The Thronal Feast of the monastery of Kovilj - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers was celebrated with the solemn liturgical gathering on Friday, 21 November 2014.
His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa, hieromonk Isihije, Archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), brotherhood of the monastery of Kovilj and deacons of Novi Sad. The monks of the Kovilj Monastery sang responses along with students of the church singing school, led by archdeacon Jerotej.
On Saturday and Sunday, November 1-2, 2014, in the capital of the United States, the Serbian community and all Orthodox Christians had cause for great celebration. Fifty-three years after the founding of the Serbian Orthodox parish of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke in Washington DC, the Serbian community witnessed the completion of the construction of their new church in Potomac, Maryland, an exclusive suburb of Washington DC. After organization of the spiritual life of the flock in rented spaces and borrowed churches, and after many years of outgrowing a small chapel on 16th Street, NW, in Washington, the completion of the new church was accomplished after much anticipation as a center for our Orthodox Christian people who live in the mid-Atlantic region, especially Washington, DC and Baltimore.
In the course of a day, over 5' of snow fell in the regions surrounding Buffalo, NY. Please remember all those who are buried in their homes, stranded, or in need of shelter as they brace for another 20-30" of snow in the near future. St Stephen's in Lackawanna is pictured, buried in this terrible, early, winter storm.
Source: Eastern American Diocese
The monks of Dechani, led by Right Reverend Abbot Sava, served the Vigil service of the feast in the presence of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Their Graces Bishops Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Ilarion of Timok.
The service was attended by believers from Kosovo and Metohia, and more than 200 pilgrims from other parts of Serbia, but also from Albania and Montenegro. This morning the Liturgy has begun at 9 a.m.
In honour of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej arranged a reception which was attended by members of the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church, bishops and clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as by representatives of the public and political life of Serbia.
On this occasion Serbian Patriarch Irinej awarded Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk and Bishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk with the Order of Saint Sava, 2nd degree; while protopresbyters Nikolai Balashov, Igor Jakimchuk, Andrei Milkin and protodeacon Vladimir Nazarkin, deacon Alexander Volkov and Mr. Legoida Vladimir Romanovich, were awarded with the Order of Saint Sava, 3rd degree.