Kursk Icon to visit New Gracanica Monastery

Tomorrow, March 14th, New Gracanica Monastery will be visited by the miracle-working Kursk Root Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God. Akathist to the Kursk Icon will be at 1:30 pm.

Presanctified Liturgy at Saint Demetrius in Fairlawn

Presanctified Liturgy at Saint Demetrius in Fairlawn
Presanctified Liturgy at Saint Demetrius in Fairlawn
Presanctified Liturgy at Saint Demetrius in Fairlawn
Presanctified Liturgy at Saint Demetrius in Fairlawn

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, priests from around the Cleveland Deanery gathered to celebrate the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts on Friday, March 10th at St. Demetrius in Fairlawn, Ohio.  The parish filled with faithful from many different parishes as Fr. Milan Pajic, parish priest of St. Archangel Michael in Akron, and Fr. Aleksa Pavichevich, parish priest of St. George in North Canton, served together with great solemnity.

North Canton Annual Lenten Retreat to New York

North Canton Annual Lenten Retreat to New York
North Canton Annual Lenten Retreat to New York
North Canton Annual Lenten Retreat to New York
North Canton Annual Lenten Retreat to New York

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on Thursday, March 1st, parishioners from St. George church in North Canton departed for their 3rd annual Lenten Retreat to New York City.  As in years prior, the group stayed in White Plains, north of the city, in close proximity to their retreat location at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Tuckahoe, New York.

Suffering Kosovo monastery unveils English-language website and store

Suffering Kosovo monastery unveils English-language website and store
Suffering Kosovo monastery unveils English-language website and store
Suffering Kosovo monastery unveils English-language website and store
Suffering Kosovo monastery unveils English-language website and store

Draganac Monastery of the Holy Archangels Gabriel and Michael, a small monastery in Kosovo and Metohija, has recently unveiled a website in English about the monastery, the local region, and its history and present state. This is the only such website in English, about one of the ancient monasteries now living under Muslim rule in Kosovo.

The site contains a presentation of the young brotherhood, which was re-established in the ancient but abandoned monastery in the 1990s thanks to the efforts of Visoki Dečani Monastery. The abbot is Archimandrite Ilarion, and the brotherhood numbers 12 members, one of the larger monastic communities at present in Kosovo, where the situation for Orthodox Christians is an extremely difficult one. Following the violent attacks and subsequent mass expulsions of the Serbian Orthodox population in 1999 and 2004, Orthodox Christians who remain in Kosovo are mostly forced to live in small, rural, isolated ethnic ghettos, barred from participating in general society, where there are few prospects for employment and the psychological impact of living in prolonged isolation can be crushing. More and more Orthodox Christians continue to be forced to leave Kosovo, and with each one that leaves, the situation becomes all the more difficult for those who remain.

Funeral of +Protopresbyter-Staurophor Stevan Stepanov

Funeral of +Protopresbyter-Staurophor Stevan Stepanov
Funeral of +Protopresbyter-Staurophor Stevan Stepanov
Funeral of +Protopresbyter-Staurophor Stevan Stepanov
Funeral of +Protopresbyter-Staurophor Stevan Stepanov

The Serbian Orthodox Church lost a devoted, faithful, and loving servant in this world with the passing of Protojerej-Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov on February 24, 2018 at his home in Medina, Ohio.  From February 1973 until his retirement in August 2014, +Proto Stevan served the Serbian Orthodox Church as pastor of the parish of the Holy Prophet Elijah in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. He returned to his beloved Sveti Ilija a final time for his funeral and burial on February 27-28, 2018.