Diocesan News

Севастијан прес на 59. Међународном сајму књига у Београду

Zaduzbine     У халама Београдског сајма у периоду од 26. октобра до 2. новембра 2014. године, биће одржан 59. Међународни београдски сајам књига на
коме ће се представити и Епархија западноамеричка са својом издавачком кућом Севастијан прес. 
Поред старих издања, Севастијан прес ће на овогодишњем сајму представити и нова издања на српском и енглеском језику: 

Прослава 60-годишњице освећења и Крсне Славе Саборног храма Св. Јована Крститеља у Сан Франциску

Унедељу 5. октобра 2014.године Светом Архијерејском Литургијом и свечаним банкетом Саборни храм Св. Јована Крститеља
у Сан Франциску прославио је 60-годишњицу освећења.
Свету Архијерејску Литургију су служили Његово Преосвештенство Епископ западноамерички г. Максим и Његово Преосвештенство
Епископ новограчаничко-средњезападноамерички г. Лонгин у зсаслуживање свештеника Слободана Јовића,
Василија Цвијановића, Марка Матића, Зорана Савића и месног свештеника Ђурице Гордића.
Такође, присутни су били о. Душан Буњевић и ђаконТрива Павлов.
 Пре Св. Литургије у чин чтеца произведен је Дарко Вујетић који већ дуги низ година свесрдно помаже у олтару на богослужењима.
Поред великог броја парохијана, Литургији су присуствовали верници и из других парохија, Џексона, Лос Анђелеса, Мораге, Саратоге и Окланда.
После Свете Литургије, одржан је свечани славски банкет на коме су додељене Архијерејске грамате признања заслужним парохијанима. 

Bishop Maxim’s Archpastoral Visit to the Faithful in Seattle, WA

10671483 10203855469340028 5103208460323281650 n 2Seattle is in the top 5 rainiest U.S. cities by number of precipitations days, and it gets the least amount of annual sunlight of all major cities in the lower-48 states.  This city experiences moderate to heavy rain during the months of November, December, and January. However, during this last Archpastoral visit of His Grace our Bishop Maxim to his humble flock and parishes dedicated to St. Sava and The Protection of the Holy Theotokos, we had a sunny and crisp weekend.

His Grace arrived to Seattle on Friday, September 26th, accompanied by our new Diocesan deacon Fr. Zoran Aleksic. They were greeted at the airport by Fr. Predrag Bojovic. After arriving at Fr. Predrag’s residence, His Grace and Deacon Zoran were greeted by Fr. Predrag’s family and then they all spent an evening in spiritually rewarding talks and enjoying  a delicious dinner prepared by Presbytera Rada. 

On Saturday morning, His Grace officiated the Divine Liturgy and celebrated the Feast of The Elevation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross, at the local parish dedicated to the Protection of the Holy Theotokos, with a Eucharist that everyone in attendance will long remember. This parish’s priest, Fr. Seraphim Gascoine, along with altar boys and numerous pious parishioners, met the Bishop at the front doors and followed him into the church. His Grace moved from the crisp, sunny morning into a brightly lit church with the voices of a choir filling the air. After the Bishop’s vesting, His Grace presided over The Divine Liturgy concelebrated by Fr. Seraphim, Fr. Predrag Bojovic, Fr. Milan Unkovic (from Portland, OR), Deacon Zoran Aleksic and the blessed Synaxis of the faithful (around 50) of whom many communed in the Cup of Eternal Life. 

Account of the Visit of Abbot Metodije to the Monastery of St. Paisius

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 Visit of His Grace Bishop Maxim with his honored guest, Abbot Metodije of Hilandar Monastery

With joy the sisterhood--headed by Abbess Michaila and the priests of the Monastery, Archimandrite Dorotheos and Protopriest David--awaited the arrival of His Grace and his honored guests at the pathway leading to the Catholicon. Before beginning the procession to the Catholicon, Abbot Metodije (at His Grace’s request) was clothed in a brightly colored mandiya, as is customary for those of his rank. Then began a formal procession into the Catholicon, and the Abbot and our Bishop ascended their thrones, where everyone came and received a blessing.  A litany was offered, and the choir of sisters chanted the “Polychronion” to Abbot Metodije, who shared with the Sisters very moving words, about how the atmosphere of the monastery church was such a beautiful echo of the Holy Mountain, and how the Mother of God’s presence was so apparent.

Abbot Metodije visits Jackson



Diocesan Days 2014 and visit of Abbot Metodije of Hilandar

The theme for the eighteenth annual Diocesan Days gathering in the Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America was The Holy Mountain, Hilandar, and Us.  The celebration took place from Friday, August 29th through Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at St. Sava Mission and St. Sava parish in Jackson, California. The host of this most spiritually uplifting gathering was diocesan bishop, His Grace Kyr Maxim. The organizational aspect of the celebration was carried out by parishes from northern California, while Protopresbyter Steven Tumbas was chairman.
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