At the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew paid a formal visit to Lambeth Palace from November 2-4, 2015.
The occasion was in response to Archbishop Justin’s visit to the Ecumenical Patriarchate last year.
Today we celebrate the memory of St. Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson
Jackson, Ca - November 28-30, 2015 - With the translation of holy relics from Los Angeles to Jackson, CA, our newly glorified Saint came alive for us, as if they had never reposed and were not separated from us in time by over eighty years. The festivities began on Sunday with the Divine Liturgy served by Archbishop Benjamin (OCA), Bishop Maxim, Abbot Sava of Tvrdos Monastery, Abbot Damascene of Platina, Priests Lazar Vasiljevic, Nicholas Ceko, Steven Tumbas, Gregory Edwards, Blasko Paraklis, James Barfield, and Deacons Dragan Stojanovic and Zoran Aleksic. Fr Steve Tumbas was elevated to the rank of stavrophore and Protodeacon Triva Pavlov received the metal of St Sebastian. May the intercessions of Saint Sebastian offer to God the prayers and supplications of all the faithful.
The Fast of the Nativity is the Church's wise solace and aid to human infirmity. We are a forgetful people, but our forgetfulness is not unknown to God; and our hearts with all their misconceptions and weakened understandings are not unfamiliar to the Holy Spirit who guides and sustains this Church.
We who fall far from God through the magnitude of our sin, are called nonetheless to be close to Him. We who run afar off are called to return. Through the fast that precedes the great Feast of the Incarnation -- which itself is the the heart and substance of our calling -- the Church helps draw us into the full mystery of what that call entails.
On the occasion of the monastery slava, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Dechani Monastery on the feast-day of Holy King Stephen of Dechani, on 24 November 2015.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by Bishops: Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Ilarion of Timoj and Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, along with many priests and monks from many dioceses of our local Church. There were 800 believers who came from all parts of Serbia and from Montenegro to attend the Liturgy. Patriarch Irinej ordained teacher of the Prizren Seminary, Mr. Dusan Djakovic, a deacon, whereas he awarded Orthodox priest Nektarios Serphes from USA with the order of Saint Sava, since Fr. Nektarios is a great friend of the Serbian people who had collected aid for the impoverished families on Kosovo and Metohija for years.
The Holy Archangel Michael Parish and Church Community in Homebush, celebrated its patronal feast day the Holy Archangel Michael on Sunday, 22 November 2015.
This very solemn occasion was enhanced with two important events for this parish, which consists of Orthodox faithful who come from almost all over the world, and is known for conducting services in the English language.
St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint in their new Church that is still under construction.
His Grace Bishop Maxim accompanied with Bay Area priests conducted Hierarchical Divine Liturgy along with number of faithful that include all neighboring parishes, as well as host parish.