On the occasion of the Feast Day of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the faithful of the Saint Peter Serbian Orthodox Church in Fresno, California to lead this congregation on this Feast day for a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Parish Slava celebration. Assisting His Grace for this Archpastoral visit were Protodeacon Brad Matthews and Deacon Dragan Stojanovich. Upon arriving at the Church Vladika was welcomed by the Deacons, Reader, and Acolytes at with all of the parishioners filling this temple and the singing was sublime. Similarly, the beauty of this temple, erected in 1957, and the preservation of it was evident.
The Solemn Liturgy in the Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral. An exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs – Awakening of Memories”.
The Serbian Orthodox Church honoured with the solemn Divine Liturgy in the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava on 17 July 2015, the sufferers for Christ and Russia, the Passion-bearers, Tsar Nicholas II and his family. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac, Nikanor of Banat, Pahomije of Vranje, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar. Bishop Milutin of Valjevo was also present at this solemn Eucharistic gathering.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the monastery of Holy Martyr Christopher at Mislodjin, in the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, on 16 July 2015.
On this occasion Patriarch Irinej was informed about the final works relating to the construction of the monastery church, which was built on the conserved foundations of an old church which had been built, according to a tradition, during the reign of Serbian King Dragutin. According to archeological research, the founding of this sacred place has been located into the 15th century and the time of Despot Stefan Lazarevic. It was in the mid-16th century that Ottoman invaders plundered and burnt down this holy shrine, slaying monastery brotherhood. While digging the foundations for the new church, preserved bones of murdered monks were found, and they will be placed in a reliquary in the crypt of the new monastery church.
With its centennial anniversary in sight, St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Omaha, Nebraska, celebrated its ninety-eighth Slava on Sunday, May 17, 2015. This particular Slava observance will go down in the annals of St. Nicholas Church for several reasons, most notably for the magnanimous presence of His Grace, Bishop Sava, who with great personal sacrifice rearranged his schedule in order to visit the Omaha colony. Due to Sabor (Assembly of Bishops) which takes place every year during a month of May, in the Serbian capitol Belgrade, St. Nicholas Church in Omaha rarely has the honor of hosting its Bishop for its Church Slava - the Transfer Relics of St. Nicholas (May 22nd) Our Diocese, however, has been blessed by the presence of retired Bishop Sava, who now resides at New Gračanitca Monastery, and acts as Bishop Longin's extended arm by serving and visiting parishes within our vast Diocese.
Seminary alumnus the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nikola Ceko (M.Div. ’85) was honored Sunday, June 28, 2015, when the newest children’s book published by St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (SVS Press)—Saint Nicholas and the Nine Gold Coins—was formally dedicated to him. Father Nicholas was presented with the freshly printed book at a special ceremony in the fellowship hall of St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Alhambra, CA, where “Fr. Nick” has been the Dean since 1994.