Serbian Orthodox Church
On the feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch – administrator of the Diocese of Slavonia, with the concelebration of all clergymen of the Diocese of Slavonia celebrated Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Pakra, which observes this feast as its church patron day.
On the eve of the feast-day Bishop Jovan visited the Cathedral church of Holy Trinity in Pakrac, where the bells were restored for the first time after the war in 1991, as well as the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Gavranica. Lots of faithful people welcomed the Bishop the vigil service was celebrated on the eve of the feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple.
On Thursday night, December 5th, after the visit to the Serbian community in Osnabrück, Serbian Patriarch arrived to the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog in Bielefeld.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by the principal of the church, archpriest Bogdan Smiljic with his congregation. Verz Revd. Smiljic officiated doxology with the concelebration of deacon Damjan Bozic.
After the Church-school congregation in Hannover, His Holiness Irinej paid a canonical visit to the church of Saint George in Osnabrück, Germany on December 5.
Protopriest Sinisa Vujasinovic with lots of faithful Serbian people from this part of Northwestern Germany made a magnificent welcome for the Serbian Patriarch. Archpriest Dusko Spasojevic from Dusseldorf officiated the vigil service with the concelebration of protodeacon Damjan Bozic.
St. Sava Church in Jackson, California, was consecrated on the Feast of the Entry of the Theotokos into the Temple on December 4, 1894. In recent years, the parish has designated the first Sunday of December as “Founders Day” in order to celebrate the consecration of the church and to offer a parastos for Fr. Sebastian Dabovich and all the founding members. Additionally, the late Cedo Saraba would sponsor a Bakalar Luncheon on this date to help raise funds for the parish. After Cedo’s untimely passing, the Saraba family has continued to sponsor this meal and to ask for memorial prayers for all their departed family members.