Serbian Orthodox Church
The Transfiguration of our Lord, the Slava of the Monastery in Milton, the diocesan see, was this year once again solemnly celebrated. The pre-festal joy was felt, which brought about a great number of guests from different parts of Ontario.
On the tenth Sunday after the Pentecost, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in the church of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos in Belgrade. His Holiness was concelebrated by protopresbyters-staurophors Stevan Stankovic, head of the church Zarko Anicic, hieromonk Pahomije from Sanct Peterburg (Russia), protodeacon Dr. Pribislav Simic adn deacon Ivan Strbacki.
The Transfuguration of the Lord, the Patron Saint's Day of the Cathedral Church and the city of Trebinje also this year was solemnly celebrated. On the Eve of the feast day a holiday joy could be felt in the city which was full of guests, who came on this occasion from many parts of the country and abroad. On the very same evening the vesper service was served with holy bread tray, which was served by His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina with priests and guests.
Prokuplje will get, after 12 centuries, a new church, hierarchal deputy of Toplica Lazar Barac said today. In Prokuplje there is now the church of St. Procopius, built at the end of 9th century. The saint after which the church got the name was buried there and it is one of the oldest churches in Serbia.
Now, with a blessing of Patriarch Irinej, within the territory of the Prokuplje hospital a construction of a church Sts. Cosmas and Damian, and the local administration decided to also begin with a construction of a church of St. George, said Barac.
His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic served on Sunday, August 14 on the feast day of the Procession of the Cross, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi. His Grace Bishop was concelebrated by several priests of the hierarchal regency of Berane and monks of the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi.
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, the church of St. Prophet Elijah in a village of Tomashevo near Bijelo Polje, was transformed into a monastery, and for the heugomen of this holy place hieromonk Epifanije Vuckovic was chosen.
In the evening of the feast day of St. Elijah the vesper service in this church was served by protopresbyter-staurophor Mirash Bogavac. The service was attended by His Grace Bishop Joanikije, who held a sermon to the gathered faithful in which he said that the old parish church in Tomashevo, now was transformed into a monastery, which would bear a name Zlatesh, as the Vranes valley used to be called once.