Serbian Orthodox Church

Serbian Patriarch celebrated Memorial service (Panichida) in north Montenegro

His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic with many priests, monks and the faithful of Berane and the valley of Lim welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Djurdjevi Stupovi, Cathedral monastery of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, on July 27th, 2014.

In his welcome speech His Grace thanked His Holiness for accepting the invitation to participate in solemnizing the seventieth anniversary of the cruel slaughter of innocent children, women and elderly people from the village of Velika near Plav and its surroundings, committed by fascist-Ballist criminals from the “Prinz Eugen” and “Skenderbeg” divisions during the Second World War, precisely on the 28th of July 1944.

Consecration of Serbian Bishop Sergije

Consecration of Bishop Sergije as future Bishop of Middle Europe took place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 26th July, 2014.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa, Dimitrios of Saphitos, Lukijan of Osijek-Polje, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Pahomije of Vranje, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, Fotije of Dalmatia, Marko of Bregalnica, David of Krusevac, David of Stobi, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, retired Konstantine of Middle Europe and Archimandrite Ilarion (Golubovic), newly-elected Bishop of Timok; Archimandrite Arsenije (Glavcic), newly-elected Bishop of Toplice; Archimandrite Jeronim (Mocevic), newly-elected Bishop of Jegar. Bishop Maxim of Western America and Vasilije retired Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla also participated prayerfully in this ceremony. Priests from many Dioceses of our holy Church concelebrated as well.

Proclamation of Bishop Sergije of Middle Europe

On the eve of the feast-day of Holy Archangel Gabriel there gathered a pleroma the Serbian Orthodox Church led by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, the Serbian capital.

The occasion for this solemn gathering was a proclamation of the newly-elected Bishop Sergije. Namely, in May of this year, the Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Very Venerable Sergije, Archimandrite of Saint Nicholas Monastery of Rmanj, Bishop of the Diocese of Middle Europe. His Holiness Irinej headed the rite of the proclamation along with Their Graces Bishops: Dimitrios of Saphitos (Church of Antioch), Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Pahomije of Vranje, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Marko of Bregalnica, as well as retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and retired Bishop Konstantine of Middle-Europe.

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy and Memorial Service in Commemoration of the beginning of WWI

Orthodoxy in Melbourne under the aegis of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Oceania commemorated the beginning of the First World War in the "Axion Estin" ("It is Truly Meet") Greek Orthodox Monastery in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 July 2014 with the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service.

Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles

Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles

It was a very beautiful and quite hot morning on July 13, 2014 in the Great Central Valley when His Grace, Bishop Maxim, arrived at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California. The bells were ringing, the altar boys were smiling, and the choir was singing as the parish clergy greeted His Grace. Father George Gligich held the gospel with Deacon John Davis censing as the procession moved through the center of the church surrounded by a large, enthusiastic, and overjoyed crowd consisting of both regular parishioners and visitors. Our dear Bishop venerated the most holy relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were present thanks to the goodness of Father Gustavo Lopez of San Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, who brought them and stayed for Liturgy in honor of our church’s feast day. The entrance and vesting prayers preceded a blessing from His Grace and the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. From the first to the concluding prayer, our beloved Bishop presided over a Liturgy full of the beauty, power, and grace of God apparent to all and made possible only by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Living the Divine Liturgy

The St. Elijah the Prophet church-school congregation organized a summer camp on the beautiful church grounds, on which the magnificent cathedral church dominates, from July 7-12, 2014. This was yet another wonderful spiritual gathering, where the Christian youth, through the selfless work of the teachers,had the opportunity to absorb the various beauties which our spiritual tradition, history and culture have to offer. The central idea which led to the organizing of the camp was founded on the desire that our youth learn the good news of God and that through their fellowship with one another they experience the joy of the living Orthodox faith.