In Kosovoska Mitrovica the feast day of Saint Demetrius, the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the city was solemnly celebrated
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Great Martyr Demetrius with the concelebration of the clergy of the Episcopal Deaneries of Mitrovica and Raska. At the end of the Liturgy Bishop Teodosije awarded Bogoljub Cvejic, stonecutter from Mitrovica, with the Order of Saint King Milutin for construction and architecture on the territory of the Diocese, and Petar Rakic with the Order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree for the organization and conducting a choir in the church of Mitrovica. The Bishop then, along with the clergy and the faithful, went in the slava procession through the streets of the city.
Despite the heavy rains and bad weather in Johannesburg on 19 and 20 October, when the patron feast-day was celebrated, a great number of parishioners, guests and priests visited the church of Saint Thomas the Apostle.
After almost five arid and dry months in Johannesburg, we all spontaneously felt the three-day intensive rain as a great blessing of God and Saint Thomas the Apostle, as well as the blessing of our Patriarch and the dearest guest, His Grace Bishop David of Stobi.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan consistently schedules clergy seminars for the purpose of continuing education. Since at least 1993 various speakers have addressed a wide range of topics related to the priesthood and parish life.
Since 2008 the seminars have been held at Shadeland in Springboro, Pennsylvania. The seminars make good use of the beautiful Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Church and St. Sava Camp facilities. This year the Vesper service was held on October 28, 2013 followed by dinner and a general discussion. On Tuesday morning, October 29, Matins and the Hours were completed followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served on Friday, on 8 November 2013, on the occasion of the church slava, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by eight priests and five deacons, and the choir of this church chanted. The church was full of believers. After the holy communion, the Patriarch cut the slava cake and held a sermon.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received today, on 7 November 2013, Mr. Ivan Mrkic, Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate.