Only six short months ago, with the blessing and support of His Grace Bishop Maxim, our Circle of 100 Chairperson, Ronald Radakovich and his wife Mickey, began an ambitious diocesan fundraising campaign to raise $300,000 for the rebuilding of our Holy Monastery Hilandar on Mount Athos. Their vision motivated and enabled them to inspire 100 individuals/families to become benefactors, donating $1,000 a year for three years.
Today, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, we can pause and reflect on what has been accomplished. A Circle of 100 Benefactors have answered a call to embark on a three year journey together to preserve our sacred heritage and significantly contribute, prayerfully and monetarily, to the reconstruction and restoration of our Holy Monastary Hilandar founded in 1198 by the first Archbishop of Serbia, Saint Sava, and his father, Saint Simeon, on Mount Athos.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in the church of Holy Trinity in Zaklopaca. On this occasion the confession of the clergy of the Episcopal Deanery of Vracar-Grocka.
The clergy confession of the Episcopal Deanery of Oplenac on March 30, 2012 was organised in the church of Sts. Myrrhbearers in Vinca. His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija with the priesthood of Deanery of Oplenac served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. The Bishop was concelebrated by confessor of the Episcopal Deanery of Oplenac hieromonk Jeftimije, heugomen of monastery of Josanica, Episcopal dean of Oplenac protopresbyter-staurophor Miladin Mihailovic, protopresbyter Slobodan Bogojevic and protopresbyter Milan Savic. The Holy Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts was chanted by nuns of the Nikolje monastery, accompanied by the Oplenac choir.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served yesterday on April 1, 2012 the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Symeon the Myrrh-Streaming in New Belgrade.