With prayer and a special blessing, clergy and church members broke ground Saturday on a new cemetery at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, which will serve Orthodox Church members of all ethnic groups.
A solemn procession led by His Grace Bishop Longin and priests from several Orthodox parishes in Indiana and Illinois brought church members from St. Sava church building north to the site where the cemetery will be built.
Over 110 high school and college students came together for spirituality, fellowship, and healing.
On November 26th and 27th, the faithful of St. Sava Jackson gathered to commemorate the founders of the parish and the Feast of St. Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco.
The two-day event began with Great Vespers on Saturday evening. At the invitation of His Grace Bishop Maxim, His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin (OCA, San Francisco) attended the service which was led by Fr. Stephen Tumbas. Following vespers, the clergy with their wives and the bishops dined at the National Hotel.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Archimandrite Gervasios Pantopoulos and his associates from the Diakonia for aid to the poor and the imprisoned on 25 November 2016.
This great friend of the Serbian people, who had been some time earlier awarded with the order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree, visited for the first time the imprisoned in Serbia and brought a donation and gifts for the poorest prisoners in the District Prison in Belgrade.