Serbian Orthodox Church

Recognition for Metropolitan Porfiry from the Religious Liberty Association

Recognition for Metropolitan Porfiry from the Religious Liberty Association
Recognition for Metropolitan Porfiry from the Religious Liberty Association
Recognition for Metropolitan Porfiry from the Religious Liberty Association
Recognition for Metropolitan Porfiry from the Religious Liberty Association

The Executive Committee of the Religious Liberty Association brought a decision that this year’s laureate will be Metropolitan Dr. Porfiry of Zagreb-Ljubljana.

In the solemn hall of the Rectorate of the University of Zagreb, on the occasion of the Day of the religious freedoms, 12 January 2019, a solemn jubilee session of the Religious Liberty Association in Republic of Croatia was held. The session was attended by Mayor of Zagreb, Mr. Milan Bandic; Former President of the Republic of Croatia Dr. Ivo Josipovic; Secretary General of the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) Dr. Ganoune Diop; national ombudsman Mrs. Lora Vidovic; Director of Government’s Commission for relations with religious communities Dr. Sime Jercic, representatives of Churches and religious communities in the Republic of Croatia, as well as many by other dignitaries from political and cultural life.

Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble

Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble
Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble
Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble
Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble

On the feast-day of Saint Basil the Great, 14 December 2019, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with concelebration of local clergy in Belgrade’s Cathedral church of Saint Michael the Archangel, during which the Primate of the Church blessed the festal loaf of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble.

The First Belgrade Choral Ensemble gave a traditional charity concert of the Cathedral church on a great scene of the National Theater in Belgrade in the evening of the same day.

Traditionally, next to the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble its Children’s choir and some opera singers performed the program consisting of church hymns and national songs. This year’s event was dedicated to the historic jubilee – the 800 anniversary of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Service of supplications for the beginning of the New Year in Saint Sava Cathedral

Service of supplications for the beginning of the New Year in Saint Sava Cathedral
Service of supplications for the beginning of the New Year in Saint Sava Cathedral
Service of supplications for the beginning of the New Year in Saint Sava Cathedral
Service of supplications for the beginning of the New Year in Saint Sava Cathedral

His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana celebrated last night thanksgiving service for the last year and the service of supplications for the forthcoming New Year marked according to the Julian Calendar on the plateau facing the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in the district of Vracar (phоto gallery).

After the service of supplication a traditional fireworks was organized on the Saint Sava plateau.

Christmas in the Belgrade District Prison

Christmas in the Belgrade District Prison
Christmas in the Belgrade District Prison
Christmas in the Belgrade District Prison
Christmas in the Belgrade District Prison

On the second day of the Christmas, on the feast-day of the Assembly of the Most Holy Mother of God, with the service of the Holy Liturgy in the chapel of the Resurrection of Christ in the District Prison in Belgrade, divine peace was announced and reunion of all in Christ which the Nativity of Newborn Child brings.

All gathered in Christ, there were present at the service: prisoners of that prison, commanders and employees of the facility, parishioners of the Vozdovac church of Holy Emperor Constantine and Helen, members of the Charity section of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci, deacon Branislav Jocic and prison chaplain Revd. Gligorije Markovic.

Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth

Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth
Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth
Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth
Bishop Irinej on Christmas Eve in Elisabeth

On Sunday January 6th, 2019, the Sunday of the Holy Fathers and Christmas Eve, His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej, Bishop of Eastern America, presided at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in the church of St.George the Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer in Elizabeth.

Protopresbyter-stavrophor Zoran Radovic, parish priest in Elizabeth, together with protodeacons Milos Zdralic and Jovan Anicic, concelebrated with His Grace Bishop Irinej. After the reading of the Holy Gospel, Bishop Irinej gave an inspiring sermon. At the very end of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Irinej asked the gathered children about Serbian Father’s Day, and then proceeded to invite them to partake in that tradition with him as their Spiritual Father. The children then tied His Grace with a rope, according to the Serbian custom, a task they completed with much joy and cheerfulness. After the tying, Bishop Irinej explained to the children the significance of this beautiful custom. In order to‘’be redeemed’’, Bishop Irinej gave to each child a chocolate-box as a gift.

Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra

Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra
Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra
Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra
Christmas at Saint Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra

His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Nativity of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ at the Diocesan See, Saint Steven’s Cathedral, beginning with the Vespers of Christmas on Sunday evening, January 6, 2019.

The Cathedral clergy – Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko and Presbyter Norman Kosanovich – were joined by the Bishop’s Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, the Cathedral Choir, Altar servers, and the hundreds of faithful gathered on a dry evening that followed a soaking rain the previous night and preceded another shower the following morning!

Winter Youth retreat 2018 – Great Success

Full to capacity as usual, the winter youth retreat 2018 was and continues to be a greatSuccess – thanks be to God, His most holy Mother (for protection), Saints, Angels, our good Bishop Longin for blessing it, and great people (especially our sisters and mothers, our clergy and the Youth Department) for putting much work in planning it and also executing it.

The theme for the retreat was: Who am I and where am I going – this also will be the theme for the oratorical Festival 2019. High school students of the Midwest Diocese may apply to write an essay as soon as possible – contact the Diocesan youth director: Priest Dragan Petrovic- Indianapolis.