Orthodox Church of Moldova calls to prayer amidst measles outbreak

Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova calls upon clergy and laity to pray for the country's relief from measles, reports Interfax.

"We are deeply concerned about this unprecedented situation that has developed for the first time in 10 years. It bears great consequences, especially in the case of children... For this reason we ask priests and all faithful of the Church to pray for the country's relief from this contagious disease," said metropolitan Vladimir.

The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern

The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern
The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern
The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern
The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern

The Serbian Orthodox Community in Bern as well as in the whole of Switzerland had an exquisite honour and the blessing to attend an historical event – consecration of the church of Saints Cyril and Methodius at Belp near Bern, the first ever built Serbian Orthodox Church in Switzerland on 2 September 2018.

On this occasion His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej paid a canonical visit to this church and officiated the so-called great consecration of the church with concelebration of Metropolitan Ignatije of France, Western and South Europe (Patriarchate of Antioch); Metropolitan Joseph of Western Europe (Romanian Patriarchate), Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, all the parish priests from the Hierarchal Deanery for Switzerland, as well as of priests and deacons from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Romanian Orthodox Church. After the church consecration the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was celebrated.

The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica

The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica
The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica
The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica
The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica

His Grace Kyr Mitrofan Bishop of Canada visited the city of Windsor on the occasion of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos – Slava of the glorious Gracanica of Windsor. On that occasion, His Grace served the Hierarchical Liturgy, with the concelebrating clergy Very Rev.  Jovica Cetkovic, parish priest at the St. Dimitrije in Windsor, and Rev. Vladimir Vranic.

The honorable people of Windsor welcomed their Hierarch with great joy and took part in the prayerful gathering, all to the glory of the Most Holy Theotokos, the heavenly intercessor of our celebrating church. Following the Liturgy, a traditional festal procession was done around the church, after which His Grace blessed the Slava cake and kolyvo, in the presence of this year’s Slava godfather Mr. Jovan Urukalo and godmother Mrs. Janja (Jean) Urukalo, whom we congratulate and express our gratitude to them. After the Liturgy His Grace addressed the faithful people in church about the significance of the Feast, but also about the example of diversity of service to God, found in the gospel account on Mary and Martha. A warm welcome on behalf of the entire community, and a gratitude for His Grace’s presence at Slava in Windsor, was expressed in the church by Fr. Vladimir Vranic.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated a new church in Berne

Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated a new church in Berne
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated a new church in Berne
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated a new church in Berne
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated a new church in Berne

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, during his canonical visit to the Diocese of Austria-Switzerland, consecrated a new church dedicated to Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Berne, and had an opportunity to visit several Church and state representatives, on 3rd September 2018.

At the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, His Holiness Irinej was received by Dr. Snezana Jankovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbian to Switzerland, who informed the Patriarch on the status of the Serbian community in this country, about activities of the Embassy in preserving national and cultural identity, which is evident in organizing a Serbian Sunday school for children and very frequent cultural manifestations. The Serbian Patriarch thanked Mrs. Jankovic for all that the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia had been doing while supporting mission of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Switzerland  and the position of the Serbian people.

Transfiguration in Atlanta and International Art Exhibit

Transfiguration in Atlanta and International Art Exhibit
Transfiguration in Atlanta and International Art Exhibit
Transfiguration in Atlanta and International Art Exhibit
Transfiguration in Atlanta and International Art Exhibit

Art knows no boundaries and is often said that it connects people far and near.  This statement was very much proven to be true in our parish here in Atlanta. On the feast day of the Holy Transfiguration on August 19, 2018,  Sts. Peter and Paul organized our first international art exhibit. The art exhibit that we called “Touch” or in Serbian language “Dodir” we attempted to touch (dotaknemo) our homeland thru the art and bring it closer to our home here in the States. We have showcased 40 art pieces, some were mosaics, water paintings, and some beautiful icons.  In this exhibit we had professional artists from Serbian donate their art to us as well as our own local parishioners who eagerly jumped in and showcased their talent.  All the proceeds were donated towards our Sunday school.  It was a great joy and success to be to bring together artists from two continents and allow them to “touch” us with their talent.