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.
His Eminence Archbishop Amfilohije of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral served on Sunday on September 20 the Holy service of God in a renovated church of St Spyridon the Wonderworker in Trieste. Metropolitan Amfilohije served the Liturgy on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the SOC in an agreement withthe responsible hierarch His Grace Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb and Ljubljana,in commemoration of 140th anniversary of the consecration of this church and of more than 200 years since the first service in Church Slavonic.
On Sunday, September 20th, the Circle of Serbian Sisters of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Schererville, Indiana celebrated its Krsna Slava—the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God. Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica-Midwestern American Diocese. Our newly appointed diocesan bishop was assisted by V. Rev. Lazar Kostur, parish priest Rev. Dobrivoje V. Milunovic and Protodeacon Milovan Gogic. Responses were sung by the Bishop Stefan Lastavica Church Choir. At the conclusion of the liturgy, a Memorial Service (Parastos) was held for all the departed sisters of the Kolo followed by the cutting of the Slavski Kolac (Festal Bread). The Slava Kuma this year is Mrs. Anka Ozegovic.