Serbian Orthodox Church
“RECREATE YOURSELF IN THE IMAGE OF CHRIST”
The Youth Department of the New Gračanica and Midwest Diocese organized the third annual Winter Youth Retreat at New Gračanica Monastery from December 26-30, 2013, entitled “Don’t find yourself in whatever; recreate yourself in the image of Christ”. The number of participants this year doubled to 60. His Grace Bishop Longin welcomed the youth and had a very nice conversation with them. He shared some memories from his youth and, answering their questions in a brilliant way, touched upon the most sensitive and crucial matters of their growing up in this time and society.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to Belgrade, as well as representatives of the Association of Serbia-Georgia, Mr. Dragan Kovacevic and Mrs. Dubravka Nesic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 16 January 2014.
Saint Dositej the Confessor of Zagreb was celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy which was served by Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb and Ljubljana, Bishop Demetrius of Saphit, Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia and Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac at the chapel of Saint Sava at the Spiritual centre within the monastery of Saint Petka in Zagreb.
The Bishops were concelebrated by rector of the Seminary of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Nis protopresbyter-stavrophor Milutin Timotijevic, protopresbyter-stavrophor Isa Kidis, protopresbyter-stavrophor Marko Nogic, hieromonk Naum and deacons Zoran Radic and Branimir Jokic. Students of the grammar school "Kantakuzina Katarina Brankovic", believers from the Parish of Zagreb and Orthodox Russians from Zagreb and other places fulfilled the church. Representatives of the Council of the Serbian national minority, led by president of the Council Aleksandra milosevic were also present, as well as Mrs. Bosa Prodanovic, charge d'affaires of the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia and Consul Zoran Vasiljevic. were also present and MethodiusСаслуживали су ректор Богословије.
On the occasion of the celebration of the feast of “the first crowned among martyrs,” St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon, His Grace the Rt. Reverend Maxim, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Alhambra and Western America, visited the parish of St. Stephen in Portland and its sister church, St. John the Wonderworker, in Eugene on January 11th and 12th.
At the Russian Embassy in Belgrade on 10 January 2014, the Christmas reception was held which was attended by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, as well as representatives of political and public life of Serbia.
The host of the reception, Ambassador Chepurin in his address to the eminent invitees, reminded of results of the visit of Serbian Patriarch to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine on the occasion of the 1025th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia, as well as the visit of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to Serbia and Montenegro in order to participate in the celebration of the 1700th Anniversary of the Edict of Milan. The video clip of the participators of these bilateral events was shown to the guests.