Serbian Orthodox Church
The chief of the EU delegation in Montenegro His Excellency ambassador Leopold Maurer accompanied by the spokesman of the Delegation Mr. Dragan Mugosa on January 19, 2012 visited the administrative seat of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic in Niksic.
In an cordial and open talk with Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic ambassador Maurer exchanged opinions regarding mutual themes important for life and functioning of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, and also about the issues regarding the status and the condition in which was today the Orthodox Church in Monetenegro.
On Sunday, before the St. Sava's Day (January 22, 2012) at the Church community of Split St. Sava, the first Serbian Archbishop has been celebrated according to the tradition. On this occasion His Grace Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of priests of the Diocese of Dalmatia in Split.
With the archpastoral Blessing of His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan, every year during the celebration of the Feast of Theophany, parishioners and friends of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania gather on the banks of the banks of the nearby Monongahela River under the Masontown Bridge for the annual river blessing. This year the blessing took place following the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 22, 2012.
A new tradition began in the Pan Orthodox community of the Shenango Valley in Northwest Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 22, 2012 as parishioners from the local Orthodox parishes gathered Sunday afternoon at the Shenango River for a Theophany celebration and the blessing of the Shenango River. The Shenango River is a principal tributary of the Beaver River in western Pennsylvania. It also briefly flows through small portions of northeastern Ohio.
On the occasion of Epiphany, His Grace Bishop Konstantin served on January 18, the feast day's vesper service in Göppingen and performed Epiphany's water blessing. On Epiphany, His Grace Bishop served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and the Great Water blessing at the church of Synaxis of Holy Serbs in Stuttgart.
His GRace Bishop Milutin of Valjevo on the day of His Patron Saint's Day, the Saint John the Prophet, Forerunner and the Baptist of the Lord, served the Divine Liturgy in the side chapel of the Bishopric court in Valjevo.
In the side chapel devoted to this saint, Bishop was concelebrated by heugomen Michael, head of the monastery of Jovanja near Valjevo, and hierodeacon Siluan (Popovic), professor of the Prizren seminary. The act of cutting the slava cake was done in the presence of priests and monks of the Diocese of Valjevo, Mayor and representatives of the authorities and the institutions of the Town of Valjevo.