Serbian Orthodox Church
The Diocese of Middle Europe, with its head Bishop Sergije and along with its priesthood, monks and lots of believers, celebrated, for the first time, its Patron Saint-Day (slava) – Saint Nikolaj of Zica and Ohrid.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa held a sermon on this Serbian saint and paptron saint of the Diocese, and officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, David of Krusevac, Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, Jeronim of Jegar and the host Bishop Sergije, as well as lots of priests and monks from the Fatherland and the Diocese of Middle Europe.
A collection of photo galleries from the Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, as celebrated throughout the Eastern-American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Akron (OH), Aliquippa (PA), Atlanta (GA), Carmichaels (PA), Clearwater (FL), Columbus (OH), Hermitage (PA), New York (NY), North Canton, Portland (ME), Richfield (OH), Youngstown (OH), Youngwood (PA) - see pictures.
Christ is Risen! Христос Воскресе!
On Sunday of Antipasha, a small parish community in Boise, celebrated its Parish Slava – The Holy Resurrection of Christ. Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, with concelebrating priests: Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, presbyter Milan Dragovic, with many people from the Greek Parish and the Church of St Archangel Michael from Salt Lake City.
Military flags of the Army of Serbia were consecrated at St. George Church in Oplenac on 22 April 2015. The ceremony was officiated by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Patriarch of Serbia and clergy. The tradition of consecration of Military Flags in Serbian history started with the Karadjordjevic Royal Family. Previous ceremonies were conducted in the presence of HM King Peter I (great grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander) in 1911 and HM King Alexander I (grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Alexander) in 1930.
Mr Predrag Markovic, member of the Crown Council represented His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander at the ceremony, to support the reinstalling of this glorious tradition. On behalf of the Army of Serbia there were General Major Vojin Jondic, Brigadier General Jelesije Radivojevic and Colonel Sasa Milutinovic.
On the Saturday of Bright Week, April 18 2015, at the St. Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra, Los Angeles, the Feast of Our Lady Queen of the Angels (Los Angeles) was celebrated for the first time, as we read from the Synaxarion: On this day, the Saturday of Bright Week, we celebrate the Synaxis of our All-holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, the Queen of all and Sovereign Lady of the Angels, protectress and unfailing intercessor of our holy diocese of Los Angeles.
The special liturgical service (Akolouthia) for this Feast-day was composed on the Holy Mountain of Athos by Athanasios, Hieromonk of Simonopetra Monastery, Hymnographer of the Holy Great Church of Christ, at the request of His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America. The Service was translated from Greek language into English by Norman Russell.
On Holy Thursday, 9th April 2015, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, officiated at the Service of the Holy Passion in the Church of Ss Constantine and Helen in Cairo, together with His Grace Chrysostomos, Bishop of Berenice.