Serbian Orthodox Church
The St. Elijah the Prophet Serbian Orthodox parish in Kelowna, British Columbia festively celebrated their Church Slava. As in previous years the celebration began on Saturday, July 30th with the traditional folk festivities "Serbian Days" in the beautiful Stratchon Park on Lake Ocanagan. All those who attended, not only from British Columbia but Alberta as well, were able to enjoy the rich cultural, art and entertaining program together with many specialties from the Serbian kitchen as well as barbaqued specialties.
In conjunction with the 20th Annual SerbFest at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, His Grace Bishop Longin of Midwestern America and New Gracanica presided over a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday, August 7th, 2011, with the concelebration of esteemed guest hierarch, His Grace Bishop Peter of Clevelend (Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia), the following priests: V. Rev. Vasilije Sokolovic, V. Rev. Lazar Kostur, Rev. Darko Spasojevic – Cathedral Dean, Rev. Radovan Jakovljevic, Rev. Vasilije Vranic, Rev. Dragan Micanovic, as well as deacons: Rev. Vadim Gan, Rev. Dr. Damjan S. Bozic, Rev. Teodor Sokolovic, and Rev. Nikolai Kostur. The Very Reverend Dennis Pavichevich, retired Dean of Holy Resurrection Cathedral, also attended the Liturgy.
On Sunday, August 7, on the feast of the Dormition of Righteous Anna, the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton, Ontario officiated by His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada. Concelebrating with the bishop were: V. Rev. Vasa Pejovic from Kichener, V. Rev. Milojko Dimitric from London, Rev. Milos Puric from Toronto, Hieromonk Vasilje, the abbot of the monastery and Deacon Stefan Ikonomovsky and Deacon Damjan Radojcic.
An overview of the relationship between the Serbian Diaspora and the Serbian Orthodox Church
To effectively consign to writing a word on the history of the Serbian Diaspora, from the first Serbian immigrants to the final emigrant waves, is in fact to note the efforts and endeavours of a people, of individuals and their communities, who through their common union and common experience desire to create, and often recreate, stabilise and develop a new life; one which will retain for posterity the essential elements of their former lives and experiences, as for their generation so also for succeeding generations.
Constantine's city - Nis got today a new Bishop. At the Divine Liturgy which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch Bishop Dr Jovan (Puric) was enthroned. Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac, Pahomije of Vranje, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Jovan of Sumadija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Marko of Bitolj, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Vicar Bishops: Porfirije of Jegar and Antonije of Moravica. The Divine Liturgy was attended by Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Hrizostom of Zica, Irinej of Backa, Justin of Vranje and Ignatije of Branicevo, representatives of the city authorities of Nis and the Republic of Serbia, and faithful people from Diocese of Nis and all Dioceses in Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska.
Speech of His Grace Bishop Jovan (Puric) of Nis given today at the enthronement in Cathedral Church of Nis7. August 2011 - 13:54
Today we are introduced to the throne of the ancient diocese of Nis at this holy Gathering regarding the Name of God. To us entering into this throne is joining the efforts of many over the centuries, and this on the day of the Assumption of St. Anne. According to the words of holy Fathers Anne gave birth to one who place the Unplaceable – Theotokos the Foster Mother of our life, protector of episcopal rank. Through Anne's personality we perceive the beginning of the graceful gifts and salvation of man and the world. We are evangelists and preachers of that secret in the Church of the God-man Christ.
Today's Gospel that we heard at the Holy Service on the multiplication of loaves of bread, was preceded by the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ alone. And when people were fed by Only Philanthropist, once again climbed the Mountain to pray alone. This context of events is very important for us: shows us the practice of personal prayer that precedes and follows every action and activity in the Church. About this event also testifies St. John the Theologian in his Gospel. Specifically, he talks about the Bread of life without Which there is no eternal life. That Bread of Life for us is the Lord Jesus Christ himself at the Holy Service, for whom one must strive for great responsibility before God.