Alhambra Parish Hosts Fifth Annual Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute

“For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6) are the prophetic words which come to mind as clergy slowly began to arrive for the beginning of the 5th annual Sts. Sebastian and Mardardije Institute on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the feast day of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher.

His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California are host to this year’s event in cooperation with the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

Patron Saint-day of Patriarchate Chapel of Saint Simeon of Myrrh-Gusher

Patron Saint-day of Patriarchate Chapel of Saint Simeon of Myrrh-Gusher
Patron Saint-day of Patriarchate Chapel of Saint Simeon of Myrrh-Gusher
Patron Saint-day of Patriarchate Chapel of Saint Simeon of Myrrh-Gusher
Patron Saint-day of Patriarchate Chapel of Saint Simeon of Myrrh-Gusher

The Patron Saint-day of the chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in the Serbian Patriarchate, Belgrade, was celebrated on 26 February 2019 with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy officiated by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in the prayerful presence of Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac and Metodije of Dioclea.

The choir of the First Belgrade Choral Assemble sang responses. The service was attended by Dr. Mileta Radojevic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities.

Holy Three Hierarchs, Dallas, Texas (short history and 20th anniversary)

Holy Three Hierarchs, Dallas, Texas (short history and 20th anniversary)
Holy Three Hierarchs, Dallas, Texas (short history and 20th anniversary)
Holy Three Hierarchs, Dallas, Texas (short history and 20th anniversary)
Holy Three Hierarchs, Dallas, Texas (short history and 20th anniversary)

It will forever be unknown how many generations of the Serbian people lost their names, language, customs, and the Orthodox faith in the hot Texas sun.

Industrialization coupled with the smell of oil fields has been drawing Serbian immigrants for decades. By the end of the sixties, the Karakasevic family moved to Texas, followed by the Simic and Palmer families in the eighties, who later became pillars of our church established in 1999. At the outset of the 1990s, there was an immense influx of our people from Serbian Krajina and central Bosnia and Herzegovina, who, carried by the flames of war, started to build new nests in the Northern Texas area.

Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded

Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded
Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded
Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded
Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy awarded

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej received a delegation of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy on February 20, 2019, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.

The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, the high decoration of the Holy Emperor Constantine for its support in preserving the religious and cultural heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohija. The decoration was received by the deputy of the Greek Parliament and the Secretary General of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Orthodoxy Dr. Andreas Mihailidis.

Statement on the Sanctity of Life

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception.

The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference in the development of life is a serious issue, and therefore it regularly participates in a variety of relevant events and also releases pertinent statements on the topic. While recognizing that there are rare but serious medical instances where mother and child may require extraordinary actions, the Assembly of Bishops is deeply concerned that the taking of innocent life through abortion has become an acceptable cultural norm. This phenomenon – increasingly prevalent throughout contemporary societies – was exacerbated by a recent law of the New York State Senate (Bill S.240). The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America categorically denounces these adverse developments that allow for abortion, under certain unjustifiable circumstances, even within the third trimester of existence. 

Relating to significant jubilees of the Serbian Church in Hercegovina

The chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Hergovina, Milorad Dodik, and His Grace Bishop of Zaholm-Herzegovinian Dimitrije discussed about the position of the Serbian people in the Neretva Valley. The conversations took place in East Sarajevo, on February 20, 2019.

During the meeting, the greatest attention was dedicated to the celebration the 800th anniversary of the Serbian Orthodox Church's authocephaly and the establishment of the Zaholm-Herzegovina Diocese. Bishop Dimitrije informed the Chairman of the Presidency of BandH about the dynamics of the renovation of the Old School and the Cathedral Church in Mostar, which should be the central place for celebrating the anniversary of the Diocese of Zaholm-Herzegovina.

Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio

Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio
Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio
Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio
Liturgical Music Workshop, Baptism and Ordination in Canton, Ohio

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, and in conjunction with Protodeacon Jovan Anicic, Director of Religious Education for the Eastern American Diocese, St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio hosted a Liturgical Music Workshop February 8th-10th, 2019.

Participants came from across northeast Ohio, including multiple parishes and jurisdictions, for Friday evening’s lecture by Pdn. Jovan on the theme, "Exploring Music through Christian Worship." After taking some time to get to know one another, Pdn. Jovan began with a personal story:  how learning liturgical music as a child sparked within him a love for faith. He finished by discussing his growing awareness of the depth of theology contained within the music he grew to love.  Throughout the evening, the participants enjoyed lively discussion, with questions ranging from liturgical languages to the role of laity in music and chant.