Serbian Orthodox Church
For the fourth consecutive year, the Serbian Singing Society Branko Radichevich, our Cathedral choir, visited nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, and private homes through the northern portion of Chicago, Cook and DuPage counties and southern Lake County, traveling through the more than 1500 square miles that comprises the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Libertyville and Chicago.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served last night at 11,30 pm an act of thanksgiving at the beginning of New Year in the Memorial Cathedral of St. Sava on Vracar in a presence of many pious people who fulfilled the Cathedral and the Vracar plateau. The traditional fireworks marked the beginning of New Year 2011.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on the feast day of St. Basil the Great, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church. After the public prayer meeting for a successful and blessed New Year 2011, His Holiness cut the slava cake of the First Belgrade Singing Society which will held tonight at 8 pm a traditional New Year's concert at the National Theatre.
"St. Sava's Little Bell" (Svetosavsko zvonce) with a play "Nativity Star" was a special guest at traditional Christmas receptions at the White Palace, which are organized by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander Karageorgevich and Crown Princess Katherine for children without parental care, children with special needs, Roma children, refugee and internally displaced children.
One cannot but be humbled by the dedication and service of the many volounteers who give selflessly of their time to the God-given task of building St. Sava College. The building industry in Sydney has been in turmoil over the past several months because of bad weather, but a group of dedicated Serbian carpenters is hopeful that they will soon complete the installation of roof beams and braces enabling the tiling of the College roof.