In the monastery of Decani this year's celebration of the donator's slava, St. King Stephen of Decani began with a feast day's vesper service which was served by Bishop Teodosije of Raska Prizren and Kosovo and Metohija and retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina. The vesper was attended by 200 monks, nuns and believers from many Dioceses of the SOC.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served on Sunday, on the feast day dedicated to St. Apostle Philip, with the concelebrationo of priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. Great Martyr Demetrios in New Belgrade.
The St. Archangel Michael Serbia Orthodox Church in Vancouver celebrated their Church Slava once again this year very festively. Since the feastday this year happen to fall on a Monday this year, the Slava was celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20, 2011.
It was for this occasion that our archpastor, His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, visited our parish. The bishop arrived at the Vancouver airport on Saturday, November 19 with his deacon Marko Radmanovic and Dr. Goran Popovic, the vice president of the Diocesan council, where he was welcomed by members of the church board and Prota Desimir. From the airport they went to the beautiful church for Vespers. Afterward, the bishop greeted and blessed all the faithful.
The committee for the preservation of the national monuments of BiH declared the church of the Assumption of Most Holy Theotokos in Pale a national monument of the BiH. The church was built in 1909, and the consecration was done bz Metropolitan Evgenije Letica. The consecration of the foundation of the church was performed on St. Peter's Day on July 12, 1908 and the rite of the consecration was done by priest Vaso Popovic. More than thousand people were present at the consecration of the foundation. Two and a half months after this event an anexy of the BiH happened, so the building of the church continued under hard conditions.
Already on August 30, 1909 church was finished and dedicated to the Assumption of Most Holy Theotokos which the municipality of Pale celebrated as its Patron Saint's Day of the town.