His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the monastery of Holy Martyr Christopher at Mislodjin, in the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, on 16 July 2015.
On this occasion Patriarch Irinej was informed about the final works relating to the construction of the monastery church, which was built on the conserved foundations of an old church which had been built, according to a tradition, during the reign of Serbian King Dragutin. According to archeological research, the founding of this sacred place has been located into the 15th century and the time of Despot Stefan Lazarevic. It was in the mid-16th century that Ottoman invaders plundered and burnt down this holy shrine, slaying monastery brotherhood. While digging the foundations for the new church, preserved bones of murdered monks were found, and they will be placed in a reliquary in the crypt of the new monastery church.
With its centennial anniversary in sight, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Omaha, Nebraska, celebrated its ninety-eighth Slava on Sunday, May 17, 2015. This particular Slava observance will go down in the annals of St. Nicholas Church for several reasons, most notably for the magnanimous presence of His Grace, Bishop Sava, who with great personal sacrifice rearranged his schedule in order to visit the Omaha colony. Due to Sabor (Assembly of Bishops) which takes place every year during a month of May, in the Serbian capitol Belgrade, St. Nicholas Church in Omaha rarely has the honor of hosting its Bishop for its Church Slava - the Transfer Relics of St. Nicholas (May 22nd) Our Diocese, however, has been blessed by the presence of retired Bishop Sava, who now resides at New Gračanitca Monastery, and acts as Bishop Longin's extended arm by serving and visiting parishes within our vast Diocese.
Seminary alumnus the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nikola Ceko (M.Div. ’85) was honored Sunday, June 28, 2015, when the newest children’s book published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press)—Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins—was formally dedicated to him. Father Nicholas was presented with the freshly printed book at a special ceremony in the fellowship hall of St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Alhambra, CA, where “Fr. Nick” has been the Dean since 1994.
His Grace Bishop Maxim made his Archpastoral visit to the Saint John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in Reno Nevada on July 5, 2015. The occasion was to gather the faithful for the Church Slava, the annual Eucharistic Celebration of the Saint of this temple commemorating the Nativity of the Holy Forerunner Saint John the Baptist. Greeting his grace was the Parish Priest Protopresbyter Fr. James Barfield and accompanying his grace was Deacon Dragan Stojanovich from the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Jackson California.
5th Sunday after Pentecost: The Holy Hieromartyr Eusebius; Venerable Anastasia of Serbia
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FOUR: When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection, they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown! Christ God is risen, granting the world great mercy!