Visit of Kursk Root Icon to New Gracanica Monastery

On Wednesday, March 14th, New Gracanica Monastery was graced with the visit of the miracle-working Kursk Root Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God.

We thank Father Vasyl Kuzmych from Holy Trinity ROC Milwaukee for bringing her to us.

Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis

 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis
 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis
 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis
 Painting the Face of the Theotokos in Los Angeles with George Kordis

All those who participated in this year’s memorable iconography workshop, organized by Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese from March 12 to 15, were deeply moved by the experience.

Ten students from USA and Canada—beginners and experienced alike—had a rare opportunity to explore the meaning and purpose of the icon with one of the world’s top iconographers. Master iconographer Dr. George Kordis from Greece introduced the student to the theory and practice of the art of icon painting, according to the  Byzantine tradition. The main goal of this workshop was for students to acquire, develop, and improve good, practical, and artistic icon-drawing and painting skills while gaining a deeper sense of the art, beauty, and meaning of icons. Dr. Kordis taught the specific skills of the Byzantine approach through in-depth demonstrations and detailed exercises in the art, expression, and language of the icon, from beginning to end with his limited palette technique.

On the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2018 it is 14 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

Spring Cleaning and Planting in St. Petersburg

Spring Cleaning and Planting in St. Petersburg
Spring Cleaning and Planting in St. Petersburg
Spring Cleaning and Planting in St. Petersburg
Spring Cleaning and Planting in St. Petersburg

On Saturday, March 17th, 2018 as most people in America were celebrating St. Patrick's Day, in various and sundry ways unbefitting this early Christian Saint, the faithful, together with their priest, Fr. Dragan Zaric, of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church busied themselves with cleaning the church yard and planting flowers, plants and shrubs in time for Pascha - Easter! A deed well-pleasing to the Lord, Who looked upon all that He created and declared it to be good!

Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh

Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy in Pittsburgh

On March 4th, the first Sunday of Great Lent, the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Pittsburgh was honored to have the presence of his Grace Bishop Irinej and Deacon Jovan Aničić to celebrate pontifical Divine Liturgy with Prota Rajko Kosić.

The parishioners and all in attendance participated in the Procession of the Icons behind the church school children, in commemoration of the restoration of the use of icons in our churches after a century of persecution, on the first Sunday of Lent in the year 843. Since that time, on this Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, all Orthodox Christians proclaim our faith and belief in the one, holy, apostolic truly Orthodox Church. Bishop Irinej’s inspirational and educational homily enlightened all, as did his endearing dialogue with the children of the parish.