Serbian Orthodox Church
From October 26 through November 2, 2014, in the halls of the Belgrade Fair, the 59th International Belgrade Book Fair was held at which the Diocese of Western America was represented with their publishing house Sebastian Press.
They presented their newest publications in both Serbian and English: The Life of Bishop Mardarije of Libertyville and Archimandrite Sebastian of Jackson and Selected Writings; Contemporary Ecclesiastical Reminder Regarding the Diaspora by Bishop Atanasije Jevtic; Hamlet's Moblie, by Milan Misic; Time is a Fragment of Eternity, by Archimandrite Justin of Chelije; The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire, Archimandrite Vasileios of Iveron and All Roads Lead to Jackson, by Milina Jovanovic.
The 45th anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese of Western Europe and Australia and the 20th anniversary since its reallocation of holdings and the establishment of the seat of the Diocese in Paris.
The parish of Saint Petka in Bondy near Paris celebrated its church slava on October 26th 2014 with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America officiated the Liturgy with the concelebration of the host Bishop Luke of Western Europe and hierarchal deputy protopresbyter-stavrophor Nikola Skrbic.
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost; The Holy Great-martyr Artemius
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FOUR:
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown! Christ God is Risen, granting the world great mercy.
“Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church and with choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and bishops worship, apostles and prophets rejoice together, since for our sake she prays to the pre-eternal God.” [Kondak]
On October 14, 2014, the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos – “Pokrov”, His Grace Bishop Longin, many clergy, nuns, singers, seminarians, and the faithful gathered for a day of spiritual enrichment and joy. On this day, the Slava of New Gracanica, Bishop Longin also celebrated the 15 year anniversary of his installation (by Metropolitan Amfilohije at New Gracanica) and welcomed the Serbian Clergy Brotherhood who held their annual meeting in conjunction with the Slava.
Upon the invitation of the Church-school congregation in Trieste, His Grace Bishop Andrew of Austria-Switzerland attended at the solemn reception for members of the Church-school congregation of Trieste, representatives of the Consulate of the Republic of Serbia and friends Italian in the parish hall Risto Skuljevic.
On this occasion, SCA Society Pontes – Mostovi organized an ethnic dinner, with traditional Serbian dishes. Consul General of the Republic of Serbian awarded SCAS Mostovi for unselfish help and support that it provided to the affected people in Serbia. Before this solemn reception, Bishop Andrew hold a lecture at the City pastoral centre Studium Fidei, upon the invitation of Archbishop of Trieste Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi.