With the blessing of God, the church and the parish of Saint Sava in the capital of Germany, on the feast day of the First Archbishop of Serbia, were honored with a great spiritual celebration.
For the first time as a competent Bishop, His Grace Bishop Sergije of Middle Europe, on the occasion of the Patron Saint-day of the church, visited this church of Saint Sava in downtown Berlin. The celebration began with a vesper service on the Eve of the feast day celebrated by Bishop Sergije and Berlin’s parish priests. On the feast day of Saint Sava, Bishop Sergije officiated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop John (Haikala) of Palmyra (Antiochian Patriarchate) and nine Orthodox priests from Berlin: archimandrite Emanuel Sfiatkos (Ecumenical Patriarchate), archpriest Andrey Sikoyev and archpriest Alexy (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad), protosincellos Climent Londroman (Romanian Patriarchate), archpriest Ljubomir Leontinov and archpriest Julian (Bulgarian Patriarchate), protopresbyter-stavrophor Dragan Sekulic, archpriest Veljko Gacic and presbyter Radomir Kolundzic.
Within the Saint Sava week in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in parishes of Amsterdam and Nijmegen and Vlissingen Saint Sava was solemnly celebrated. The Holy Liturgy on the feast-day of Saint Sava was officiated by protopresbyter Dusan Erdelj in Amsterdam, while Saint Sava’s evening gatherings were organized in other parishes during the weekend.
Following up Patriarch Irinej and President Nikolic, the attendees were addressed by Professor Dr. Miodrag Popovic, deputy dean of the University of Belgrade, guests from the Faculties of Theology in Ljubljana and Zagreb, as well as by Professor Dr. Darko Djogo, dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Foca. Protopresbyter-stavrophor Professor Dr. Dragomir Sando held a lecture on the theme “Saint Sava’s Legacy and Education”.
Images from the consecration of the main Holy Cross and placing of the dome/kupola upon St. Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church.
This year’s Annual March for Life took place in Washington D.C. on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Thousands of people of all ages gathered with the common purpose of affirming the preservation of the lives of the unborn. The March for Life is a collective expression of the value of life. Thousands come together peaceably and march in an orderly fashion. The marchers come from various backgrounds and throughout the United States and beyond.
People of different races and religious identities are involved in the March. The large amount of young marchers reflects well on the condition of youth in this country and is a sign of hope for the future. Christians are the largest group. I travelled with a group from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in State College, Pennsylvania led by Rev. Deacon Alexander Cadman. My granddaughters Brittany Joy and Jesse Hope came for their third March. Our group joined with hierarchs, clergy and faithful Orthodox Christians from different communities. At the conclusion of the March, a memorial service was held for the unborn having lost their lives through abortion.