Sebastian Wine Begins New Chapter

 Sebastian Wine Begins New Chapter
 Sebastian Wine Begins New Chapter
 Sebastian Wine Begins New Chapter
 Sebastian Wine Begins New Chapter

The clergy of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America were recently invited by their spiritual father, His Grace Bishop Maxim, to take part in a project not typically given to clergy: to attend a wine tasting session, the results of which would produce liturgical wine to be used throughout this diocese and beyond.

In November of 2017 the bishop, together with a number of clergy, made the journey from the diocesan see in Los Angeles to the breathtaking 200+ acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, California known as Opolo Vineyards. Nestled approximately midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Paso Robles is known for its wineries and olive groves. This excursion would, in turn, result to another, most festive and invigorating visit to Opolo Vineyards on April 19, 2018, when Rick Quinn, vineyard owner and member of the St. Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, presented to the bishop and all the clergy the final product: Sebastian Liturgical Wine.

The Serbian Patriarch received a high dignitary from EKD

The Serbian Patriarch received a high dignitary from EKD
The Serbian Patriarch received a high dignitary from EKD
The Serbian Patriarch received a high dignitary from EKD
The Serbian Patriarch received a high dignitary from EKD

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej received a high-ranking officer of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) with see in Hannover, Oberkirchenrat Dirk Stelter, an officer for ecumenical affairs and relations with parishes of this Church in Eastern and Southern Europe. The reception was held at the Serbian Patriarchate on April 23rd, 2018.

The conversations related to the current state of inter-Church relations and possibilities of their further development. His Holiness also praised the hitherto engagement of the Evangelical Church in Germany, as well as the Catholic Church in that country to assist Serbian parishes in Germany, and stressed the importance of granting scholarships to our postgraduate students for further studies at Theological Faculties in Germany.

Paschal Reception at Russian Consulate General in New York City

Paschal Reception at Russian Consulate General in New York City
Paschal Reception at Russian Consulate General in New York City
Paschal Reception at Russian Consulate General in New York City
Paschal Reception at Russian Consulate General in New York City

His Excellency Sergey K. Ovsyannikov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in New York, and His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchal Parishes in the USA, cohosted a traditional Paschal Reception at the Russian Consulate in New York on Thursday, April 18, 2018.

This annual reception is held at Eastertide for members of the Orthodox Consular Corps, Orthodox Hierarchs and distinguished members of the Russian Community. Representing the Serbian Orthodox Church was His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America. Her Excellency Mirjana Zivkovic, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia, represented the Serbian Nation. Thus manifesting the traditional ties between the Russian and Serbian Churches, Nations and peoples, that share the same faith and Slavic blood and language.

Patriarch Irinej at Mlaka: Serbs must not forget their victims, but they must forgive

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej said at village of Mlaka, near Jasenovac, on April 22, 2018, that the Serbian people should not forget their victims, among whom more than 20.000 killed children at Mlaka and within the Ustasha system of the Jasenovac camp, but that the Christian people must forgive.

- The most innocent ones were killed here - children. This is a holy land, soaked with the blood of the Holy Martyrs of Jasenovac, said Patriarch Irinej after having  consecrated the restored church of the Holy Prophet Elijah at Mlaka and after having officiated the Divine hierarchal Liturgy. The Patriarch emphasized that it was important for the Serbian people to have a church at Mlaka resurrected.

Pakrac: Vigil Service in honor of the New Martyrs of Jasenovac

Pakrac: Vigil Service in honor of the New Martyrs of Jasenovac
Pakrac: Vigil Service in honor of the New Martyrs of Jasenovac
Pakrac: Vigil Service in honor of the New Martyrs of Jasenovac
Pakrac: Vigil Service in honor of the New Martyrs of Jasenovac

On the eve of the feast-day of the New Martyrs of the Jasenovac and on the occasion of the 73th anniversary of the breakthrough of the last Jasenovac prisoners, clergy and faithful people of Pakrac, Slavonia,  gathered in Pakrac on April 21, 2018 to celebrate a vigil service.

On that occasion, in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity a festive evening service was officiated by His Grace Jovan Bishop of Pakrac-Slavonia, along Rev. Djordje Ostojic,  parish priest from Daruvar, and  deacon Milan Jovic.

Open House and Dedication in Oakland

 Open House and Dedication in Oakland
 Open House and Dedication in Oakland
 Open House and Dedication in Oakland
 Open House and Dedication in Oakland

Open House and Dedication at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Oakland, California

The entire week following Easter is to be set aside by Orthodox Christians for the celebration of the Resurrection. According to the 66th canon of the Council in Trullo: “From the holy day of the Resurrection of Christ our God until New Sunday (i.e. Thomas Sunday) for a whole week the faithful in the holy churches should continually be repeating psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, rejoicing and celebrating Christ, and attending to the reading of the Divine Scriptures and delighting in the Holy Mysteries. For in this way shall we be exalted with Christ; raised up together with Him. For this reason on the aforesaid days that by no means there be any horse races or any other public spectacle”.

Lebanon Celebrates 102nd Slava

Lebanon Celebrates 102nd Slava
Lebanon Celebrates 102nd Slava
Lebanon Celebrates 102nd Slava
Lebanon Celebrates 102nd Slava

On April 15, 2018 and the day when our Church celebrates the Sunday of St Thomas (Antipascha), our Parish Church of the Holy Resurrection of Christ in Lebanon, PA, celebrated its 102 Annual Slava.

We were blessed to have in our midst our Bishop and Father, His Grace Irinej, who served the Divine Hierarchical Liturgy with our parish priest presbyter Borjan Vitanov, the V. Rev Father Christopher Rocknage, the parish priest from St. Nicholas in Steelton with his parishioners who sung during the service and deacon Milos Zdralich.