Serbian Orthodox Church
With great joy we wish to inform the faithful of the Western American Diocese, God-loving clergy, venerable monastics of our Church and all our neighbors, that His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Kyr IRINEJ, on December 4th, 2011, the Feast Day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos, will visit our Parish of Saint Sava in Phoenix, Arizona, and serve the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch is visiting the Stauropegic monastery of St. Sava in Libertville, as well the Dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church which are located in the Midwest and the West of the United States of America.
On the feast day of St. King Stephen of Decani which is celebrated as a donator's slava of the monastery, St. Liturgy was served by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija with the concelebration of retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and 30 priests. In the Liturgy Decani monastery sang, and about 1000 believers participated from various places from Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska and abroad. The liturgy was attended by Mr. Oliver Ivanovic (state secretary at Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija), dean of the Pristina University in Mitrovica Professor Dr Vitosevic, representatives of UNMIK, KFOR, EULEX, EU and international diplomatic missions.
With the blessing of His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan, in an old monastery of St. John Chrysostom in Nizepolj near Bitolj, on the occasion of the monastery's slava and the name day of His Beatitude, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum Tenens of Bitolj kyr Marko with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop of Stobi and Locum Tenens of Strumica kyr David and priests of the Archbishopric of Ohrid.
In the monastery of Decani this year's celebration of the donator's slava, St. King Stephen of Decani began with a feast day's vesper service which was served by Bishop Teodosije of Raska Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija and retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina. The vesper was attended by 200 monks, nuns and believers from many Dioceses of the SOC.