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.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch arrived to the Chilandar Monastery where he on 3 December 2016 officiated the All- Night Vigil Service and in the morning the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the patron feast-day of the monastery - Entry of the Virgin Mary into the Temple.
The Patriarch arrived to the Holy Laura of the Chilandar Monastery escorted by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadia, Serbian Minister of Education Mr. Mladen Sarcevic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic, Chairman of the Hilandar Medical Society Dr. Radisav Scepanovic and former Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic.
With prayer and a special blessing, clergy and church members broke ground Saturday on a new cemetery at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, which will serve Orthodox Church members of all ethnic groups.
A solemn procession led by His Grace Bishop Longin and priests from several Orthodox parishes in Indiana and Illinois brought church members from St. Sava church building north to the site where the cemetery will be built.
Over 110 high school and college students came together for spirituality, fellowship, and healing.
On November 26th and 27th, the faithful of St. Sava Jackson gathered to commemorate the founders of the parish and the Feast of St. Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco.
The two-day event began with Great Vespers on Saturday evening. At the invitation of His Grace Bishop Maxim, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin (OCA, San Francisco) attended the service which was led by Fr. Stephen Tumbas. Following vespers, the clergy with their wives and the bishops dined at the National Hotel.