His Grace Bishop Maxim, Hieromonk Fr. Jovan Babic, and Fr. Blasko Paraklis together with the parishioners of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Church in Irvine, California celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Sunday, September 20th.
Perhaps the greatest injustice to a great culture is not only for it to be misunderstood, but for it to be misrepresented. It is up to the youth of the current generation to set the benchmark and standard for future generations on how to interact not only with each other but with and around the church. Last Sunday, 20 September 2009, the youth of Adelaide organised a seminar to address this very point and to highlight the objectives of the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA). Despite being one of the first SOYA meetings held by the Adelaide youth, the turnout of around 20 youth hinted at a bright future.
On Monday, September 21, 2009, the Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Longin, along with His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America and His Grace Bishop Peterof Cleveland (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad), served Divine Hierarchical Liturgy at the above mentioned monastery. In attendance were some twenty clergymen and hundreds of pilgrims. His Grace Bishop Mitrophan spoke to the monastery pilgrims about the importance of prayer to the Mother of God, especially while traveling. After the Dismissal of the Liturgy, the Hierarchs served the Rite of the Cutting of the Slava Kolac, followed by a memorial service for Mother Abbess Evpraksija (Paunovich, +2007) of Blessed Memory, the founder of the monastery.
On Saturday, September 12, 2009, the first regular meeting of the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwestern America convened at New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, Illinois. His Grace, Bishop LONGIN, opened the meeting with prayer and a few words, expressing his happiness over the new administrative unity in the Dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America. He conveyed his desire to maintain peace in the newly formed Diocese, which would positively impact the entire Orthodox Church in North and South America.
Bishop of Timok, Justin, visited New Gracanica Monastery and Bishop Longin. On the day of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, the two bishops served Divine Liturgy in our monastery. On Sunday, the 13th of September, they visited the parish of the Holy Ascension in Rockford IL for the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the parish.
The International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue met in Chania, Crete, from Tuesday, September 15 to Sunday, September 20, 2009, as guests of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, at the Metropolis of Kydonia and Apokoronos.