A new tradition began in the Pan Orthodox community of the Shenango Valley in Northwest Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 22, 2012 as parishioners from the local Orthodox parishes gathered Sunday afternoon at the Shenango River for a Theophany celebration and the blessing of the Shenango River. The Shenango River is a principal tributary of the Beaver River in western Pennsylvania. It also briefly flows through small portions of northeastern Ohio.
On the occasion of Epiphany, His Grace Bishop Konstantin served on January 18, the feast day's vesper service in Göppingen and performed Epiphany's water blessing. On Epiphany, His Grace Bishop served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and the Great Water blessing at the church of Synaxis of Holy Serbs in Stuttgart.
His GRace Bishop Milutin of Valjevo on the day of His Patron Saint's Day, the Saint John the Prophet, Forerunner and the Baptist of the Lord, served the Divine Liturgy in the side chapel of the Bishopric court in Valjevo.
In the side chapel devoted to this saint, Bishop was concelebrated by heugomen Michael, head of the monastery of Jovanja near Valjevo, and hierodeacon Siluan (Popovic), professor of the Prizren seminary. The act of cutting the slava cake was done in the presence of priests and monks of the Diocese of Valjevo, Mayor and representatives of the authorities and the institutions of the Town of Valjevo.
Cabramatta - In a Cathedral church of St. Great Martyr George in Sidney's Cabramatta the feast day of Teophany was celebrated this year in a most solemn way. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia-New Zealand with the concelebration of protopresbyter-staurophor Djura Djordjevic, head of the church, presbyter Djordje Veselinovic, second parish priest of Cabramatta and deacon Nemanja Mrdjenovic.
The Orthodox Diocese of Backa continued prayerful marking of seventieth anniversary of Novi Sad-Sajkas Raid with appropriate academy Children of Immortality, which was held on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 19h in the Great Hall of the Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad.
After the Prayer of the Lord, which was chanted by the choir of the Grammar school Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj, the attendees were addressed by His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa.