Children’s Day in Philadelphia

On December 17 the children of St. Nicholas in Philadelphia celebrated “detinjci”, Serbian Children’s Day, with a program to St. Nicholas. In the Serbian tradition, the three Sunday's prior to the Feast of the Nativity are dedicated to the family - Children's Day, Mother's Day, and Father's Day.

On these Sundays the person to whom that day is dedicated is “tied up” and must give a gift to be untied. This year's Children's Day began with Divine Liturgy where our families and children partook of Holy Communion. Following service the parents and teachers tied up the children. As their gift to be untied the Children offered a program about Sveti Nikola.

Bishop Jovan serves at St. Sava church in Aerodrom

On the feast day of Holy Martyr Bonifacius, 1 January 2017, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Saint Sava Church in Aerodrom. He was concelebrated by the local clergy.

Winter Youth Retreat 2017 Summary

Winter Youth Retreat 2017 Summary
Winter Youth Retreat 2017 Summary
Winter Youth Retreat 2017 Summary
Winter Youth Retreat 2017 Summary

The Winter Youth Retreat was once again a great success.  Over 120 participants (maximum capacity reached and other people were politely being turned away but they were still coming as guests during the day)  gathered at the New Gracanica Monastery to experience and learn more about their faith while enjoying the fellowship of others.  Thanks to the blessing of our bishop Longin and protection of The Mother of God, the participants had the opportunity to attend lectures, discussions, church services and visit the game room that held a variety of activities.  On the first evening, participants met their roommates and lined up for dinner to further get to know each other.   The orientation then educated the participants regarding the schedule and rules for the week.  Everybody introduced themselves individually and then proceeded to the church for an Akathist service.  After the service, participants sat in the circle and had the opportunity to share their most difficult moments of 2017.

25th Parish Anniversary in Boston

25th Parish Anniversary in Boston
25th Parish Anniversary in Boston
25th Parish Anniversary in Boston
25th Parish Anniversary in Boston

 

 

The Boston parish and the Cathedral of Saint Sava celebrated the great jubilee on December 9 and 10, 2017 –25 years since it’s re-establishment and 25 years of continuous service to God and the people. The celebration began with a Vespers service which was followed by a banquet and a special program in the church hall.

Even though it was snowing on Saturday, a large number of people responded by coming to the celebration. In addition to the local priest and parishioners, the celebration was attended by the Bishop of the Canadian Diocese Dr. Mitrofan, Bishop John of Worcester and New England from the Antiochian Archdiocese, and our own Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese. Others in attendance included priests from the Romanian, Bulgarian, Russian, and Greek Orthodox Churches. The Consul General from the Consulate of the Republic of Serbia in New York, Honorable Mirjana Živković, was also present. A large number of parishioners from the Patterson parish in New Jersey joined the celebration along with several Serbian priests including Fr. Zivojin Jakovljevic (New York), Fr. Djokan Majstorovic (New Jersey), Fr. Chris Rocknage (Pennsylvania), and Fr. Ivan Marjanovic (Maine) who served. Two diocesan deacons, Jovan Anicic and Milos Zdralic, also attended and served.