On January 30, 2009, during the celebration of the Feast of the Three Hierarchs, Ss. Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom-the patrons of the St. Vladimir's Seminary campus chapel-two seminarians were ordained and two more received distinctive scholarship awards. Additionally, Protodeacon Kirill Sokolov, Associate Chancellor for Systems at the seminary, was elevated to the rank of Archdeacon by Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and now serves as the archdeacon to His Beatitude in addition to his duties at the seminary.
Your mouth is watering just thinking about it: Thin shavings of beautifully caramelized gyro meat finding comfort inside a warm, pillowy pita. Chunks of marinated lamb and pork souvlaki, charring as they rotate over open coals. The generous pouring of anise-flavored Ouzo and Greek wine, congregating with all the food to create a lusty, euphoric glow that radiates from your belly outward. You're an undeniable Greek food buff, all right. And this weekend, your time has come. The 30th Annual Greek Orthodox Festival is returning to Fort Lauderdale Friday through Sunday, bringing with it more sumptuous eats, live music, dancing, and games than you can shake a spanikopita at.
of Moscow and All Russia
We rejoice as the Local Council of the Holy Russian Orthodox Church indeed inspired by the Holy Spirit has chosen in Your person a worthy successor to Patriarch Alexy II of blessed repose and placed You on the throne of the glorious Moscow Patriarchate, that from the same You may radiate to those near and far.
On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, our Holy Synod of Bishops and the entire episcopate, clergy, monastics and the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, We congratulate You on Your election as Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, exclaiming: Axios!
Your beloved Holiness’ brother in Christ,
His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia
Archbishop and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral
A m f i l o h i j e
Your Holiness, let me cordially congratulate You
enthronement to the office of patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. I am
convinced that you will successfully lead , by clever deeds ,through
understanding and love the orthodox Russian people, developing good relations
with the sister Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian people, which had in You,
in the most difficult moments, always the faithful friend and spiritual patron.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of the Montenegro and the Littoral with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar of the Patriarch, priesthood and deacons, served The Holy Hierachal Liturgy in a small St Sava`s Day church in Vrachar, on a day when the Serbian Orthodox Church remembers with a prayer and celebrates its founder and its first Archbishop - St Sava.
St Sava, the first Archbishop and the Serbian teacher, asevery year, is properly celebrated at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade. His Grace Irinej of Bachka, a dean ofthe Faculty, and professor were greathosts of the two-day celebration which was dedicated to St Sava.