The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada

The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, the relics of St. Mardarije, which have laid in the Church of St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, since his internment in December 1935, were uncovered. The opening revealed St. Mardarije’s holy relics to be incorrupt.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, His Grace Bishop Longin served Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery with Sindjel Serafim (Milojkovic), Priest Nikolaj Kostur and Hierodeacon Nektarije (Tesanovic), in preparation for uncovering the relics. Following the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Longin and the other clergy served a Moleban with the Akathist written to St. Mardarije. Upon completion, the crew organized to remove the tombstone and flooring in order to exhume the relics arrived, under the guidance of Mr. Dusan Djordjevic of Sveta Gora Funeral Home in Chicago. After removal of the stone, it was revealed that the casket of St. Mardarije was in a cement vault. This caused the opening to be delayed one additional day in order to organize a team to open the vault.

Slava Celebration in North Canton

 Slava Celebration in North Canton
 Slava Celebration in North Canton
 Slava Celebration in North Canton
 Slava Celebration in North Canton

On Sunday, April 30th, His Grace Bishop Irinej made his first Archpastoral visit to his flock in North Canton, Ohio.

The community gathered well in advance of the Divine Liturgy, prepared to welcome their hierarch as he entered the church. His Grace was first greeted by children from the parish who presented him with flowers, after which a procession of altar servers led him into the nave as the choir magnificently sang “The Angel Cried”.

Holy Fire in Columbus

Holy Fire in Columbus
Holy Fire in Columbus
Holy Fire in Columbus
Holy Fire in Columbus

On Friday April 28, 2017 Holy Fire from Jerusalem arrived at St. Stevan of Dechani Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus Ohio. This was truly a great blessing and joy for all the faithful of our community. This coming Sunday, following Divine Liturgy, Holy Fire will be distributed to all parishioners of St. Stevan of Dechani.  Christ is Risen! Христос Васкрсе!

Holy Resurrection Parish Feast Day Celebrated in Lebanon

Holy Resurrection Parish Feast Day Celebrated in Lebanon
Holy Resurrection Parish Feast Day Celebrated in Lebanon
Holy Resurrection Parish Feast Day Celebrated in Lebanon
Holy Resurrection Parish Feast Day Celebrated in Lebanon

We are grateful to God for this blessed day, when we celebrated once again our 101st Annual Church Patronal Feast Day Celebration (Slava).

It was a special event not just for our Parishioners, who worked very hard to make this day a success, but for all our guests who came to join us and participated in our Parish celebration. Most of all we are grateful to God and His Grace, our Bishop Irinej who came and served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by the Festal Procession around the temple and Cutting of the Festal Bread (Slavski Kolach).

Thomas Sunday in Cana of Galilee

Thomas Sunday in Cana of Galilee
Thomas Sunday in Cana of Galilee
Thomas Sunday in Cana of Galilee
Thomas Sunday in Cana of Galilee

On Sunday, 10th/23rd April 2017, Thomas Sunday, the event of the touching of the Lord by the Apostle Thomas was celebrated by the Patriarchate in Cana of Galilee.