Message of His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, on the Day of the Protection of the Environment(01.09.2009)

+ B A R T H O L O M E W
BY THE MERCY OF GOD ARCHBISHOP
OF CONSTANTINOPLE, NEW ROME AND
ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH
TO THE PLENITUDE OF THE CHURCH
GRACE AND PEACE
FROM THE CREATOR OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE
OUR LORD, GOD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST

As we come again to the changing of the Church year, we reflect once more on the state of God's creation. We think about the past and repent for all that we have done or failed to do for the earth's care; we look to the future and pray for wisdom to guide us in all that we think or do.

These last twelve months have been a time of great uncertainty for the whole world. The financial systems that so many people trusted to bring them the good things of life, have brought instead fear, uncertainty and poverty. Our globalised economy has meant that everyone - even the poorest who are far removed from the dealings of big business - has been affected.

Prayer on the Environment

The General Secretary of the National Council of Churches has commemorated September 1, 2009 as the 20th anniversary of the Day of Prayer on the protection of the environment, and he urged all persons of faith to take up the prayer today. The first environmental prayer day was instituted by the late Patriarch Demetrios I in 1989. Since then, every first day of September has been designated a day of prayer for the protection of the environment throughout the Orthodox world.

Bishop Longin served in Lensing

In the St. Michael the Archangel parish in Lansing, IL the Slava and the 75th anniversary of the Kneginja Zorica chapter of the KSS was celebrated. Divine Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Longin and His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher, accompanied by the parish priest Fr. Milos Vesin.

Circles of Serbian Sisters of the Eastern American Diocese celebrated Slava

The Federation of Circles of Serbian Sisters of the Eastern American Diocese celebrated their Krsna Slava, the Falling Asleep of the Holy Theotokos, on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Most Holy Theotokos Monastery in Shadeland, Pennsylvania. His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America attended the Vespers service on Friday evening, after which a dinner was served and members of the Shadeland committtee held their regular meeting afterwards.

Episcopal Visit to Northern California

On August 29 and 30, His Grace, Bishop Maxim and visiting hierarch, His Grace, Bishop Justin, Bishop of Timok, Serbia visit parishes in the Northern California - Western American Diocese.

Source: www.westsrbdio.org

Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at church of Holy Protection of the Theotokos

His Eminence Archbishop Amfilohije  of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral served with the concelebration of Metropolitan Iakovos of Mytilene and Their Graces Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik, Bishop Irinej of Bachka, Bishop Pahomije of Vranje, Bishop Sava of Slavonia, Bishop Ignjatije of Branichevo, Bishop Filaret of Mileshevo and Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje and Nikshic on the feast day of Saint Martyrs Myron and Patrocles, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the occasion of a consecration of the church of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos in Brod.

The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy besides 10,000 faithfull people from all Diocese of Zvornik and Tuzla and beyond was also attended by the highest officials of the Government of the Republic of Srpska led by President Milorad Dodik.