Serbian Orthodox Church
On the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of the church, on 22 February 2015, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchal chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Belgrade.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-stavrophors Stojadin Pavlovic, Professor Dr. Dragan Protic and Miroslav Milenkovic; presbyters Panagiotis Karatasios, Jovan Petrovic, Vukasin Milicevic, Miroslav Colakovic, Mihajlo Rapajic and Borjan Antic, as well as deacons Vladimir Rumenic, Savo Topalovic and Aleksandar Sekulic. The First Belgrade Singing Society sang responses.
The feast day of the Meeting of the Lord and the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia also this 2015 was solemnly celebrated in the historical place of Orasac, from where more than two centuries ago the uprising of the Serbian people and the creation of the Serbian statehood began.
The celebration of this great feast day of the Church of Christ started with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadia, with the concelebration of the local clergy.
His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona are host to this year's St. Sebastian and St. Mardarije Ecclesial Orthodox Institute which is being held in cooperation with the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It officially began on Monday with registration which was followed by Vespers. Afterward, an introduction and greeting was given by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America. Tuesday was the first day filled with sessions. After Vespers His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic) of Hercegovina delivered the Keynote Address: "The Eschata in Our Daily Life".
Serbian Statehood Day was solemnly celebrated on Sunday, February 15, 2015, on the Meeting of the Lord, at the Monastery in Milton, Ontario with the Divine Liturgy followed by an Academia in the monastery library.
Protosingel Fr. Vasilije (Gavrilovic) celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the filled church. The Diocesan choir "Kyr Stefan the Serb" from Toronto, under the direction of Jasmina Vucurovic, enhanced the beauty of the service.