Serbian Orthodox Church
The Annual blessing of the Monongahela River near St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania in connection with the Feast of Theophany began in 1999 and has continued to the present. Parishioners come to the riverside and the St. George Choir sings responses. An ice cross prepared by Sonia Janson is placed in the river at the conclusion of the service.
The Chicago Deanery clergy, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin, held the meeting on January 15, 20015 in St. Sava Church facilities in Merrillville, Indiana. His Grace Bishop Longin attended meeting and extended greetings and his blessings to all present. There were 14 priests in attendance: protopresbyters-stavrofors Nedeljko Lunich, Bogdan Zjalic, Luka Lukic, Ilija Balach, Milos Vesin, Savo Bosanac; protopresbyters: Savo Cakardic, Dobrivoje Milunovic, Aleksandar Novakovic, Marko Matic, Darko Spasojevic; protonamesnik Radovan Jakovljevic; presbyters Sasa Nedic and Nikolaj Kostur.
The meeting was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod. At the meeting they discussed issues and problems faced by the Church and the State, as well as ways of overcoming them.
A solemn Vesper service was served on the eve of the feast, with the placing of the Badnjak, officiated by His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, with the concelebration of V. Rev. Stavrophor Zivorad Subotic, Protosindjel Vasilije (Gavrilovic) and Protodeacon Stefan Ikonomovsky. Many were gathered in church from surrounding areas: Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener, taking part in the service and blessing of the Badnjak. After the service His Grace read the Nativity Encyclical of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
Every year on the day of the baptism of our Lord two of the old calendar churches in Indianapolis Indiana gather at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church for Divine liturgy.
For the first time in six years, the Eve of the Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ (Holy Cross Day) fell on a Sunday.
His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Liturgy at Saint Steven’s Cathedral with the Cathedral clergy – Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko, Dean, Protopresbyter Stavrophor Ilija Daikovich, Presbyter Norman Kosanovich – and the Diocesan Deacon, Zoran Aleksic.