Diocesan Days at the St. Sava Church in San Gabriel - Day Two

A Wonderful Assembly of all the Orthodox

On Saturday, August 31, 2019, the second day of the Diocesan Days and celebration of the 800thAnniversary of the Autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church, began with a most magnificent pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese with the concelebration of Their Eminences Metropolitan Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas), Metropolitan Savas, Metropolitan of Pittsburgh (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), Archbishop Benjamin (OCA), Archbishop Peter (ROCOR); Their Graces Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa (Orthodox Church in America), Bishop Grigorije of Dusseldorf and Germany, Bishop Teodisije of Kosovo and Metohija, Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, Bishop David of Stobi (Archdiocese of Ohrid), Bishop Sergije of Bihac and Petrovac, Bishop Kirilo of Buenos Aires, Bishop Dimitrije of Herzegovina and host hierarch Bishop Maxim of Western America.

Bishop Mitrophan officiated the slava of Windsor's Gracanica

Bishop Mitrophan officiated the slava of Windsor's Gracanica
Bishop Mitrophan officiated the slava of Windsor's Gracanica
Bishop Mitrophan officiated the slava of Windsor's Gracanica
Bishop Mitrophan officiated the slava of Windsor's Gracanica

On the feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Canada visited the faithul people of Windsor on the occasion of the church slava of Windsor's Gracanica.

Bishop Mitrophan served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of the local priests.

Magnificent liturgical gathering in Los Angeles

Magnificent liturgical gathering in Los Angeles
Magnificent liturgical gathering in Los Angeles
Magnificent liturgical gathering in Los Angeles
Magnificent liturgical gathering in Los Angeles

Diocesan Days – Day One  at the St. Sava Church in San Gabriel, California

For months the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel, California has been actively beautifying their church, parish hall and grounds in preparation of hosting the annual Diocesan Days celebration on this jubilee year 2019, as we mark the 800th anniversary of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church. With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America the annual Diocesan Days celebration came to an official start on Friday, August 30, 2019, as distinguished guests, clergy, monastics and the faithful began to slowly arrive to St. Sava’s Church in San Gabriel. As is the established custom, this annual celebration in the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, per the blessings of the diocesan bishop, dedicates the first day and first order of business to a clergy seminar. This year’s seminar was led by the Most Venerable Archimandrite Metodije of the Royal Lavra Hilandar Monastery.

Feast day of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Vienna

Feast day of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Vienna
Feast day of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Vienna
Feast day of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Vienna
Feast day of the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God in Vienna

On the feast day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in Vienna.

The Bishop was concelebrated by presbyters Miljan Antic and Djordje Pantelic, parish priests of the Cathedral church. 

Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church attended celebrations in Pskov Monastery of the Caves

Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church attended celebrations in Pskov Monastery of the Caves
Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church attended celebrations in Pskov Monastery of the Caves
Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church attended celebrations in Pskov Monastery of the Caves
Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church attended celebrations in Pskov Monastery of the Caves

On August 22, 2019, with a blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, a group of Bishops and clergy of the Serbian Patriarchate made a pilgrimage to shrines in the Russian North.

The group included Bishop Irinej of Bac; Bishop Anthony of Moravici, rector of the Moscow representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church; Bishop Isihije of Mohacs, vicar of the Diocese of Bac; and Archpriest Vladan Simic, secretary of the Diocese of Bac. The guests were accompanied by Yu. Khoshev, secretariat for inter-Orthodox relations, Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations (DECR). The guests from Serbia were in Pskov on 26th and 27th of August, where they visited the shrines of the Cathedral church of Holy Trinity and saw historical sightseeings of the city. Also, the visited the monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord and visited churches and historical places in the town of Izborsk.

Church slava of Podmaine Monastery

Church slava of Podmaine Monastery
Church slava of Podmaine Monastery
Church slava of Podmaine Monastery
Church slava of Podmaine Monastery

Metropolitan Amfilohije: Future of the whole world is in Orthodox Church 

On the day when the Church celebrates Saint Rafailo of Banat, 29 August 2019, on the occasion of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - church slava of the Podmaine Monastery and the nameday of the abbot of this holy monastery Rafailo (Boljevic), His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in this holy place near Budva. 

Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - Patron Saint-day of the town of Pancevo

Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - Patron Saint-day of the town of Pancevo
Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - Patron Saint-day of the town of Pancevo
Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - Patron Saint-day of the town of Pancevo
Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God - Patron Saint-day of the town of Pancevo

This year citizens of Pancevo celebrated solemnly the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God with the Holy Liturgy, a procession through the city and for the first time, breaking the slava cake in the Town Hall. 

With the effort of the clergy of the Holy Dormition church the town authorities accepted that from this year the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God is celebrated as the town slava.