Patriarch Irinej in skete of Saint Spyridon in North Hessen

Patriarch Irinej in skete of Saint Spyridon in North Hessen
Patriarch Irinej in skete of Saint Spyridon in North Hessen
Patriarch Irinej in skete of Saint Spyridon in North Hessen
Patriarch Irinej in skete of Saint Spyridon in North Hessen

On Saturday afternoon, on 2 December 2013 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, accompanied by episcopal deputy protopresbyter-stavrophor protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic and protodeacon Damjan Bozic visited the hermit cell dedicated to the Holy Annunciation and Saint Justin of Celije at the skete of Saint Spyridon in Geilnau.

The abbot of the hermit cell and the skete, shiarhimandrite Vasilije (Grolimund) welcomed Serbian Patriarch along with the brotherhood, hieromonk Pajsije (Rauer) and monk Nilos, as well as many guests and friends of the hermit cell. The Patriarch firstly visited a chapel which is located within the object which was bought along with the land where is planned to build a monastery – skete. This chapel is dedicated to the Annunciation and Saint Justin of Celije. Schiarhimandrite Vasilije led Patriarch Irinej to the place where the church is going to be built. Now there is a plan, a permit of the city authorities, as well as the funds for the construction of the first Orthodox church in this part of Germany – North Hessen.

Consecration of Jacksonville church in Florida

Consecration of Jacksonville church in Florida
Consecration of Jacksonville church in Florida
Consecration of Jacksonville church in Florida
Consecration of Jacksonville church in Florida

On the Feast of the Synaxis of Archangel Michael and the Bodiless Powers, the church of Saint John of Shanghai was consecrated in Jacksonville, Florida.  Although the community had been in existence for quite some time, they were only able to gather for Divine Services in temporarily leased office space.  Three years ago Archpriest John Voloshchuk bought a plot of land and construction of their new church began.

Thanksgiving at Saint George in Lorain, Ohio

As it says in Psalm 136, “O give thanks unto the LORD for he is good; for His mercy endures forever.” For the second year in a row, the St George Serbian Orthodox Parish in Lorain, Ohio has given thanks to God by offering a Thanksgiving meal for the neediest in our community.

St George Community Outreach Coordinator, Valerie Bihary, organized multiple families in the St George parish to prepare, cook and serve this holiday meal in Lorain County’s only 24 hour emergency shelter. The parish responded to her request by prepping enough food and dessert for multiple days worth of meals!

Church slava celebrated in Columbus

Church slava celebrated in Columbus
Church slava celebrated in Columbus
Church slava celebrated in Columbus
Church slava celebrated in Columbus

Saint Stefan of Dechani, Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio celebrated its Slava on Sunday, November 24th 2013. Divine Liturgy started at 10:00 a.m. and was followed with the blessing of the Kolac and Koljivo. 

Serbian Patriarch in Dusseldorf

On Sunday, December 1st, 2013 after the visit to the church of Saint Luke in Dortmund and the parish of Saint Stephen in Essen, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Sava in Dusseldorf.

Before the arrival to the church, Serbian Patriarch visited a city cemetery in Dusseldorf. After the decision of the city authorities, a special part of this cemetery where Orthodox Serbs, Russians and Greeks  are being buried has been determined recently. The church and courtyard were full of children and pious Serbs from Dusseldorf and surrounding area who waited for His Holiness.