Thanksgiving Encyclical 2017

November 9/22, 2017
LIBERTYVILLE

Thanksgiving Day 2017

“Without thanksgiving to God there can be no progress in the spiritual life. Ceaseless thanksgiving to God is noble seed from which, if it is watered by the tears of unceasing repentance, a beautiful fruit grows— love for God.” - Saint Nicholai [Velimirovic], Prologue of Ohrid

To the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Executive Boards and Members of the Church-School Congregations of the Serbian Orthodox Communities in North and South America, the Circles of Serbian Sisters of our Parishes and Dioceses, the beloved Children and Youth and the entire Serbian Orthodox Family in North and South America: Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

Thirty years of Saint George church in Waterloo

Thirty years of Saint George church in Waterloo
Thirty years of Saint George church in Waterloo
Thirty years of Saint George church in Waterloo
Thirty years of Saint George church in Waterloo

The Serbian Orthodox community of the St. George the Great Martyr in Waterloo solemnly celebrted the thirtieth anniversary of the consecration of their church.

Slava celebrated at St. Demetrius in Akron

Slava celebrated at St. Demetrius in Akron
Slava celebrated at St. Demetrius in Akron
Slava celebrated at St. Demetrius in Akron
Slava celebrated at St. Demetrius in Akron

The parish community of the Holy and Glorious Great Martyr St. Demetrius, Myrrh-gusher, Wonderworker and military commander of Thessalonica in Akron celebrated their Slava with great joy on Sunday, November 12, 2017. 

St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery

St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery
St. King Milutin – founder’s feast-day of Gracanica Monastery

In the monastery of Gracanica on 12 November 2017, the founder’s Patron Saint-day, the feast day of Saint King Stefan II Milutin, was solemnly celebrated. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of  clergy of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren.

The Bishop was concelebrated by monks from many monasteries as well, with participation of lots of belivers from Gracanica and other areas of Kosovo and Metohija attending the service. At the end of the Liturgy Bishop Teodosije blessed and cut the slava cake, whereas the sisterhood of the monastery prepared a lunch.

The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica

The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica
The Feast of Saint Demetrius – Patrons Saint-Day of the town of Kosovska Mitrovica

The feast of Saint Demetrius, the Patron Saint-day of Kosovska Mitrovica, was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Liturgy which was officiated by His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of the local clergy, in the Cathedral Church of Saint Demetrius the Great Martyr on 12 November 2017.

Following the Holy Liturgy, the Bishop with the clergy led the festal procession through the streets of the town until the main square where he blessed  the slava cake. Among the present congregation there was Mr. Marko Djuric, head of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Repunlic of Serbia.