Diocesan News

Abbot Metodije at Church Slava in Fair Oaks, The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Fair Oaks Slava 2014Our beloved Church of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary in Fair Oaks, CA, has once again concluded a true celebration in honor of Our Protectoress.  Our celebration this year began on Wednesday evening August 27 with the celebration of Great Vespers and Artoklasia (The Blessing of the 5 Loaves, Wheat and Oil).

Abbot Metodije visited the St. Herman Monastery in Platina

DSCN02821On August 14/27, 2014, the Forefeast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the St. Herman Monastery in Platina, California, together with the Western American Diocese’s special guests Abbot Archimandrite Metodije and Monk Damaskin of the Holy Monastery of Hilandar on Mount Athos, and Milivoj Randjic, Director of the Foundation of the Holy Monastery Hilandar in Belgrade.
Bishop Maxim and the guests arrived in the morning, and went in procession to the monastery church, where the hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Serving together with His Grace and Iguman Metodije were Abbot Damascene and Hieromonk Paisius of the St. Herman Monastery. During the Liturgy, at the time of the Small Entrance, Iguman Metodije tonsured two of the monastery’s ryassaphore monks, Fr. Gabriel and Fr. Moses, into the small schema (stavrophore). At the tonsure, the monks were given the names Salathiel (after the Holy Archangel Salathiel - 2 Esdras 5:16) and Ignaty (after St. Ignatius Brianchaninov, a great monastic teacher of 19th century Russia), respectively.

Света Архијерејска Литургија у Портланду

20140810 111834У Недјељу девету по Духовима 10. августа 2014 године у храму светог Архиђакона Стефана у Портланду  Епископ Западно-амерички г. Максим служио је свету Архијерејску Литургију. На овај дан прослављен је и спомен Преноса моштију светог Архиђакона Стефана, коме је и посвећен храм у Портланду.

21st Church Assembly Sabor - Day Three


4987Alhambra, CA - The third and final day of the Sabor began with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy served by His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America with the concelebration of a number of clergy.

The fifth and final plenary session began after breakfast. During this session the current members of the Central Council were released and the newly elected members were sworn in. Closing remarks and miscellaneous items were discussed and the Sabor was adjourned with a prayer.

Source: serborth.org


21st Church Assembly Sabor - SOTAYA


SOTAYA at the National Assembly 2014Alhambra, CA - On August 5th through 8th the 21st Church Assembly was held in the Western American Diocese at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California. Members of the SOTAYA groups attended and participated in many events and festivities throughout the week.

Source: serborth.org


21st Church Assembly Sabor - Day Two


IMG 3642Alhambra, CA - The second day of the Sabor began with Matins, followed by a Parastos served by all hierarchs in memory of all deceased clergy and lay leaders.

Following breakfast the third plenary session began in the main hall. During this session clergy and delegates heard presentations given by finalists of the St. Nikolai of Zica Oratorical Festival. The finalists from each of the three dioceses spoke on the assigned theme “The Greater The Struggle, the More Glorious The Triumph!“

During the fourth plenary session, held after lunch, reports were heard from the Standing Committees: Christian Education, Stewardship, Youth Ministry, Liturgical Music, Communications Committee, SOTAYA, Serbian Culture and Heritage. Also, a report was presented by His Grace Bishop Mitrophan, dean of the St. Sava Theological School in Libertyville, Illinois.

Following Vespers Diocesan caucuses were held to elect new members of the Central Church Council. After dinner the remainder of the evening consisted of two workshops, one on Stewardship and the other on SOTAYA.

Source: serborth.org


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