The St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio hosted Lenten Vespers on the Second Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, for the second group of the Cleveland Deanery. V. Rev. Milovan Katanic of Hermitage, PA, Rev. Milan Pajic, host priest and Rev. Dragan Goronjic of Youngstown served.
Fr. Milovan was the homilist. He spoke of the lenten journey during which time we are called to spiritual podvig. He cited the words of St. Nikolaj of Zicha who wrote once, "Why is that so much is written about the sufferings of holy men and women. Because among the holy are considered victors and can anyone be a victor without battle, suffering....Even in earthly battles we can't consider someone victorious, a hero if they've never been in battle...."
After the session of the Diocesan administration board and the Diocesan council of the Diocese of Middle Europe in Himmelstier, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited on 30 March 2013 the Serbian Orthodox church-school congregation in Wupperthal, North-Rhine Westphalia on his way to Belgrade.
His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, in capacity of the administrator, visited the Diocese of Middle Europe for the second time in the last two months.
His Holiness arrived in Frankfurt on Wednesday, 27 March, at the airport where he was welcomed by bishop’s deputy, protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic and the head of Frankfurt’s church protonamesnik Simon Turkic. Following the arrival, Serbian Patriarch visited a new church building of our Holy Church in Frankfurt. The clergy of the Diocesan deanery for South Germany and many believers gathered at the church to welcome the Patriarch.
On Sunday of Orthodoxy, on the 14th anniversary since the beginning of the NATO military operation against Serbia and Montenegro, Orthodox believers gathered at the house of St. Nicholas parish of the Moscow Patriarchate in Reykyavik where the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Believers of Serbian, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarus, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Polish and Icelandic origin attended the memorial service for the victims of the NATO bombing served by the head of the parish, priest Timofei Zolotuski.