His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America joined Fr. Christopher Rocknage of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton, Pennsylvania and the Orthodox Clergy of greater Harrisburg on the eve of Theopany, Sunday, January 18, 2015, for the Water Blessing at the Susquehanna River.
Besides Fr. Christopher, concelebrating with the bishop were Fr. Mark Lichtenstein (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Camp Hill), Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Mechanicsburg), Fr. Daniel Ressetar (Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg), Fr. Stephen Vernak (Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg) and Deacon Seraphim Reynolds (Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Mechanicsburg).
For the first time in six years, the Eve of the Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ (Holy Cross Day) fell on a Sunday.
His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Liturgy at Saint Steven’s Cathedral with the Cathedral clergy – Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko, Dean, Protopresbyter Stavrophor Ilija Daikovich, Presbyter Norman Kosanovich – and the Diocesan Deacon, Zoran Aleksic.
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The community of faithful at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago festively celebrated the great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy served by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, our diocesan hierarch.
A solemn Vesper service was served on the eve of the feast, with the placing of the Badnjak, officiated by His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, with the concelebration of V. Rev. Stavrophor Zivorad Subotic, Protosindjel Vasilije (Gavrilovic) and Protodeacon Stefan Ikonomovsky. Many were gathered in church from surrounding areas: Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener, taking part in the service and blessing of the Badnjak. After the service His Grace read the Nativity Encyclical of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
On the Sunday of the Holy God-bearing Fathers, January 11, 2015 His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America served the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Stephen the First Martyr and Archdeacon, on the occsion of the celeration of their church Slava. Con celebrating with the bishop were V. Rev. Predrag Bojovic, from the Seattle parish and the Episcopal dean of the Butte Deanery, Fr. Daniel Mackay from Eugene and the host priest Fr. Milan Unkovic. Also serving were the bishop's deacon, Deacon Zoran Aleksic and Deacon Stephen Dyer from Eugene.