With great joy we wish to inform the faithful of the Western American Diocese, God-loving clergy, venerable monastics of our Church and all our neighbors, that His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Kyr IRINEJ, on December 4th, 2011, the Feast Day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos, will visit our Parish of Saint Sava in Phoenix, Arizona, and serve the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
In the continuation of the visit to Orthodox church communities of the newly-founded Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America of the Serbian Patriarchate, His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije these days is visiting Brazil.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno was present at the vesper service before the beginning of the Christmas Lent in the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade, after which the solemn dinner was prepared. During one hundred seventy and five years of the existence of this school traditionally on the Christmas poklade around the table of love are professors and students are gathered.
On the feast day of St. King Stephen of Decani which is celebrated as a donator's slava of the monastery, St. Liturgy was served by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija with the concelebration of retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and 30 priests. In the Liturgy Decani monastery sang, and about 1000 believers participated from various places from Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska and abroad. The liturgy was attended by Mr. Oliver Ivanovic (state secretary at Ministry for Kosovo and Metohija), dean of the Pristina University in Mitrovica Professor Dr Vitosevic, representatives of UNMIK, KFOR, EULEX, EU and international diplomatic missions.
With the blessing of His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan, in an old monastery of St. John Chrysostom in Nizepolj near Bitolj, on the occasion of the monastery's slava and the name day of His Beatitude, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum Tenens of Bitolj kyr Marko with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop of Stobi and Locum Tenens of Strumica kyr David and priests of the Archbishopric of Ohrid.