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21st Church Assembly Sabor - Day Three

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 DURING THE 21st CHURCH ASSEMBLY SABOR

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

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

 

2014 National Sabor in Alhambra - Day One

 

21st CHURCH ASSEMBLY-SABOR: DAY ONE

IMG 3577Alhambra, CA - The 21th Triennial Church Assembly (Sabor) of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America officially began on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at St. Stevan's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. A good number of clergy and delegates began their work with receiving the Holy Eucharist. The Invocation of Holy Spirit was then served by His Grace Bishop Longin.

All bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America were present with the exception of His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilohije, Administrator of the newly established Diocese of Beunos Aires and South America. His Grace Bishop Georgije joined the hierarchs in the early part of the first day of the work of the Sabor. Also attending the Divine Liturgy was the keynote speaker and very special guest, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

2014 National Sabor in Alhambra - Regisration Day

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CLERGY AND DELEGATES ARRIVE AND REGISTER FOR 21th SABOR

Alhambra, CA - The 21st Church Assembly (Sabor) of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America is set to begin on August 4th, 2014 at St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Church in Alhambra, California. The Assembly brings together the hierarchs, clergy, congregation board presidents and congregation delegates from all five dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

The Feast of St. Peter & Paul in Fresno, California

st-peter-paul-2014Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, Glorious, and All-Praised Twelve Apostles

It was a very beautiful and quite hot morning on July 13, 2014 in the Great Central Valley when His Grace, Bishop Maxim, arrived at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California.  The bells were ringing, the altar boys were smiling, and the choir was singing as the parish clergy greeted His Grace.  Father George Gligich held the gospel with Deacon John Davis censing as the procession moved through the center of the church surrounded by a large, enthusiastic, and overjoyed crowd consisting of both regular parishioners and visitors.  Our dear Bishop venerated the most holy relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were present thanks to the goodness of Father Gustavo Lopez of San Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, who brought them and stayed for Liturgy in honor of our church’s feast day.  The entrance and vesting prayers preceded a blessing from His Grace and the beginning of the Divine Liturgy.  From the first to the concluding prayer, our beloved Bishop presided over a Liturgy full of the beauty, power, and grace of God apparent to all and made possible only by the presence of the Holy Spirit. 

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