An Excellent Experience
2015 Winter Youth Retreat – Midwest Diocese
Over 110 high school and college students came together for spirituality, fellowship, and healing.
It all started on Monday evening December 28, 2015, when a harsh winter storm hit the Chicago area. It seemed that most of the participants would not be able to make it. By the grace of God and the prayers of His most holy Mother, almost everyone arrived – and all arrived safely.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk expresses condolences regarding the demise of Bishop Jeronim
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, has sent a condolence letter to Bishop Irinej of Backa over the demise of Bishop Jeronim of Jegar, a vicar of the Backa diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The letter reads as follows:
On Thursday, 24 November 2016, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America celebrated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, Ohio.
On Sunday November 20, 2016 Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus Ohio celebrated its Church Sava – St. Stefan of Decani. His Grace Bishop Irinej was greeted and welcomed by the clergy and children carrying flowers as He arrived in front of the Church. The parish priest Fr. Isak and deacon Zeljko Jurisic along with many Altar Servers assisted His Grace serving the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. During the Divine Liturgy His Grace delivered a very inspiring homily. His homily was based on our Lord’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man. His Grace said that God is like light and fire. He is like the light that illuminates all darkness from our lives and the fire that gives us warmth of the Fathers home. God is Love and He loves all man and will embrace all of us regardless if we are sinners or not. The difference is that those that their whole life wanted to live without God will feel that embrace as punishment. So, that light instead of the illumination will blind them and the fire instead of warmth will burn them. God does not condemn anyone to hell; every day of our life we make that choice whether we want to be with God or not.