SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH USA & CANADA
Sebastian Press Catalogue
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Our Christian brothers and sisters in Kosovo and Metohija and the holy shrines of the Serbian Christian Orthodox Church are in great danger, because the proponents of the so-called state of Kosovo want to obtain the membership in UNESCO and confiscate churches and monasteries, jeopardizing the rest of the Serbian population in these holy places, as well as every honest Albanian person, jeopardizing the true communion and the overall progress of all those who live in Kosovo.
From June 1999, until today 236 spiritual and cultural Serbian monuments were subject to attack by Kosovo Albanian extremists. Out of the said number, as many as 61 have the status of cultural monuments, and 18 are of extreme importance for the Republic of Serbia- Church of the Virgin (1315), Church of St. Nicholas (1331), Church of the Holy Saviour (1348), the Hermitage and Monastery of St. Peter (early 13th century) – to mention but a few. In the territory of Kosovo, 174 sacred objects and 33 cultural and historic monuments were destroyed, more than 10 000 icons, and artistic objects were stolen. 5261 headstones were either destroyed or damaged in 256 Serbian graveyards, and not a single headstone can now be found at more than 50 Serbian graveyards.
In March 2004, and the synchronized and orchestrated barbaric attacks against the Serbian residents in Kosovo, with unprecedented destruction of everything that is Serbian, including the Serbian religious objects and cultural goods dating back to the Middle Ages. In three days of violence perpetrated by the Kosovo Albanian terrorists against the Serbs, on 17, 18 and 19 March 2004, ten Serbs were killed, over 900 persons were severely injured, over 4000 Serbs from cities and villages...
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...
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. ...
The Feast of St. John Chrysostom at St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church
Your Eminence, beloved brother in the Holy Spirit and co-celebrant of our Modesty, Metropolitan Gerasimos (host of this event), Your Graces, and dear pious assembly of the fullness of the Church.
Today’s sermon is about a Saint, a Prophet, a Patriarch and an Apostle. It is difficult to expose all the significant aspects of the exceptional spiritual personality of the Golden Mouth (the life, literary work and the ecclesiastical ministry of this great Father and Ecumenical Teacher of the Church), of a man who made a unique synthesis of the message of Theology with the mystery of the Church, of an exemplary Apostolic model of ecclesiastical diakonia – from the caves of the desert of Antioch to the Throne of Constantinople, until his death in exile. His radiance affects not only the Ecumenical Throne, or the Orthodox Church, but also all the Christian Churches throughout the world.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS