The Dormition Fast

The Dormition fast was established as preceding the great feasts of the Transfiguration of the Lord and of the Dormition of the Mother of God. It lasts two weeks—from August 1/14–August 14/27 (old style/new style).

The Dormition fast comes down to us from the early days of Christianity. We find a clear reference to the Dormition fast in a conversation of Leo the Great from around the year 450 A.D. “The Church fasts are situated in the year in such a way that a special abstinence is prescribed for each time. Thus, for spring there is the spring fast ]—the Forty Days[Great Lent; for summer there is the summer fast… [the Apostles’ fast]; for autumn there is the autumn fast, in the seventh month [Dormition fast]; for winter there is the winter fast [Nativity fast].”

Bishop Ilarion of Timok – sixth anniversary of Diocesan ministry

Six years of dedicated and fruitful archpastoral ministry of the Bishop of Timok Ilarion (Golubovic).

The tenth day of August, of the year of the Lord 2014, is written in golden letters in the history of the God-protected Diocese of Timok. On that day, when the Holy Church celebrates prayerful remembrance of the Holy Glorious and All-Praiseworthy Apostles and Deacons Prohor, Nicanor, Timon and Parmen, the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops was implemented in May of the same year, when Very Venerable Archimandrite Ilarion (Golubović), abbot of the sacred St. Nicholas monastery of the Bukovo monastery, was consecrated as Bishop.

St. Panteleimon – heavenly protector of the city of Bijeljina

The feast of the heavenly protector of this city was celebrated with the hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. Panteleimon, the blessing of the feast loaf in the City Hall and the laying of wreaths at the monument to the fallen soldiers in the Defensive-Patriotic War in Bijeljina, Republic of Srpska.

His Grace Bishop Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla greetd the inhabitants of Bijeljina and wished them a happy and blessed feast-day. -I am glad that we have gathered here today, on a great feast-day, and that representatives of the state leadership are present here as well. The Church is committed to the unity of the people and their authorities so that we be united in the same way as during the Nemanjics’ period of time, because that is the only way we can survive and be a blessed people,” the Bishop pointed out.

A new monk in the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid

During the vidil service for the feast of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon, His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje John tonsured graduate theologian Stefan Brankovski.

The newly tonsured monk got the monastic name of Erasmus after Saint Erasmus of Lychnid (Ohrid). On the next day, at the Holy Liturgy, the Archbishop ordained the rasophoric monk Erasmus to the rank of deacon.

110 years of the Church Community of Ugljevik

His Grace Bishop Fotije of Zvornik and Tuzla officiated the Holy Liturgy in the Ugljevik church of St. Petka Parasceve on August 8, 2020.

-Our ancestors expressed their faith by  constructing churches, monasteries and parish homes so that their heirs would have a place to worship God, baptize children, get married and send  the departed ones to eternal life. The history of this region is full of crucifixions, and nevertheless, thanks to these churches we have been resurrected as a people and have been preserved to this day. We remember in our prayers of all those who contributed to the construction of this shrine. Our monastery of Tavna had been a spiritual center of the Serbs of this area before the churches in Ugljevik were built, Bishop Fotija spoke on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the founding of the Church Community of Ugljevik, Republic of Srpska.