Diocesan Days 2017

September 1-3, 2017 - Saint Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Alhambra, California

THE CHURCH AS FAMILY & THE FAMILY AS CHURCH

“You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but are fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God..” –Ephesians 2:19

Day One - September 1, 2017 - The annual gathering of clergy and laity from throughout the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Diocesan Days, began early Friday afternoon, September 1, 2017. As Los Angeles continued to bear through a historic heatwave  clergy began slowly, one by one, to arrive to the LA suburb of Alhambra, home of St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and host of this year's diocesan gathering. A festive and joyous fellowship typically ensues when brother clergy meet after being apart for months. This, in fact, is one of the highlights of such events. As is customary in the Orthodox Tradition and in particular in the  Western American Diocese, it originates from their bishop's warm welcome, whom the clergy first greet upon arriving - their ruling bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America.

Enthronement of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia

Enthronement of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia
Enthronement of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia
Enthronement of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia
Enthronement of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia

The Enthronement was performed in Sarajevo’s Cathedral Church on 3 September 2017. The Primate of the Serbian Church His Holiness Irinej officiated. Attendance of a large number of distinguished people from the church and political life.

The Cathedral church in Sarajevo devoted to the Most Holy Mother of God gathered the Serbian people from several dioceses of our Holy Church, which along with clergy, monks and representatives of the authorities fulfilled both the courtyard and the church while waiting the solemn introduction to the throne of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of: Archbishop and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan, Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia, Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Metropolitan Jacob of Mytilini (Church of Greece), Bishop Nikanor of Banat, Bishop Longin of Mid-West America and New Gracanica, Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, Bishop Justin of Zica, Bishop Pahomije of Vranje, Bishop of Dalmatia and elected Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla Fotije, Bishop Atanasije of Milesevo, Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Bishop Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Bishop Jovan of Slavonia-Pakrac, Bishop Arsenije of Nis, Bishop Antonije of Moravica and retired Bishops Georgije of Canada and Konstantin of Middle-Europe.

U.S. Ambassador meets with the Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, held an audience with His Excellency Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia Mr. Kyle Scott on 31 August 2017.

Ambassador Scott expressed a gratitude to the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the cordial audience during which they discussed about necessity to continue the development of cooperation among peoples in the region, as well as inter-religious dialogue at the highest level which is fully supported by the U.S. government. Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked the distinguished guest for the visit and shown respect, wishing him and his associates all good from the Lord.

Representative of the Anglican Church meets Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received High Reverend priest Robin Fox, Apocrisarius of the Diocese of Centerbury and Anglican chaplain in Belgrade.

High Reverend Robin Fox expressed his gratitude to the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the cordial audience during which they discussed about current condition and status of theological education. Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked the distinguished guest for the visit and shown respect, wishing him all good from the Lord.

New-elected Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia welcomed solemnly on Sokolac

New-elected Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia welcomed solemnly on Sokolac
New-elected Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia welcomed solemnly on Sokolac
New-elected Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia welcomed solemnly on Sokolac
New-elected Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia welcomed solemnly on Sokolac

In  the church of Holy Prophet Elijah on Sokolac, on 2 September 2017, the new-elected Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia arrived at 5 p.m., followed by Bishops Fotije of Dalmatia and Longin of Mid-West America and New Gracanica.

The clergy and monks of the glorious Metropolitanate, students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology Saint Basil of Ostrog  in Foca with dean, protpresbyter-staurophor Darko Djogo, PhD, welcomed His Eminence Metropolitan. After the solemn welcome, the doxology was served in the church.

Seven centuries of Krupa Monastery in Dalmatia

Seven centuries of Krupa Monastery in Dalmatia
Seven centuries of Krupa Monastery in Dalmatia
Seven centuries of Krupa Monastery in Dalmatia
Seven centuries of Krupa Monastery in Dalmatia

On the day when the Church celebrates the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, 28 August 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop of Dalmatia, elected Bishop of Zvornik and Tuzla Fotije;  Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, Bishop Jovan of Slavonia and Bishop of Frankfurt and All Germany and elected Bishop of Bihac-Petrovac Sergije.

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