Serbian Orthodox Church
On Sunday, October 5th, His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, and as part of his official visit to this city on occasion of the Serbian Singing Society - S.S.S Branko Radichevich Choral Symposium marking the 100th Anniversary of the repose of Serbian composer Stevan St. Mokranjac.
Concelebrating with the esteemed guest hierarch from the Fifth Continent, who began his priestly ministry at the Chicago Cathedral, were the Very Reverend Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Fr. Uros Ocokoljic, the Reverend Presbyters: Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Cathedral Dean; Fr. Radovan Jakovljevic, Fr Vasilije Vranic; and Reverend Deacons Theodore Sokolovic and Nenad Jakovljevic.
His Holiness Irenaeus, Serbian Patriarch, consecrated the church of Saint Sava in Stockholm on 4 October 2014.
First immigrants of Serbian descent came to Sweden soon after the Second World War. There were two sorts of them. The first came as the prisoners which were brought during the war. They were brought in order to build roads and railroads through the Norwegian mountains as a part of the planned German attack on the Soviet Union from the north. The other were transferred from many camps throughout Europe soon after the end of war. Later migrations happened because of the economic reasons and they have lasted until today.
Seattle is in the top 5 rainiest U.S. cities by number of precipitations days, and it gets the least amount of annual sunlight of all major cities in the lower-48 states.
This city experiences moderate to heavy rain during the months of November, December, and January. However, during this last Archpastoral visit of His Grace our Bishop Maxim to his humble flock and parishes dedicated to St. Sava and The Protection of the Holy Theotokos, we had a sunny and crisp weekend.
On Sunday, 28 September 2014 the Orthodox Community celebrated its 65th Annual Patronal Feast, the Elevation of the Honourable and Life-giving Cross at the Russian-Serbian Orthodox Church of the Holy Cross in Hobart, Tasmania.
The Patronal celebration began on Saturday evening with the Service of Vespers celebrated by the Very Rev. Mitred Protopresbyter Dr Michael Protopopov, Vicar General of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, in the presence of His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church. His Grace joined in the service for the carrying out of the Holy Cross and bestowed his blessings upon the gathered Russian, Serbian, Greek and Australian Orthodox Christians.
Visit of His Grace Bishop Maxim with his honored guest, Abbot Metodije of Hilandar Monastery
With joy the sisterhood--headed by Abbess Michaila and the priests of the Monastery, Archimandrite Dorotheos and Protopriest David--awaited the arrival of His Grace and his honored guests at the pathway leading to the Catholicon. Before beginning the procession to the Catholicon, Abbot Metodije (at His Grace’s request) was clothed in a brightly colored mandiya, as is customary for those of his rank. Then began a formal procession into the Catholicon, and the Abbot and our Bishop ascended their thrones, where everyone came and received a blessing. A litany was offered, and the choir of sisters chanted the “Polychronion” to Abbot Metodije, who shared with the Sisters very moving words, about how the atmosphere of the monastery church was such a beautiful echo of the Holy Mountain, and how the Mother of God’s presence was so apparent.