Repose of Saint John of Kronstadt

Saint John of Kronstadt was born in the village of Sura in Archangel province on October 19, 1829, and was called John in honor of Saint John of Rila (August 18). His parents were very poor but were very devoted to the Church. Even though he was poor, as a young boy John learned to feel compassion for others in their misfortune. His neighbors frequently asked him to pray for them, as they noticed this special grace-endowed gift in him. When John was ten, his parents were able to raise some money and send him to the local school which was attached to the church. At first, the boy had an extremely difficult time with his studies. He worked for days on end, but still failed to keep up.

The Patriarch serves at the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog

The Patriarch serves at the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog
The Patriarch serves at the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog
The Patriarch serves at the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog
The Patriarch serves at the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog on Bezanijska Kosa on 31 December 2017.

On Sunday, before the feast day of the Nativity of Christ, the Patriarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophors Savo Jovic, PhD; Bozo Bakajlic, Branko Mitrovic, Stojadin Pavlovic and Dragoslav Stikic, protodeacons Stevan Rapajic and Igor Davidovic and deacons Nemanja Radicevic and Igor Gracun. 

25th Parish Anniversary in Boston

25th Parish Anniversary in Boston
25th Parish Anniversary in Boston
25th Parish Anniversary in Boston
25th Parish Anniversary in Boston

 

 

The Boston parish and the Cathedral of Saint Sava celebrated the great jubilee on December 9 and 10, 2017 –25 years since it’s re-establishment and 25 years of continuous service to God and the people. The celebration began with a Vespers service which was followed by a banquet and a special program in the church hall.

Even though it was snowing on Saturday, a large number of people responded by coming to the celebration. In addition to the local priest and parishioners, the celebration was attended by the Bishop of the Canadian Diocese Dr. Mitrofan, Bishop John of Worcester and New England from the Antiochian Archdiocese, and our own Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese. Others in attendance included priests from the Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, and Greek Orthodox Churches. The Consul General from the Consulate of the Republic of Serbia in New York, Honorable Mirjana Živković, was also present. A large number of parishioners from the Patterson parish in New Jersey joined the celebration along with several Serbian priests including Fr. Zivojin Jakovljevic (New York), Fr. Djokan Majstorovic (New Jersey), Fr. Chris Rocknage (Pennsylvania), and Fr. Ivan Marjanovic (Maine) who served. Two diocesan deacons, Jovan Anicic and Milos Zdralic, also attended and served.

Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of the Russian Federation

Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Serbian Patriarch received the Ambassador of the Russian Federation

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Aleksander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 26 December 2017.

The distinguished Ambassador Chepurin thanked His Holiness for a cordial audience during which the Serbian Patriarch congratulated to His Excellency the forthcoming Great feast-days of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

His Grace Bishop Irinej visits Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

His Grace Bishop Irinej visits Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
His Grace Bishop Irinej visits Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
His Grace Bishop Irinej visits Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
His Grace Bishop Irinej visits Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

After  the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the St. Sava Cathedral parish in Cambridge, Boston, on Monday, December 11, 2017, His Grace Bishop Irinej visited one of the most prominent Orthodox institutions in the US - Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA.  His Grace was accompanied by Fr. Aleksandar Vlajkovic, a 1995 alumnus.

The school President, Very Rev. Fr. Christopher Metropulos along with the Dean of Holy Cross, Dr. James Skedros, welcomed His Grace Bishop Irinej. Serbian ThM student Srdjan Maksimovic gave His Grace a campus tour.  The chapel was visited where His Grace venerated the relics of several saints. They also visited a small cemetery overlooking Boston where Archbishop Iakovos is buried along with two other bishops.

Restoring Hope History & Future - Phase II begins: Rebuilding New York’s St. Sava Cathedral

Restoring Hope History & Future - Phase II begins: Rebuilding New York’s St. Sava Cathedral
Restoring Hope History & Future - Phase II begins: Rebuilding New York’s St. Sava Cathedral
Restoring Hope History & Future - Phase II begins: Rebuilding New York’s St. Sava Cathedral
Restoring Hope History & Future - Phase II begins: Rebuilding New York’s St. Sava Cathedral

According to Architect S. Don Zivkovic of Zivkovic & Connolly Architects P.C., Project Executive for the rebuilding effort of the grand and historic landmark church, St. Sava Cathedral in New York City, on Friday, December 22, 2017, the erection of the scaffolding, required for the removal of the severely damaged Caen Stone, is presently under way.

It is expected to be fully in place by our Orthodox Christmas in 2018, after which the Caen-stone removal will commence. Caen is the limestone, which comprised the interior finishing layer of stone of the resplendent Neo-Gothic St. Sava Cathedral.

Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas

Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas
Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas
Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas
Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas

On behalf of His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Antonije of Moravica attended the Christmas service. - The Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religuous Communities the Christmas Liturgy was represented by its Deputy Director Marko Nikolic, PhD.

The Anglican Community of St. Mary in Belgrade, which otherwise holds its regular divine services in St. Mary’s Church at Visegradska Street in Belgrade, - observing a rather long tradition, celebrates solemn Christmas and Easter Liturgies in the Patriarchate chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-gusher.