His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Prophet Elijah at Sokolac, Republic of Srpska, and handed in His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas the order of Holy King Milutin, as a token of love and gratitude for the all thatt the Metropolitan had done in his life.
The order of Holy King Milutin the Serbian Orthodox Church presented to Metropolitan Nicholas of Dabar-Bosna for his effective, fruitful forty-years-long hierarchal work in the field of the ecclesial mission and education, as well as in the field of construction and renovation of shrines and theological institutions of our Holy Church.
His Eminence Amphilochius, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, the Bishop-Administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central American of the Serbian Patriarchate, began his three-day visit to the Argentinian province of Chaco on Friday, December 12th.
His Eminence is accompanied by Archimandrite Kirilo Bojovich, Bishop’s deputy of the Diocese; hieromonk Simeon Lopez, parish priest in Medellin, Colombia; and protodeacon Nikola Radish, president of the Church-school congregation in Buenos Aires as well as protodeacon Igor Balaban from Cetinje. Metropolitan Amphilochius and his delegation were welcomed at the airport in Resistencia by local Serbian priests.
On Friday around 4:00 p.m., on the day of his Slava, respected Very Rev. Fr. Aleksandar Ivanovic passed away. Fr. Aleksandar was recently retired from the active duties of the Parish Priest of St. Stephen of Decani Church at Leland Street, Chicago, and he was, for decades, serving as the Diocesan Secretary of the former Diocese of America and Canada, Metropolitanate of New Gracanica.
Memorial service will be held on Monday, December 22nd, at St. Stephen of Decani Church at Leland Street, Chicago, at 7:00 p.m. On Tuesday, December 23rd, Memorial Liturgy will be served at 9:00 a.m., at the New Gracanica Monastery, followed by the Burial service. He will be buried at the New Gracanica cemetery.
Source: New Gracanica and Midwestern America Diocese
Twenty-Eighth Sunday after Pentecost; The Venerable Patapius; Holy Sosthenes, Apollos, and others; Serbian Children’s Day
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE THREE:
Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad! For the Lord has shown strength with His arm! He has trampled down death by death! He has become the firstborn of the dead! He has delivered us from the depths of hell, and has granted to the world great mercy!
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan initiated and actively participated in the Twenty-Sixth Annual Pittsburgh Deanery Meeting on Christian Education at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. The meeting was held on December 13, 2014, the day St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle was commemorated. Very Reverend Stavrophor Rade Merick, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery greeted the attendees.