The Inward Mission of Our Church: Bringing About Orthodoxy

by Venerable  Justin of Celije

It is very, very difficult indeed for infinite and eternal life to make its way into the human soul--so narrow--and even into the narrower human body. Held behind bars, the inhabitants of this earth suspiciously stand their ground against anything coming from without. Cast into this prison of time and space they are unable--from atavism or perhaps from inertia--to bear being penetrated by something outlasting time, outlying space, something that surpasses these and is eternal. Such an invasion is considered to be aggression toward them, and they respond with war. A man, given the fact that he is being corrupted by the "moth" of time, does not like the intrusion of eternity into his life and is not easily able to adapt himself to it. He often considers this intrusion to be sheer unforgivable insolence. At certain times, he might become a hardened rebel against eternity because in the face of it he perceives his own minuteness; at other times, he even experiences fierce hatred toward it because he views it through such a human prism, one that is all too earthbound, all too worldly. Plunged bodily into matter, bound by the force of gravity to time and space, and having his spirit quite divorced from eternity, the world-weary man takes no pleasure in those arduous expeditions toward the eternal, toward what lies beyond. The chasm existing between time and eternity is quite unbridgable for him because he lacks the strength and ability needed to get across it. Thoroughly besieged by death, he covers with scorn all those who say to him, "Man is immortal; he is eternal." Immortal in just what respect? In his mortal body? In what respect eternal? With respect to his feeble spirit?

Patriarch visits Serbian Community and Orthodox Serbs in Niagara Falls

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administraror of the Diocese of Canada, visited the Serbian community and the St. George parish in Niagara Falls on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Protonamesnik Dejan Obradovic, the parish priest, welcomed His Holiness, together with Episcopal Deputy V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Lazar Vukojev, V. Rev. Stavrophor Prvoslav Puric, V. Rev. Dobrica Obradovic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Vojislav Pavlovic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Milovan Sredojevic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Milojko Dmitric, Fr. Djuro Samac, Protonamesnik Aleksandar Crnogorac, secretary of the Diocesan Council, and Fr. Jovan Marjanac.

Patriarch Irinej in Toronto

Patriarch Irinej in Toronto
Patriarch Irinej in Toronto
Patriarch Irinej in Toronto
Patriarch Irinej in Toronto

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canda, visited the Serbian community and St. Sava parish in Toronto on Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Welcoming His Holiness were the parish priests, V. Rev. Stavrophor Milutin Veljko, together with Episcopal Deputy V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Lazar Vukojev, V. Rev. Stavrophor Prvoslav Puric, V. Rev. Stavrophor Stavrophor Ljubomir Rajic, V. Rev. Zlatibor Djurasevic, Protonamesnik Aleksandar Crnogorac, secretary of the Diocesan Council, and Fr. Jovan Marjanac.

Patriarch Irinej in Oakville, Ontario

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, visited on Monday, June 8, 2015 the Serbian community and the Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Oakville, Ontario.

The Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by the dean of the church, V. Rev. Zlatibor Djurasevic and a large number of parishioners. Following the Doxology service, served by Fr. Zlatibor and Protodeacon Damjan Bozic, the parish priest welcomed the Patriarch saying: "It is a rare occasion to welcome the first hierarch of our holy Church. We know that you bring us peace and love, and to your fatherly care we return our great joy. In this time of unrest, this time of troubles, you have come before us to encourage us, to strengthen us and to stabilize us. Today you are with us as a father who with divine wisdom teaches his children. You shower us with gifts of love, peace and harmony. I give thanks to God and to you together with my entire flock. Thank you for your visit, Holy Bishop!" 

Fourth Episcopal Visit to Mexico City

His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America made his fourth canonical visit to the Orthodox faithful in the capital city of Mexico from June 6-7, 2015.

Accompanying His Grace was V. Rev. Blasko Paraklis, administrator of the Serbian mission there. Per the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Serbian faithful in this country are placed under the pastoral care and canonical jurisdiction of the Bishop of Western America. Serbian Ambassador to Mexico Goran Mesic prepared a warm welcome for his distinguished guests.

Patriarch Irinej Serves at Monastery in Milton

On the First Sunday after Pentecost, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canda, officiated a the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton.

Concelebrating with His Holiness was His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America as well as the dicoesan clergy: V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, the Episcopal Deputy, V. Rev. Stavrophor Milovan Sredojevic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Zivorad Subotic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Prvoslav Puric, V. Rev. Stavrophor Vojislav Pavlovic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragomir Ninkovic and Milojko Dimitric, V. Rev. Dusan Gnjatic and V. Rev. Milan Jovanovic, Protosindjel Vasilije (Gavrilovic), abbot of the monastery, Fr. Ivan Radovic and Fr. Jovan Marijanac, Protodeacon Damjan Bozic and Deacon Djuradj Kojic. Present at the liturgy was also Bishop Georgije who has been relieved of his duties. The diocesan choir "Kyr Stefan the Serb" under the direction of Jasmina Vucrovic, sang the responses at the Liturgy.