As it says in Psalm 136, “O give thanks unto the LORD for he is good; for His mercy endures forever.” For the second year in a row, the St George Serbian Orthodox Parish in Lorain, Ohio has given thanks to God by offering a Thanksgiving meal for the neediest in our community.
St George Community Outreach Coordinator, Valerie Bihary, organized multiple families in the St George parish to prepare, cook and serve this holiday meal in Lorain County’s only 24 hour emergency shelter. The parish responded to her request by prepping enough food and dessert for multiple days worth of meals!
Saint Stefan of Dechani, Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio celebrated its Slava on Sunday, November 24th 2013. Divine Liturgy started at 10:00 a.m. and was followed with the blessing of the Kolac and Koljivo.
On Sunday, December 1st, 2013 after the visit to the church of Saint Luke in Dortmund and the parish of Saint Stephen in Essen, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Sava in Dusseldorf.
Before the arrival to the church, Serbian Patriarch visited a city cemetery in Dusseldorf. After the decision of the city authorities, a special part of this cemetery where Orthodox Serbs, Russians and Greeks are being buried has been determined recently. The church and courtyard were full of children and pious Serbs from Dusseldorf and surrounding area who waited for His Holiness.
On Monday, 2 December 2013 in morning hours Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited Orthodox Serbs and his church of Holy Emperor Lazar in Kassel.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by the Serbs from this town along with priest Simon Turkic from Frankfurt, the administrator of the parish. Presbyters Aleksandar Perkovic and Bosko Janjic served the parish. Serbian Patriach had a long talk with priests and the Administration. Episcopal dean protopresbyter-stavrophor was attended by protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic.
On Sunday December 1, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Luke the Apostle in Dortmund and the Church-school congregation of Saint Stephen in Essen.
During the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy Serbian Patriarch Irinej was concelebrated by Archbishop Longin of Klin from the Russian Orthodox Church, episcopal deputy protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic, protopresbyter-stavrophor Dordje Trajkovic, head of the church; protopresbyter-stavrophor Nedjo Janic and other priests. Following the Liturgy Archbishop Longin informed His Holiness about the work of the Conference of Orthodox Bishops of Germany.
The church-school congregation in Dortmund was founded in 1985 with the blessing of Bishop Lavrentije. It has two parishes. Parish letter is published six times a year. Youth gathers once a week at the church center and their involvement in the life of the Church is increasing. The parish has a choir which each Sunday brightens the service of God. The head of the church is protopresbyter-stavrophor Djordje Trajkovic, former professor of the Prizren seminary.