With great joy the faithful of the Western American Diocese, God-loving clergy, venerable monastics and our neighbors welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej in Phoenix, Arizona. His Holiness during his visit on the Feast Day of the Entry of the Theotokos Into the Temple on Sunday, December 4th, 2011, served the Divine Hierarchical Liturgy at St. Sava Church. He also visited the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Anthony the Great (Florence, AZ) and the Serbian monastery of St. Paisius (Safford, AZ).
Monastery of St. Roman - His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis served on December 2, 2011 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of St. Roman. At the end of the Liturgy the Bishop, priests and faithful people all together prayed for the soul of nun Marina of blessed repose, the sister of this holy family, and on the occasion of forty days since her death.
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija served today the Divine Liturgy in the church of the Transfiguration of God in the village of Pasjane in Kosovo Pomoravlje. In this Serbian village there are 378 households and about 2000 inhabitants. In the primary and in two high schools there are 300 pupils. This village is in the area which is populated by the Serbs who had not left their homes.
On behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno received on December 8, 2011 at the Serbian Patriarchate Professor Dr. Valery Alexeyev, president of the Fund of Unity of Orthodox Peoples from Moscow.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan celebrated Vavedenje Presvete Bogorodice, the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, joining Rev. Miladin Blagojevic and his parishioners on Sunday, December 4, 2011 for the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
When addressing the faithful his Grace Dr. Bishop Mitrofan expressed the importance of love towards God, but also the stressed out how important it is to love and respect each other. Once again our dear Kolo sisters have worked hard and prepared yet another delicious lunch for all the parishioners.