The past weekend of January 9 and 10, 2016 at the St. Stephen Archdeacon and Protomartyr Serbian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon was very blessed because our Diocesan Bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim visited our Portland Parish.
The reason of His visit was the celebration of our Parish Slava, which began with a Vespers, served by Prota Lazar Vasiljevic and Fr. Vidoslav Vujasin in the presence of his Grace and the faithful.
On the occasion of the Day and the Patron Saint-day of Republic of Srpska – Saint Archdeacon Stephen, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of the clergy at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka.
Marking of the Patron Saint-day (slava) – Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen and the Day of Republic of Srpska - began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgyofficiated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka. The Divine Liturgy and the slava rite was attended by President of Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik, high government officials of Republic of Srpska and Republic of Serbia and a great number of the faithful.
On 6 January 2016, the Feast of Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was solemnly celebrated at Saint Sava Cathedral church in New York City.
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America officiated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of local priests, and in the presence of lots of faithful people of this city. After the service the badnjak (Yule log) was burned in front of the church.
On 7 January 2015, the joyous feast day of the Nativity of the Lord - Christmas, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade.
The solemn feast day's service, besides a lot of faithful people, was also attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, First Vice President of the Government and Foreign Minister Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic, representatives of the state and city authorities, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Mr. Stanislav Hocevar and representatives of traditional Churches and religious communities, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as people from cultural and public life of the Serbian capital.
The celebration of Christmas, the feast day of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the most joyful event in the Christian world began at midnight with the first Christmas Liturgy, served by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica and in a prayerful presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.
Vicar of the Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, with the presence of a lot of faithful people of the capital.
Christmas Eve was solemnly celebrated at the plateau in front of Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral on Vracar where, after the feast day's Vesper service which was served by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, the badnjak (Yule log) was burned in the presence of a lot of faithful people of the Serbian capital.