On Saturday April 1, 2017, Orthodox faithful gathered at Descent of the Holy Spirit Romanian Orthodox Church in Elkins Park PA., for the service of Holy Unction.
The service was celebrated by Fr. Adrian Grigoras, rector of the host parish, Fr. Milorad Orlic of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Protosingelos Chesarie Bertea and Fr. Dimitire Musta, both from New York City.
The main topic of the conversation was the Festival of Christian culture that is due to take place from 14 to 27 September 2017.
For the sake of a successful cooperation of the Diocese of the Timok with institutions of culture and education of the city of Zajecar, an informal reception was held in the Diocesan centre, where the competent Bishop Ilarion welcomed directors and managers of the National Museum in Zajecar, the Historical Archives "Timok Krajina", the Central Library "Svetozar Markovic", the Regional Theater "Zoran Radmilovic", the Center for Culture and Tourism "CEKIT", High School of Zajecar and Youth Center "Zajecar Initiative" with their associates.
On Sunday April 2nd, 2017, Orthodox clergy and faithful from the Greater Philadelphia area gathered for Vespers at St. Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church in Gradyville PA., a parish known for its large collection of saints' relics which it accumulated through the energetic efforts of its rector, Fr. John Perich.
Amongst the array of relics are vestments which St. Nikolaj (Velimirovic) wore. Present by their relics the "...great cloud of witnesses..." (Heb.12:1), gave an increased aura of holiness to the Vespers.
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, on Sunday, March 2nd, clergy from the Cleveland Deanery gathered at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in North Canton for Lenten Vespers. The choir sang magnificently as those present joined the clergy in prayer and hymn.
Immediately following Vespers. the faithful gathered in the St. George Event Center. The Circle of Serbian Sisters offered a unique Lenten meal which featured food from both the Serbian tradition as well as Mediterranean fare.