic.
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America joined Fr. Christopher Rocknage of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton, Pennsylvania and the Orthodox Clergy of greater Harrisburg on the eve of Theopany, Sunday, January 18, 2015, for the Water Blessing at the Susquehanna River.
Besides Fr. Christopher, concelebrating with the bishop were Fr. Mark Lichtenstein (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Camp Hill), Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Mechanicsburg), Fr. Daniel Ressetar (Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg), Fr. Stephen Vernak (Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg) and Deacon Seraphim Reynolds (Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Mechanicsburg).