The Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava in New York City, an architectural treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a New York City landmark, was tragically destroyed by a fire on Sunday, May 1, 2016, on Easter, the holiest day for Eastern Orthodox Christians.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Designed by noted architect Richard Upjohn and begun in 1842, the church was consecrated in 1855 as Trinity Chapel until it was sold to the Serbian community in 1943. Celebrated author Edith Wharton was married in this church, and Nikola Tesla, world-renowned scientist and inventor, was memorialized with a bronze bust, which miraculously sustained no damage. To date, the Orthodox community has spent over $4.5 million dollars to restore and improve the complex, which had continued to serve the needs of its parishioners and community through war and peace, tragedy and joy.
The Feast of Our Lady the Queen of Angels (Los Angeles) was celebrated for the second time on Bright Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the St. Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra.
The Synaxarion: "On this day, the Saturday of Bright Week, we celebrate the Synaxis of our All-holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, the Queen of all and Sovereign Lady of the Angels, protectress and unfailing intercessor of our holy diocese of Los Angeles."
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Archdeacon Colin Williams, High Representative of the Church of England for Europe with the residence in Frankfurt, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 7 May 2016.
Father Colin Williams informed His Holiness on his official visit to the Anglican community in Belgrade and conveyed greetings not only from the Archbishop of Canterbury but also from the Bishop of the Anglican Church for Europe Lord Robert Innes. The reception was attended by Very Rev. Father Robin Fox, official representative of the Archbishop of Canterbury in Belgrade, and priest Vladimir Vranic, chief of the Office of Serbian Patriarch. After the official audience, the high guest visited also the Patriarchal chapel, where he had an opportunity to find out more about the history of the chapel and the Patriarchate Palace, and also the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer, was a native of Cappadocia (a district in Asia Minor), and he grew up in a deeply believing Christian family. His father was martyred for Christ when George was still a child. His mother, owning lands in Palestine, moved there with her son and raised him in strict piety.
When he became a man, St George entered into the service of the Roman army. He was handsome, brave and valiant in battle, and he came to the notice of the emperor Diocletian (284-305) and joined the imperial guard with the rank of comites, or military commander.
On Easter Monday, 2 May 2016, His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Administrator of the Metropolitanate of Dabar-Bosnia, arranged an Easter reception for representatives of the Church and religious communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, diplomatic corps and international organizations, public and political life of BiH, Republic of Srpska and Federation BiH.
Among invitees there were representatives of other Churches and religious communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, MPs and delegates in the Parliament Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, ministers and deputy ministers in the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of the authorities of the Republic of Srpska and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as representatives of political and public life.
Parishioners watched in horror as a massive 4-alarm fire engulfed a Serbian Orthodox church in Manhattan on Sunday — hours after hundreds celebrated Easter services, authorities said.
“For this to happen on such a holy day, I don’t know what to say,” said Alex Velic, a 31-year-old churchgoer, as enormous fireballs erupted from the shattered windows of the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava on West 25th Street.