The Eucharistic gathering was presided over by His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Novi Sad and Bachka, with the concelebration of Bishop Jovan (Puric) and brotherhood of the Cathedral church.
In his sermon Bishop Irinej pointed out that St. Sava preferred love to Christ to anything else, and multiplied the gifts of the Holy Spirit he was entrusted with while serving to the Lord Jesus Christ. We celebrate him as a saint of the Church of Christ, as a sincere servant of God, being permanently a man of prayer and endeavor, respected as a saint even during his life-time. St. Apostle Paul testified to the true High Priest, and every Bishop should be such – a servant of Christ’s Church, being ready to lay even his life for his spiritual flock. Such a High Priest is St. Sava, said Bishop Dr. Irinej (Bulovic).
His Eminence Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana Porfirius presided over the Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of the Serbian Orthodox General High School (Gymnaisum).
Concelebrants to the Metropolutan were archpriest-stavrophor Marko Nogi,. prоtоsyncell Veniamin, hieromonk Dionysius from the Kovilj Monastery and deacon Branimir Jokic. The Liturgy was attended by the Zagreb faithful, pupils and teachers of this High School “Katarina Brankovic – Kantakuzina”. The Hierarch blessed the St. Patron’s cake and wheat.
On Thursday, January 17th, 2017 His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America hosted a gathering in honor of Her Royal Highness Princess Elizabeth, who was visiting from Belgrade, together with the Executive Officer of the Princess’ Serbian Foundation, Mr Dragan Babic. Joining them were her nephew, His Royal Highness Prince Dimitri, and Princess Elizabeth’s granddaughter, Ms. India Lily Balfour, as well as Mr. Adam Tatalovich, Pro Personnel Scout under famed NBA Star Vlade Divac for the Sacramento Kings.
The Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Annual River Blessing of the Monongahela River at the time of Theophany was held in Fairmont, West Virginia on Saturday, January 21, 2017 following the Divine Liturgy. At the conclusion of the service at the riverside, a cross crafted by Sonia Janson was placed in the river.