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Diocesan Days 2014

diocesan-days-hilandarThe  Western American Diocese celebrated Diocesan Days 2014 which was held at the St. Sava Mission in Jackson, California on August 29-31. The Guest Speaker was the MOST VERERABLE ARCHIMANDRITE METHODIUS, Abbot of the Serbian Imperial Lavra of Hilandar. The theme was The Holy Mountain, Hilandar, and Us. The three-day weekend was a wonderful success and enjoyed by all who attended.

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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. На светој Литургији учешће су узели и парохијани из Јуџина, који су са својим свештеником оцем Данијелом  у великом броју стигли у Портланд. Епископу Максиму саслуживали су свештеници јереј Данијел Мекеј,  парох Цркве у Јуџину, јереј Милан Унковић  нови парох у Портланду и ђакон Стивен Дајер. Благоверном народу након прочитаног светог Јеванђеља пастирском бесједом обратио се Епископ Максим. Након Причешћа вјерника и ломљења славског колача, у парохијској сали приређена је трпеза љубави, у оквиру које је Епископ Максим одржао духовни разговор са вјерним народом. Радост Дана Господњег свете Недјеље настављена је уз пригодне  пјесме гостију, браће и сестара из Јуџина, и домаћина парохијана из Портланда.Све што дише нека хвали Господа!



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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


2014 National Sabor in Alhambra - 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.

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