Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh

Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh

On March 4th, the first Sunday of Great Lent, the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Pittsburgh was honored to have the presence of his Grace Bishop Irinej and Deacon Jovan Aničić to celebrate pontifical Divine Liturgy with Prota Rajko Kosić.

The parishioners and all in attendance participated in the Procession of the Icons behind the church school children, in commemoration of the restoration of the use of icons in our churches after a century of persecution, on the first Sunday of Lent in the year 843. Since that time, on this Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, all Orthodox Christians proclaim our faith and belief in the one, holy, apostolic truly Orthodox Church. Bishop Irinej’s inspirational and educational homily enlightened all, as did his endearing dialogue with the children of the parish.

Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis

 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis
 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis
 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis
 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis

All those who participated in this year’s memorable iconography workshop, organized by Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese from March 12 to 15, were deeply moved by the experience.

Ten students from USA and Canada—beginners and experienced alike—had a rare opportunity to explore the meaning and purpose of the icon with one of the world’s top iconographers. Master iconographer Dr. George Kordis from Greece introduced the student to the theory and practice of the art of icon painting, according to the  Byzantine tradition. The main goal of this workshop was for students to acquire, develop, and improve good, practical, and artistic icon-drawing and painting skills while gaining a deeper sense of the art, beauty, and meaning of icons. Dr. Kordis taught the specific skills of the Byzantine approach through in-depth demonstrations and detailed exercises in the art, expression, and language of the icon, from beginning to end with his limited palette technique.

Repose of St Nikolai of Zhicha

Commemorated on March 18

Saint Nikolai of Zhicha, “the Serbian Chrysostom,” was born in Lelich in western Serbia on January 4, 1881 (December 23, 1880 O.S.). His parents were Dragomir and Katherine Velimirovich, who lived on a farm where they raised a large family. His pious mother was a major influence on his spiritual development, teaching him by word and especially by example. As a small child, Nikolai often walked three miles to the Chelije Monastery with his mother to attend services there.

Sickly as a child, Nikolai was not physically strong as an adult. He failed his physical requirements when he applied to the military academy, but his excellent academic qualifications allowed him to enter the Saint Sava Seminary in Belgrade, even before he finished preparatory school.

The fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

How much it must grieve a father or a mother to see his or her child suffering without reason. To undergo pain and confusion — for what? Where is God in our plight — we may often ask ourselves. Where is God in all this pain and confusion?

Today we arrive at the fourth week of Lent. In today’s Gospel reading we heard of a father who was on his last hope. His son was possessed by a certain spirit from childhood, which was causing his son pain and confusion. Not even Jesus’ disciples could cure the boy. He brought his son to Jesus, who upon hearing of the father’s plight became exceedingly upset at the whole crowd and expressed these strong and direct words "Oh you faithless generation, how much longer must I be with you? How much longer must I put up with you." The Child was immediately brought close to Jesus and the spirit convulsed him instantly. As we know the child was eventually healed. But at what price one may ask? The father accepted and confessed his unbelief and beseeched God with tears to make his faith complete? This is the price, the fulfilment of our faith — payed by Christ himself yet we must pray and beseech Him as well.

Delegation from Germany visiting Bishop of Backa

Delegation from Germany visiting Bishop of Backa
Delegation from Germany visiting Bishop of Backa
Delegation from Germany visiting Bishop of Backa
Delegation from Germany visiting Bishop of Backa

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa received a delegation of the German state Baden-Wurttemberg, headed by Minister of Justice and European Affairs of this federal state government Mr. Guido Wolf on 15 March 2018.

The meeting was attended by Monsignor Robert Zollitsch, retired Archbishop of Freiburg and the former Chairman of the German Catholic Episcopal Conference. In the palace of the Church-school community of Novi Sad, during cordial and friendly conversations on current topics, the interlocutors discussed also problems existing in this European region as well as a Christian engagement towards developing  a more humane society in Europe and in the world.

On the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2018 it is 14 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

Patriarch receives Minister of Culture and Information

Patriarch receives Minister of Culture and Information
Patriarch receives Minister of Culture and Information
Patriarch receives Minister of Culture and Information
Patriarch receives Minister of Culture and Information

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic, Minister of Culture and Information in the Government of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate on 15 March 2018.

Distinguished Minister Vukosavljevic thanked His Holiness for the cordial audience during which talks about mutual projects of the Ministry of Culture and Information and the Serbian Orthodox Church were held. Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked Minister Vukosavljevic for the visit and his efforts for a development of mutual projects by which fruitful cooperations is being fostered for the benefit of all the citizens of the Republic of Serbia.