Serbian Orthodox Church
On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, His Grace Bishop Maxim & the Dioesan Kolo Srpskih Sestara hosted a special Christmas Open House at the Bishop's Residence. Clergy and many guests from throughout the Southern California came to join His Grace Bishop Maxim for this Christmas & New Year Celebration. The evening was enjoyed by all and provided a warm casual atmosphere for friends and families to visit and share memories from the past year and hopes and plans for the future.
His Holiness Irine, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, January 18th, 2017.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Cathedral church. At the end of the Liturgy, Serbian Patriarch served the rite of the Great Blessing of Waters and held a sermon.
Aside from regular daily services the following are scheduled:
- 1/18 - Day of the Holy Cross: 8:00 - Royal hours, 9:00 - Liturgy of St. Basil and blessing of water, 5:00pm - Vigil
- 1/19 - Theophany: 10:00 - Liturgy and great blessing of water, 5:00pm - Vigil
- 1/20 - Saint John the Baptist: 10:00 - Liturgy, cutting of Slava breads before and after litugy
- 1/27 - Saint Sava: 9:00 - Liturgy
- 1/28 - Saint Sava celebration: 5:00pm - Vespers, children’s program in the hall
Children’s Choir in the crypt of St. Sava
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, upon the invitation of the brotherhood of the Saint Sava Cathedral, a Christmas and New Year’s Concert of the Children’s Choir “Branko” from Nis was held in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in the district of Vracar on Sunday, 15 January 2017.
His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, celebrated on the 13th of January2016 thanksgiving service for the last year and the service of supplications for the forthcoming New Year marked according to the Julian Calendar in the Cathedral of Saint Sava in the district of Vracar.
After the service of supplication a traditional fireworks was organized on the Saint Sava plateau.
On the feast-day of the Nativity of Christ His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan celebrated in the Stauropegial monastery of Saint John Chrysostom in Nizepolje, Bitola.
His Grace Bishop of Polog-Kumanovo and Locum Tenens of Debar-Kicevo Joakim celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Kumanovo, while His Grace Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum Tenens of Bitola Marko officiated in Stip. It was in Skopje that His Grace Bishop of Stobi and Locum Tenens of Strumica David celeb rated the festal Divine Liturgy. Christmas liturgies were performed aso in other churches of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid as well.