Serbian Orthodox Church
In the full hall of the Croatian House in Vukovar, the central Diocesan Saint Sava Academy was held on 25 January 2015.
Beside the competent Bishop, His Grace Lukijan, monks and priests, the Academy was attended by many high guests from the social and cultural life of the Serbs of the Diocese of Osek-Polje and Baranja as well as by Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Vukovar Mr. Zivorad Simic. After the intonation of the Anthem of Saint Sava, His Grace Bishop Lukijan opened the program with a welcome speech.
With the blessing of God, the church and the parish of Saint Sava in the capital of Germany, on the feast day of the First Archbishop of Serbia, were honored with a great spiritual celebration.
For the first time as a competent Bishop, His Grace Bishop Sergije of Middle Europe, on the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of the church, visited this church of Saint Sava in downtown Berlin. The celebration began with a vesper service on the Eve of the feast day celebrated by Bishop Sergije and Berlin’s parish priests. On the feast day of Saint Sava, Bishop Sergije officiated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop John (Haikala) of Palmyra (Antiochian Patriarchate) and nine Orthodox priests from Berlin: archimandrite Emanuel Sfiatkos (Ecumenical Patriarchate), archpriest Andrey Sikoyev and archpriest Alexy (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad), protosincellos Climent Londroman (Romanian Patriarchate), archpriest Ljubomir Leontinov and archpriest Julian (Bulgarian Patriarchate), protopresbyter-stavrophor Dragan Sekulic, archpriest Veljko Gacic and presbyter Radomir Kolundzic.
Within the Saint Sava week in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in parishes of Amsterdam and Nijmegen and Vlissingen Saint Sava was solemnly celebrated. The Holy Liturgy on the feast-day of Saint Sava was officiated by protopresbyter Dusan Erdelj in Amsterdam, while Saint Sava’s evening gatherings were organized in other parishes during the weekend.
Images from the consecration of the main Holy Cross and placing of the dome/kupola upon St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church.
This year’s Annual March for Life took place in Washington D.C. on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Thousands of people of all ages gathered with the common purpose of affirming the preservation of the lives of the unborn. The March for Life is a collective expression of the value of life. Thousands come together peaceably and march in an orderly fashion. The marchers come from various backgrounds and throughout the United States and beyond.
People of different races and religious identities are involved in the March. The large amount of young marchers reflects well on the condition of youth in this country and is a sign of hope for the future. Christians are the largest group. I travelled with a group from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, Pennsylvania led by Rev. Deacon Alexander Cadman. My granddaughters Brittany Joy and Jesse Hope came for their third March. Our group joined with hierarchs, clergy and faithful Orthodox Christians from different communities. At the conclusion of the March, a memorial service was held for the unborn having lost their lives through abortion.
Parishioners and friends of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia gathered at the nearby Monongahela River for the annual blessing during the time of Theophany. This year the river blessing took place on the Saturday after Theophany, January 24 following the Divine Liturgy. A service was held at the river’s edge and an ice cross was placed in the river. Christ’s baptism by John in the Jordan continues to be celebrated and have meaning in the present.