Serbian Orthodox Church
The Royal Couple on Humanitarian Visit to Pittsburgh and Johnstown
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine are visiting Pittsburgh and Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States, in order to recognize the contributions of Serbian community leaders and organizations, as well as leading United States nonprofit organizations, such as Lifeline Humanitarian Organization, who are committed to organizing and supporting relief efforts that reduce and relieve the suffering of the most disadvantaged and underserved populations in Serbia.
Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine enjoyed an evening of Massachusetts history and fellowship for the 2017 Fundraiser supporting cancer care needs in Serbia on Saturday, 22 April 2017.
The Royal couple, joined this year’s festivities along with more than 60 guests from the New England region, including Serbian families, and medical staff from Dana Farber Cancer Institute of Boston, Shriners Children Hospitals of Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid bominated for Dr. h.c. at the National University of Athens
On the third Easter day, His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, celebrated the Holy Liturgy in the chapel of Saint Nectarios of Pentapolj in Skopje. His concelebrant was the His Grace Cyril, Bishop of Abdia from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, who delivered a sermon on the Gospel reading and distributed Holy Communion to the faithful.
The Feast of Resurrection of Christ was celebrated with great joy and heartfelt prayers in the Orthodox Ohrid Archiocese, despite prosecutions on religious grounds.
His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, officiated the Divine Liturgy in the stavropygial monastery of St. John Chrysostom in Bitola. His Grace Joakim, Bishop of Polog and Kumanovo and Locum tenens of Debar-Kicevo, celebrated the Liturgy in Kumanovo, while His Grace Marko, Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum tenens of Bitola, served the Easter Liturgy in Stip. His Grace David, Bishop of Stobi and Locum tenens of Strumica, celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Skopje.
The faithful of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Philadelphia began the Paschal weekend with a Lenten retreat for the children of the parish. For their first activity, the youth decorated the Lord's tomb under the guidance of church school teacher Kristina Randjelovic. The children then gathered to dye eggs for the parish baskets, learning the traditional way with onion peels as well as the contemporary way. The children also learned many lessons about the red eggs, and the Orthodox symbolism of red: red for the blood Christ shed for us, the egg representing both Christ's tomb and life, and the breaking of eggs on Vaskrs symbolizing shattering the gates of Hades.
With the Blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on April 17, 2017, priests from the Cleveland Deanery gathered at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio to joyfully concelebrate the Paschal Divine Liturgy of Bright Monday. This event was the culmination of the fellowship established during the period of Great Lent, where priests gathered many times throughout the week as part of their Lenten growth and discipline.