On Wednesday, January 20th, 2015 His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa celebrated his Patron Saint-day by officiating the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Novi Sad.
His Grace was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Pahomije of Vranje, David of Krusevac, Andrej of Austria-Switzerland and Jeronim of Jegar, as well as Archimandrites Prokopije Tadzar, Isihije Rogic, hieromonk Jelisej Troicki Vyjovic, protopresbyters-staurophors Dusan Kolundzic and Vladimir Vukasinovic, brotherhood of the Cathedral church and deacons of Novi Sad. Retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla attended the Holy Liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade on the Feast of the Cross, 18 January 2016.
The Liturgy was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic. The clergy of the Cathedral church concelebrated to the Patriarch. The First Belgrade's Singing Society sang responses.
With the Archpastoral Blessings and the presence of His Grace Bishop Dr.Mitrophan, the Seventh Annual Diocesan Winter Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese was held December 28-30, 2015. The retreat was held at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, Akron, Ohio.
The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, has officially proclaimed January 27th, the feast day of the revered Serbian patron saint of education and culture, as Saint Sava Academy Day in Chicago in recognition of the school’s work and for its contributions to the community.
The Mayor’s proclamation also noted that Saint Sava Academy is “the only full-time elementary school in Chicago offering dual language education in both Serbian and Russian languages,” “offers a safe community where students are able to express their culture and religious beliefs,” and “sustains an Orthodox faith-based education that provides students a strong spiritual compass both inside and outside the classroom.”
By the Grace of God
Orthodox Bishop of Western America
Grace, Peace and Mercy from the God-Child Christ the Savoir
For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and His Name shall be called THE ANGEL OF GREAT COUNCIL,
Wonderful Councelor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
We lift up our hearts to Things Above as we praise our Savior, the Angel of Great Council, who grants us peace and heals every division in His creation. With Him, every expression of joy over life, of wonderment over the unknown, the desire to transcend death, and to seek justice for suffering people - especially in Kosovo and Syria - continue to exist and are brought into sharper focus.