Pan-Orthodox magnificent slava days of togetherness and spirituality

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.  

Eastern Diocese Clergy Seminar 2013

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.

Patron Saint-day of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade

Patron Saint-day of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade
Patron Saint-day of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade
Patron Saint-day of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade
Patron Saint-day of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade

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. 

Audience at the Serbian Patriarchate - 7 November 2013

Audience at the Serbian Patriarchate - 7 November 2013
Audience at the Serbian Patriarchate - 7 November 2013
Audience at the Serbian Patriarchate - 7 November 2013
Audience at the Serbian Patriarchate - 7 November 2013

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.

Bishop Teodosije serves Holy Liturgy in Prizren

Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of three priests, in the church of Saint George the Greatmartyr on 3 November 2013. Students of the Prizren Seminary along with their professors sang responses.  Following the Liturgy the Bishop talked with believers of this small but brave Serbian community in this imperial city.