The Annual blessing of the Monongahela River near St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania in connection with the Feast of Theophany began in 1999 and has continued to the present. Parishioners come to the riverside and the St. George Choir sings responses. An ice cross prepared by Sonia Janson is placed in the river at the conclusion of the service.
The Chicago Deanery clergy, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin, held the meeting on January 15, 20015 in St. Sava Church facilities in Merrillville, Indiana. His Grace Bishop Longin attended meeting and extended greetings and his blessings to all present. There were 14 priests in attendance: protopresbyters-stavrofors Nedeljko Lunich, Bogdan Zjalic, Luka Lukic, Ilija Balach, Milos Vesin, Savo Bosanac; protopresbyters: Savo Cakardic, Dobrivoje Milunovic, Aleksandar Novakovic, Marko Matic, Darko Spasojevic; protonamesnik Radovan Jakovljevic; presbyters Sasa Nedic and Nikolaj Kostur.
The meeting was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod. At the meeting they discussed issues and problems faced by the Church and the State, as well as ways of overcoming them.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India in Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate today, on January 21st, 2015.
On the feast of Theophany, His Eminence Amfilohije,Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and a service of the Blessing of the Water at the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
After the Liturgy at the Cathedral church, the Metropolitan blessed the waters under the ancient Nemanjic town, at the confluence of Ribnica into Moraca and in the presence of many believers from Podgorica, at noon. Following this, there was a traditional throwing of the Holy Cross into the water and swimming for it, in which 123 competitors participated.