SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH USA & CANADA
Sebastian Press Catalogue
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, San Francisco, California—For the sixth consecutive year, the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the West Coast gathered to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This year the Hierarchs and faithful celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper services at the Los Altos at the Church of the Redeemer.
On the first Sunday in Lent, we commemorate the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 A.D. upholding the use of holy icons in Orthodox worship. We also commemorate today the unity of Orthodox belief and the oneness of our Faith throughout our various jurisdictions, nations and languages and across the continents and the centuries.
The term “saint” or “sanctity” (holiness) is something entirely irrelevant and foreign to our time, and to the civilization and the quests of contemporary Man. Which parents nowadays have the ambition of making their children “saints”? Which of our schools and educational programs cultivate sanctity or present it as a vision and as a model? The “successful” person of our time, as well as the ideal of contemporary education and our civilization is not in the least the “good and benevolent” person of classical times. Instead, it is the one who can achieve wealth, comforts and social emergence – this is what parents want of their children, this is what our educational systems chiefly aspire to, this is what the mass media cultivate, and this is the dream of the majority of our young generation.
Indeed, in a society that regards unemployment as its most serious problem and is governed by the anxiety of how to increase its per capita income, for one to speak of saints and sanctity constitutes a challenge – or rather, a cause for laughter and derision. In this way, sanctity has now become a “forgotten vision”.
Forgotten, because once upon a time sanctity actually existed; because it was what inspired our civilization; because our people used to live among saints and they would draw from them the measure of their civilization; they were the heroes, the great champions, the “famous football players” and the “stars” of that time. Now, only the names of our saints remain, and even these have been “clipped” and altered in foreign fashion, while people now prefer...
On Tuesday, June 18th His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Dean of St. Steven's Cathedral, Fr. Blasko Paraklis, Priest of the Most Holy Theotokos Mission parish in Orange County, Fr. Jovan Babic, Priest of Christ the Saviour Church in Arcadia, and Fr. Stamatis Skliris from Athens, Greece, together with the faithful celebrated the Feast of St. Petar of Korisha in the Diocesan Residence Chapel in Alhambra, Califorania.
Following the Divine Liturgy and the Slava service, a small reception was held for all who attended.
THE CANONIZATION OF STS. MARDARIJE AND SEBASTIAN
Save the Date!
SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 6, 2015!
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
19th Annual Diocesan Days Gathering
The Western American Diocese
of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America
A Most Unique Event
Celebrating the New American Saints
Commemorating the lives of Saints Mardarije and Sebastian,
Enlighteners and Apostles of the Church in America!
Come experience this once in a lifetime event!
Learn how ordinary lives become extraordinary by the power and grace of God.
Some of us remember them as they lived and worked among us.
Today, all of us gather as they pray to God for us!
SPECIAL INVITED GUESTS:
HIS HOLINESS, IRINEJ, SERBIAN PATRIARCH
RULING HIERARCHS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE U.S.A.
CHURCH AND CIVIL DIGINTARIES
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, September 4th
12:00 Noon DOXOLOGY
1:00 p.m. Clergy Lunch and Seminar
3:00 p.m. Meeting of the Diocesan Council4:00 p.m. ...