A solemn Vesper service was served on the eve of the feast, with the placing of the Badnjak, officiated by His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, with the concelebration of V. Rev. Stavrophor Zivorad Subotic, Protosindjel Vasilije (Gavrilovic) and Protodeacon Stefan Ikonomovsky. Many were gathered in church from surrounding areas: Toronto, Hamilton and Kitchener, taking part in the service and blessing of the Badnjak. After the service His Grace read the Nativity Encyclical of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
On the Sunday of the Holy God-bearing Fathers, January 11, 2015 His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America served the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Stephen the First Martyr and Archdeacon, on the occsion of the celeration of their church Slava. Con celebrating with the bishop were V. Rev. Predrag Bojovic, from the Seattle parish and the Episcopal dean of the Butte Deanery, Fr. Daniel Mackay from Eugene and the host priest Fr. Milan Unkovic. Also serving were the bishop's deacon, Deacon Zoran Aleksic and Deacon Stephen Dyer from Eugene.
Every year on the day of the baptism of our Lord two of the old calendar churches in Indianapolis Indiana gather at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church for Divine liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on January 20th, 2015.
Prime Minister Vucic informed the Patriarch on his last week’s visit to Kosovo and Metochia, emphasizing that the position of Serbia was not easy, but Serbia should act responsibly, wisely and unanimously „This is an approach we need to take in solving all of our country’s problems, the Prime minister said, adding that the dialogue with the Serbian Orthodox Church plays an important role in this approach.
On Saturday, January 10th, 2015, on the occasion of his archpastoral visit to the faithful in Oregon, His Grace Bishop Maxim traveled from Portland to Eugene to celebrate the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at St. John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church. Traveling with him were Fr. Milan Unkovic and a number of the faithful of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Portland. Also traveling with His Grace was the diocesan deacon, Deacon Zoran Aleksic. Together, they concelebrated with the clergy of St. John, Fr. Daniel Mackay and Deacon Stephen Dyer.