Serbian Orthodox Church
On Sunday, March 15, 2015, the Third Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of the Veneration of the Holy Cross and feast day of St. Theodotus of Cyrenia and the Kolomna Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland (Russian Church Abroad) visited New Marcha Monastery. Welcoming Bishop Peter was His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America. Refreshments were served at the monastery house after His Grace toured the monastery and venerated the monastery relics. Bishop Mitrophan presented Bishop Peter with an icon of Venerable Fr. Justin of Chelije and the book History of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America and Canada.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Bratislav Gasic, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarch on 13 March 2015.
On Sunday, March 1st, 2015, the Stark County Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood gathered at St George Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio to celebrate the Pan-Orthodox Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers. Many faithful Christians, from a multitude of Orthodox churches, were in attendance despite the falling snow and adverse weather conditions.
Head of the Department for Faiths, Colonel Dr. Sasa Milutinovic, attended the Liturgy at the Military Academy. Divine Liturgies are regularly in all the chapels located within military caserns.
The Second Sunday in Lent, on which the Orthodox Church celebrates Great Saint of Thessaloniki Gregory Palamas, was celebrated at the chapel of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Military Academy in Belgrade, when the Holy Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great was officiated. Many cadets, non-commissioned officers and officers attended the holy service. Captain and presbyter Nemanja Petrovic served the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of protodeacon Radomir Rakic, Editor-in-Chief of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great in the side-chapel of Holy Martyrs of Belgrade Hermylus and Stratonicus at the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar, Belgrade.
The clergy of Saint Sava Cathedral concelebrated to the Patriarch, while the Singing Society “Mokranjac” sang responses. Lots of believers were present at the Liturgy.
The Kolo Sisters had their Slava on Sunday Feb. 15, 2015 at St. George Church. The Slava is Sretenje Gospodnje ( Presentation of Jesus at the Temple). In Eastern tradition, it is often called The Meeting of Our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ, because the hymns emphasize the incarnate God, the Lord Jesus Christ, meeting with his people, Israel, in the persons of the Prophet Simeon and the Prophetess Anna. In the Gospel of Luke 2:22-35, Mary and Joseph took the infant Christ to the Temple in Jerusalem. He was received in the arms of the elder Simeon, who then prayed, "Now let Thy servant depart in peace... for I have seen Thy salvation." This was one of the things that Mary "pondered in her heart"—the fact that others recognized that her Son was the Messiah. (Excerpts from OrthodoxWiki).