On Saturday, March 18th, His Grace Bishop Irinej, together with many clergy from the Cleveland Deanery, led the faithful parishioners of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, for Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace offered a sermon that spoke directly to the human challenge of losing the earthly presence of those we love. He reminded the gathered community that “our God is the God of the living”, and that those who die in Christ are alive in Him. He continued, offering that when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy we step outside of time itself - into the very Kingdom of God made manifest, in the presence of the Holy Angels, the Saints, and those who have taken up their abode in the mansions of the righteous.
Great Lenten Vespers services of the Cleveland Deanery (Second Group) were held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church on Laird Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio on March 19th, the third Sunday of Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross.
Reverend Father Bosko Stojanovic, parish priest, welcomed clergy and parishioners from neighboring churches of the Deanery. Serving with host priest Father Bosko were Reverend Dragan Goronjic (Dean), Very Reverend Protosingelos Sava (Medakovich), Very Reverend Milan Pajic, Reverend Aleksa Pavichevich, and Reverend Vedran Grabic.
On Sunday, March 19, Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted a Lenten vesper service and dinner. The vesper service began at 6PM, and was attended by many faithful members of the church, in addition to local clergy from Orthodox churches in Cincinnati and Fr. Isak Kisin, parish priest at Saint Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus.
Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro celebrated Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Parasceve at Golubovci on March 19, 2017.
In his liturgical sermon after the Gospel reading, the Metropolitan pointed out that Christ’s Cross is the power the Lord revealed and granted us by His own Death and Crucifixion. It was Him Who first denied Himself, Who sacrificed Himself to the very end, Who was crucified for us and for our illumination and salvation sake. He was crucified and died in order to grant us eternal and never-ceasing life. Great Lent is just in that sign, in the sign of our purification, spiritual transformation… During the Liturgy he ordained into the priesthood deacon Blazo Petrovic, who is going to be pa parish priest in Zeta.