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.
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.
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.
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.
His Eminence Metropolitan Iakovos of Mytilene and His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik and Tuzla consecrated a new church of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos in Brod after which the feast day vigil service was served. Bishop Filaret of Mileshevo also was present at the feast day vigil service.