Serbian Orthodox Church
With the Archpastoral Blessings and the presence of His Grace Bishop Dr.Mitrophan, the Seventh Annual Diocesan Winter Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese was held December 28-30, 2015. The retreat was held at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, Akron, Ohio.
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, has officially proclaimed January 27th, the feast day of the revered Serbian patron saint of education and culture, as Saint Sava Academy Day in Chicago in recognition of the school’s work and for its contributions to the community.
The Mayor’s proclamation also noted that Saint Sava Academy is “the only full-time elementary school in Chicago offering dual language education in both Serbian and Russian languages,” “offers a safe community where students are able to express their culture and religious beliefs,” and “sustains an Orthodox faith-based education that provides students a strong spiritual compass both inside and outside the classroom.”
By the Grace of God
Orthodox Bishop of Western America
Grace, Peace and Mercy from the God-Child Christ the Savoir
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and His Name shall be called THE ANGEL OF GREAT COUNCIL,
Wonderful Councelor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
We lift up our hearts to Things Above as we praise our Savior, the Angel of Great Council, who grants us peace and heals every division in His creation. With Him, every expression of joy over life, of wonderment over the unknown, the desire to transcend death, and to seek justice for suffering people - especially in Kosovo and Syria - continue to exist and are brought into sharper focus.
The past weekend of January 9 and 10, 2016 at the St. Stephen Archdeacon and Protomartyr Serbian Orthodox Church in Portland, Oregon was very blessed because our Diocesan Bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim visited our Portland Parish.
The reason of His visit was the celebration of our Parish Slava, which began with a Vespers, served by Prota Lazar Vasiljevic and Fr. Vidoslav Vujasin in the presence of his Grace and the faithful.
On the occasion of the Day and the Patron Saint-day of Republic of Srpska – Saint Archdeacon Stephen, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of the clergy at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka.
Marking of the Patron Saint-day (slava) – Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen and the Day of Republic of Srpska - began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgyofficiated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka. The Divine Liturgy and the slava rite was attended by President of Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik, high government officials of Republic of Srpska and Republic of Serbia and a great number of the faithful.
On 6 January 2016, the Feast of Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was solemnly celebrated at Saint Sava Cathedral church in New York City.
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America officiated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of local priests, and in the presence of lots of faithful people of this city. After the service the badnjak (Yule log) was burned in front of the church.