Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac

Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of Serbia at Orasac

The feast-day of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia also this year was traditionally celebrated in the village of Orasac, near Arandjelovac, Serbia.

The celebration of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija with the concelebration of the clergy of the Diocese of Sumadija.

Spiritual assembly in Windsor

Spiritual assembly in Windsor
Spiritual assembly in Windsor
Spiritual assembly in Windsor
Spiritual assembly in Windsor

On Sunday February 10, Their Graces the Bishops Dr. Mitrophan of Canada and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, visited the pious people of the city of Windsor and surroundings and on that occasion served Holy Liturgy in Windsor’s Gracanica Church. 

The Holy Liturgy was served by both Bishops together with Archimandrite Ilarion, Prior of Draganac Monastery, who accompanied Bishop Teodosije, Protopresbyter-stavrofor Miroljub Todorović, retired from long service as parish priest at Windsor’s Gračanica Church, as well as Reverend Vladimir Vranić, the current parish priest at Gračanica Church in Windsor. 

The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord celebrated in the capital

The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord celebrated in the capital
The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord celebrated in the capital
The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord celebrated in the capital
The Feast of the Meeting of the Lord celebrated in the capital

His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of the Ascension of the Lord in Belgrade on 15 February 2019. 

His Holiness was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophor Nenad Popovic from Birmingham's Lazarica; presbyters Arsenije Arsenijevic, dean of the church, Novo Gojic and Dusan Mihajlovic from the parish of Saint Nicholas of Ohrid and Zica in Santiago de Chile; archpriests Stevan Rapajic and Nenad Mihailovic; as well as deacons Dragan Tanasijevic, Bosko Savic and Filip Milovancevic. Following the Holy Liturgy, the Patriarch cut the slava cake with the hosts of the slava at the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases Dedinje. 

Meeting of the Lord

Forty days after Christ was born He was presented to God in the Jerusalem Temple according to the Mosaic Law. At this time as well His mother Mary underwent the ritual purification and offered the sacrifices as prescribed in the Law. Thus, forty days after Christmas, on the second of February, the Church celebrates the feast of the presentation called the Meeting (or Presentation or Reception) of the Lord.

The meeting of Christ by the elder Simeon and the prophetess Anna (Lk 2.22–36) is the main event of the feast of Christ’s presentation in the Temple. It was “revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ” (Lk 2.26) and, inspired by the same Spirit, he came to the Temple where he met the new-born Messiah, took Him in his arms and said the words which are now chanted each evening at the end of the Orthodox Vespers service:

Richard Upjohn's 1851 Trinity Chapel - The Serbian Cathedral of St. Sava

Richard Upjohn's 1851 Trinity Chapel - The Serbian Cathedral of St. Sava
Richard Upjohn's 1851 Trinity Chapel - The Serbian Cathedral of St. Sava
Richard Upjohn's 1851 Trinity Chapel - The Serbian Cathedral of St. Sava
Richard Upjohn's 1851 Trinity Chapel - The Serbian Cathedral of St. Sava

It was, as The New York Times called it in 1914, “distinctly fashionable to be married there, it was eminently respectable to be buried from there."

Here were married Rhinelanders and Gardiners. Edith Wharton walked down the aisle here. Between 1887 and 1895 there were three Astor funerals – Mrs. John Jacob Astor, William Astor and Mrs. William Waldorf Astor.

His Grace Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Sava with Phoenix Faithful

His Grace Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Sava with Phoenix Faithful
His Grace Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Sava with Phoenix Faithful
His Grace Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Sava with Phoenix Faithful
His Grace Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Sava with Phoenix Faithful

On the day when the entire Serbian Nation celebrated its First Archbishop and Illuminator Sava, January 27th, parishioners of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona, with great joy and happiness celebrated the feast of their Patron Saint, led by their Hierarch His Grace Bishop Maxim and Parish Priest Proto-Stavrophor Fr. Dragomir Tuba.

The all-day celebration started with welcoming His Grace by our Church’s beautiful front entrance gate, where he was met by 7-year-old Jelena Beric, who presented him with a bouquet of flowers.

Spectacular Saint Sava Celebration in Washington

Spectacular Saint Sava Celebration in Washington
Spectacular Saint Sava Celebration in Washington
Spectacular Saint Sava Celebration in Washington
Spectacular Saint Sava Celebration in Washington

Over the weekend of February 2-3, 2019, the St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church community of Washington, DC celebrated St. Sava in a spectacular fashion. 

This two-day celebration was one for the history books in this parish, as it was dually the largest event the St. Luke parish has hosted in many years and the first time that allSerbian organizations in the greater Washington area came together to celebrate St. Sava in at least nine years.