Serbian Orthodox Church
On Tuesday, 25 November 2014, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana paid an official visit to President of the Government of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Zoran Milanovic.
During cordial talks, which were held at the palace of the Government in Zagreb, Prime Minister Milanovic congratulated His Eminence Porfirije on his election as Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana and wished him successful administration of the Diocese which had been entrusted to him, for the benefit of all the members of the Serbian Orthodox community.
On Sunday, 24th after Pentecost, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana.
The Metropolitan was concelebrated by Archimandrite Danilo, hieromonk Vitaly from the Russian Orthodox Church, protopresbyter-stavrophor Peran Boskovic, hieromonk Nikon, presbyter Aleksandar Obradovic, presbyter Dejan Mandic and deacons Dragan Radic and Zoran Radic. Many believers of the parish of Ljubljana fulfilled this beautiful church. Along with the choir of this church, students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade brightened up with their liturgical chanting this liturgical gathering. Along with their professors Dr. Nenad Milosevic and Dr. Dragan Karan, these students are paying a visit to the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana. The guests are accompanied by monk Nikodim from the monastery of Saint Paul from Mount Athos.
The Thronal Feast of the monastery of Kovilj - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers was celebrated with the solemn liturgical gathering on Friday, 21 November 2014.
His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa, hieromonk Isihije, Archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), brotherhood of the monastery of Kovilj and deacons of Novi Sad. The monks of the Kovilj Monastery sang responses along with students of the church singing school, led by archdeacon Jerotej.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2, 2014, in the capital of the United States, the Serbian community and all Orthodox Christians had cause for great celebration. Fifty-three years after the founding of the Serbian Orthodox parish of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke in Washington DC, the Serbian community witnessed the completion of the construction of their new church in Potomac, Maryland, an exclusive suburb of Washington DC. After organization of the spiritual life of the flock in rented spaces and borrowed churches, and after many years of outgrowing a small chapel on 16th Street, NW, in Washington, the completion of the new church was accomplished after much anticipation as a center for our Orthodox Christian people who live in the mid-Atlantic region, especially Washington, DC and Baltimore.
In the course of a day, over 5' of snow fell in the regions surrounding Buffalo, NY. Please remember all those who are buried in their homes, stranded, or in need of shelter as they brace for another 20-30" of snow in the near future. St Stephen's in Lackawanna is pictured, buried in this terrible, early, winter storm.
Source: Eastern American Diocese