On Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Cathedral of Saint Steven in Alhambra, California, the Kolo Srpskih Sestara of the Western American Diocese celebrated their Krsna Slava, the Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.
” It is our obligation to do a pilgrimage to Vatopaidi because Saint Savvas learnt here that only through holiness we can build a nation. We, as a nation, are the disciples of Saint Savvas and Saint Savvas was a monk, a disciple of this monastery. Our history, our culture, our nation would be much poorer without Saint Savvas the Archbishop of the Serbs, without the understanding that we need to love God and our nation in our day-to-day life” – Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.
In the above photos you can see glimpses from the historic visit of Patriarch Irinej of Serbia at Vatopaidi on the 5th of December 2016 together with Bishop Jovan and Archim. Methodios, the abbot of Hilandari Monastery.
In the presence of many of our parishioners, His Grace co-celebrated the Hierarchal Holy Liturgy with our Fr. Vasilije Tomic, Fr. Milutin Veljko of St. Sava’s parish in Toronto, and with the newly arrived Fr. Vladimir Vranic of the Cathedral Church of St. Archangel Michael in Belgrade.
A model of internal decoration of the dome of the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar presented. Rendering of the dome mosaics is financed by Gazprom Neft. (phоto gallery ).
At the Russian Cultural Centre in Belgrade, a model of the internal decoration of the dome of the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district of the city was presented on 3 December 2016.
The event was attended by the President of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the chairman of the Executive Board of the Society for Construction of the Cathedral, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dacic, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade Mr. Aleksander Chepurin, Ambassador of Belarus in Belgrade Mr. Vladimir Chusev, member of the Managing Board of the main sponsor of the construction works of the company Gazprom Neft Mr. Aleksander Dibalj, Director of the Russian Federal State Agency Rosotrunichestvo Mrs. Ljubov Glebova, Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Andreja Mladenovic; protomaster of the Cathedral Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic and other officials from ecclesial, political and cultural life of Serbia and Russia.
His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the monastery slava, in the monastery of the Entry of the Virgin Mary into the Temple, Belgrade.
The Hierarch was concelebrated by Archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), protopresbyter-stavrophor Milovan Glogovac, protopresbyters Dimitrije Kasapis and Stefan Franovic and other clergymen. Along with the Very Venerable abbess mother Anastasija and the saint-patron host Mr. Scepan Cukic and his family, Bishop Arsenije blessed the slava cake in the presence of lots of pious people.