The St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton, Ohio had a special visit on Thursday, October 6th when the Wonderworking and Myrrh-streaming "Hawaiian" Iveron Icon made a visit en route to Pennsylvania. Though the visit was made in the middle of a work day one pulling up to the church and seeing all the cars would have thought it was Pascha. In fact, Reader Nektarios, the caretaker of the icon, in his address to the faithful after the service noted the miracles that have occurred before this icon and the many faithful, an estimated quarter of a million, who have venerated it over the course of a few years. "And everywhere we go," he added, "the churches are filled as if it were Pascha".
Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago area is a regular, and strongest, participant in the annual Christmas gift drive for Foster children organized by Chicago Department of Children and Family Services. Click on the link here to read more about this year’s drive.
The Saints Peter and Paul Church parish in South Bend held their gala 100th Anniversary celebration this past weekend. His Grace Bishop Longin gave blessings for the occasion and presided over the festivities along with several clergy members in attendance: parish priest Rev. Sasha Nedic, Rev. Lazar Kostur, Rev. Marko Matic, Rev. Aleksandar Novakovic, and Rev. Dobrivoje Milunovic. Milan Medich, church president, directed the combined choirs from Sts. Peter & Paul South Bend, St. Elijah Merrillville, and St. Sava Merrillville, who sang opening prayers and gave a fantastic choral performance accompanied by MISMO Tamburitza Orchestra.
On Friday, October 14th, New Gracanica Monastery will be celebrating its Slava. On Thursday, Vespers will be served at 5:00 pm, as usual. On Friday morning, Divine Liturgy will begin at 10:00 am, with His Grace Bishop Longin officiating. After Divine Liturgy there will be lunch and reception at the big hall.
On Saturday, October 15th, the well-known Konevets Quartet from Russia will be at New Gracanica. They will participate at the Vespers service, starting at 5:00 pm, and will also have a program of folk music after the service. There is no cost for the concert, but donations are accepted and CDs will be available for purchase.
The Myhrr Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God came to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on the evening of October 6, 2011. An Akathist to the Mother of God was served. Participating clergy included Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rade Merick, Protopresbyter Lt.Col. Adam Yonitch and Rev. Father Matthew Stagon. Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov was in attendance as was Mitred Archpriest Stephan Romanchak. Choir Director Sonia Janson organized the readers for the responses.