His Holiness Patriarch Irinej and His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios Preach at the Divine Liturgy of Canonization of St. Sebastian Dabovich9. September 2015 - 9:02
The festivities of the Diocesan Days gathering of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America continued on Saturday with the celebration of the festal Matins and Divine Liturgy for the canonization of the Serbian-American missionary saint Sebastian Dabovich. His Grace Maxim and his clergy and people were joined by Orthodox clergy and faithful of the area and from all over America and beyond. Amongst the visiting hierarchs the jurisdictions of the Greek, Russian (both Moscow Patriarchal and ROCOR), Georgian, Bulgarian, and American (OCA) Orthodox Churches were represented.
"How beautiful and what a great blessing it is to be gathered here in church, in God's house," His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej exclaimed with joy at the conclusion of the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on the third and final day of this year's Diocesan Days. And truly what a blessing it is each and every year when the entire diocese - the clergy and laity - come together and gather in one place, around one altar, around their hierarch on that most sacred day of Sunday, the Lord's Day, for the Holy Eucharist.
This year the faithful of the Western American Diocesan had the added joy of having the first hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, lead them in that eucharistic joy.
The Eastern Region Federation of the KSS-Circle of Serbian Sisters celebrates the Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God each year as the organization’s Slava.
This year the Federation Slava was celebrated at the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on August 28, 2015. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated with the blessing of the Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo.
On Saturday, August 29th, the St George Serbian Orthodox community hosted their first-ever Serbian Festival. Starting with offering fresh ‘krofne’ and ‘palacinke’ at 10am, the doors remained open until 9:30pm.
photo: Larry Angier