On the day when our Holy Church celebrates the Synaxis of St. Michael the Archangel, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch led the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Belgrade's Cathedral church with the concelebration of the priests of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, the head of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade archpriest Vitaly Tarasjev, as well as guest from the Russian area of Rostov-on-Don, archpriest Georgi Smorkalov - hierarchal deputy of Shahtin and the secretary of the Diocese of Shakhtinskaya-Millerovsky of the Metropolitanate of Don.
His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Osek, Polje i Baranja consecrated on Saturday, November 19, 2011 a restored church of St. Georgi the Great Martyr in Cepini Martinci.
In Lazarevici, a village near Herzeg Novi, in the church of St. George the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served on the occasion of the church slava - the Restoration of the church of St. George. The Liturgy was attended by a representative of the local government of Herzeg Novi. The Holy Liturgy was served by archimandrite Marko Kalanj with the concelebration of presbyter Vladan Pantelic, presbyter Spiro ZIvkovic and presbyter Nebojsa Vulovic. According to the custom, same as before, there was a procession around a church which was followed by cutting of slava cake.
A group of seven American Serbs led by Father Aleksandar Bugarin from Kansas City made a pilgrimage to the "Old Country" from October 10 - 21, 2011. The main reason for the pilgrimage was to spiritually enrich the pilgrims and for them to see the country of their origin and meet some "relatives" for the first time.The group visited the most important middle ages monasteries in Serbia, experienced great Serbian hospitality and tasted the best food ever. In Lika, the province their grandparents came from to the US, they met some of their "relatives" for the first time. They attended Divine Liturgy in Plaski; the church where their ancestors were baptized. They visited the surrounding villages and walked the same paths as their ancestors had before them. In Plaski, Lika we met the families: Skorupan, Latas, Kraguljac and Dokmanovic, relatives of the pilgrims.