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The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute, February 16-20, 2015

A REVIEW OF THE STS. SEBASTIAN & MARARDIJE ORTHODOX INSTITUTE - FEBRUARY 16-20, 2015

The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute Begins its Work - Day One

Monday, February 16, 2015 - Day One

orthodox institute day 1 session iv 05Hosted by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona, the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute began on Monday evening with the celebration of a Doxology service, followed immediately by Vespers, presided over by His Grace, Bishop Longing of the Serbian Orthodox diocese of the Mid-West. Attending the service was His Grace, Bishop Maxim and the clergy brotherhood of the Diocese of Western America. The event was especially marked by the presence of His Grace, Bishop Atanasije, retired bishop of Herzegovina. Vespers was followed by dinner. A wine and cheese tasting then gave guests the opportunity to meet Bishop Atanasije in person and receive his blessing. The assembly was also blessed by the presence of Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa, newly-consecrated assistant bishop of the OCA’s diocese of the West. The retreat, which claims the patronage of Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije, will include multiple sessions over several days which will draw from the wisdom of Bishop Atanasije and his lifelong witness to the living tradition of the Orthodox Faith and life in Christ.

The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute Completes its Work, Day Three

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The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute Completes its Work

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - Day Three

orthodox institute 2015 008 focusOn Thursday morning, the third full day of the institute began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. The Liturgy was served by Bishop Atanasije and concelebrated by Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa, along with the clergy brotherhood. Following the Liturgy, clergy and faithful were treated to an excellent breakfast before beginning the first session. 

Session VII addressed the topic of Democracy and Human Rights in the Light of the Church as seen from within the Orthodox Faith. In the talk, Bishop Atanasije outlined what these terms do and do not mean from an Orthodox standpoint, while juxtaposing them with common misconceptions concerning these topics in the West. Session moderators were Fr. Seraphim Baltic, Fr. Aleksander Vlajkovic and Nenad Djordjevic. In session VIII, Bishop Atanasije spoke on the concept of Orthodox Ecumenism. Drawing from his vast experience over the last several decades serving as a bishop in the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Grace stated that we are all called to be ecumenist in the sense of meeting our neighbors and revealing Orthodoxy through genuine love. On the other hand, we must be care in formal theological dialogue, he explained, to not be controlled by pre-existing agendas. We must be a light on a hill without compromising the Faith which we have kept and must continue to keep. Session VIII was moderated by Fr. Predrag Bojovic, Fr. Ljubisa Brnjos.

The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute Begins its Work, Day Two

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - Day Two

orthodox institute day two lead imgThe second day of the Institute began again with the celebration of Orthros. The service was chanted in the beautiful, monophonic Serbian melodies in both English and Slavonic. Session IV of institute featured Bishop Atanasije and was moderated by Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Fr. Djokan Majstorovic and Lazar Supic. The theme of the session, New Pascha-Divine Liturgy in the Land of the Living, addressed the liturgical dimension to all of life. Man is most himself as he lives in and through the liturgy, while consecrating the world around him into mystery of Christ. Questions addressed issues pertaining to the the Liturgy and how it’s celebrated as well as how to correctly approach renewal/restoration in the liturgical life of the Church.

After a brief break for lunch and rest, the fifth session began, which addressed the topic of Synodality and Canonical Tradition. As bishop Atanasije indicated, the canonical tradition of Orthodoxy flows out of the worship of the Church, and especially out of the Divine Liturgy. Even the three-fold ordained ministry of the Church, that of Bishop, Priest, and Deacon, arises from the mystery of the life of the Christ as it’s experienced within the liturgy. Canons, too, provide continuity to our worship and safety to the faithful as we attempt to navigate the trials of this present world. The session was adeptly moderated His Grace, Bishop Maxim, as well as Fr. Dobrivoje Milunovic and Fr. Zivojin Jakovljevic. 

The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute Begins its Work, Day One

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The Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute Begins its Work

Monday, February 16, 2015 - Day One

orthodox institute day one lead imgHosted by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Phoenix, Arizona, the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute began on Monday evening with the celebration of a Doxology service, followed immediately by Vespers, presided over by His Grace, Bishop Longing of the Serbian Orthodox diocese of the Mid-West. Attending the service was His Grace, Bishop Maxim and the clergy brotherhood of the Diocese of Western America. The event was especially marked by the presence of His Grace, Bishop Atanasije, retired bishop of Herzegovina. Vespers was followed by dinner. A wine and cheese tasting then gave guests the opportunity to meet Bishop Atanasije in person and receive his blessing. The assembly was also blessed by the presence of Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa, newly-consecrated assistant bishop of the OCA’s diocese of the West. The retreat, which claims the patronage of Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije, will include multiple sessions over several days which will draw from the wisdom of Bishop Atanasije and his lifelong witness to the living tradition of the Orthodox Faith and life in Christ.

Саопштење за медије: Хришћанско наслеђе Косова и Метохије у Америчком конгресу

us congress library kosovo 21 thumbУторак, 10. фебруар 2015.
У библиотеци америчког конгреса у Вашингтону, представљена је монографија ”Хришћанско наслеђе Косова и Метохије: историјско и духовно средиште Српског народа” (тј. проширено и допуњено издање Задужбина Косова) на енглеском језику, у издању Севастијан преса, издавачке куће Епархије Западноамеричке, Балканолошког института САНУ и Православног богословског факултета Универзитета у Београду.

Г. Харис Грант, управник одељења за Европску књигу, отворио је скуп поздравом гостију. Придајући посебан значај догађају представљања овакве књиге истакао је да је библиотека Конгреса почаствована да има такву ретку уметничку и историјску монографију.

О књизи су говорили Епископ др Атанасије Херцеговачки, Епископ Западноамерички др Максим и Стивен Мајер, пензионисани професор са Националног универзитета за безбедност и бивши помоћни директор за Балкан. Грчки архиепископ Димитрије такође је приспео и узео учешћа у разговору о књизи. Присутних је било око шездесет, међу њима и два Албанца.

Вече српске епске поезије у храму Христа Спаситеља у Аркадији

 

5У порти храма Христа Спаситеља у Аркадији, у четвртак 6. фебруара, одржано је књижевно вече и представљање аудио књиге „Бисерне сузе“ – Жељке Цвијетин Гортински. У пријатној атмосфери порте и уз звуке гусала у позадини, о српској епској поезији и њеном значају и месту у културном наслеђу српског народа говорили су Епископ западноамерички г. Максим, г-ђа Жељка Цвијетин Гортински и г. Миша Тасић као један од уредника и приређивача ове аудио збирке песама.
У улози наратора, Жељка Цвијетин Гортински је својим снажним, емотивним казивањем успела да пренесе на све присутне дух српске епске поезије и сва она снажна осећања и одушевљеност за храброшћу и слободом, али и она осећања боли, туге и патње која карактеришу песме Косовског и Покосовског циклуса.  

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