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The Feast of St. John the Wonderworker in Eugene, Oregon

eugene slava 2017 04On Sunday, July 2, 2017, His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with the clergy and parishioners of the St. John the Wonderworker parish in Eugene, Oregon, celebrated the Feast of St. John the Wonderworker.

The days festivities begin with with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by the Feast Day (Slava) service and then a wonderful luncheon outside on the beautiful Trapeza. 



DajkovichThe Falling Asleep in the Lord of 
August 3, 1934-June 17, 2017

It is with great sadness, yet with hope in the Resurrection, that we share with you the news of the passing of Very Rev. Father Ilija Daikovich, who fell asleep in the Lord June 17, 2017. Father Ilija was born on August 3, 1934 in Drusici, Rijeka Crnojevica Cetinje, Montenegro. He received his theological education in the Seminary in Prizren, Kosovo and in Belgrade, Serbia. He and Protinica Anka were married in 1959 at the Saint Sava Cathedral in New York City, and in 1960, Father Ilija was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and soon after, to the Holy Priesthood.. Father Ilija faithfully served the Serbian Orthodox Church for many decades, and was loved and respected by the countless faithful to whom he ministered during his distinguished priesthood. 

The Pomen Prayer Service will be held on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by Visitation at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 24, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. All services will be held at Saint Steven's Cathedral.

We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Protinica Anka, their children Petar, Marija, Nina and Vera, and the entire Dajkovich family.

With the saints give rest O Christ, to the soul of Your servant, where there is 
neither sickness nor sorrow, nor sighing, but everlasting life!

May his Memory be Eternal!


Pentecost in Kalispell & Butte Montana

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On June 3rd, Saturday of Souls, the parish of St. Herman of Alaska in Kalispell Montana experienced the pentecostal joy of receiving our beloved hierarch and arch-pastor, bishop Maxim, for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Being the eve of the great feast of Pentecost, the Liturgy felt doubly festal that day as the faithful of the Flathead Valley
gathered in synaxis to pray for our departed and to recall and anticipate the great gift of the Holy Spirit. In his homily, Bishop Maxim spoke of the transformative encounter with Christ that we experience in the life in the Church and in her mysteries, which is only possible for mankind through the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Spirit. Being also the feast of Sts. Constantine and Helena, His Grace, reminded the faithful that it is in the lives of the saints that we see the promise of the Holy Spirit lived out in the history of the this world and are thereby reminded of the promise in our own daily lives. The community was also blessed that day to have Fr. Russell Radoicich from Holy Trinity in Butte serve as first priest. Following the Liturgy, all enjoyed a festal meal with music and dance by the talented parishioners and children of St. Herman's. As always, the children loved spending time with their Father Bishop as they freely manifest the joy Pand peace that was so palpable that day. 


BUTTE MONTANA welcomed His Grace, or Father, Bishop MAXIM on June 3rd & 4th for the beseeching and outpouring of The Holy Spirit on the Great Feast of Pentecost, The Holy Trinity Parish Feast-day Slava. The Church was filled with Green Grass as a mark of the pouring fourth of New Life enlivened by The Holy Spirit.

The action of The Holy Spirit was manifested in our Bishop himself, as Holy Scripture tells us. (Acts. 20:28) . And in the Grace of the Tonsure of Michael Dahle and Nicholas Dawson to be Readers/Cantors for the Edification of the Church. Also by the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Holy Chrismation of Gary & Sarah Otteson. And by the Consecration and Communion of the Body & Blood of Christ. Then by the powerful Kneeling Prayers themselves beseeching the Holy Spirit while faithful braided small grass Pentecost Wreaths for their home prayer corners.

The Patronal Feastday Bread (Kolach) was blessed and the feasting continued for an entire week. Good fellowship was had by all. Glory be to The Father and to The Son, and to The Holy Spirit. The Trinity One in Essence and Undivided.


Patronal Feast Day Celebration in Seattle

seattle slava 20017 19У седму недељу по Васкрсу, парохијани при храму Св. Саве у Сијетлу прославили су своју Храмовну Славу – Пренос Моштију Св. Саве. Светом Литургијом началствовао је архијерејски намесник, протојереј Видослав Вујасин из Портланда, а саслуживао је локални свештеник Зоран Алексић. Након прочитаног Јеванђеља, обраћајући се верном народу, о. Видослав је говорио о Христовој Првосвештеничкој молитви и о нашој улози у Цркви као изабраника Божијих.

Празничном богослужењу присуствовали су верници из Сијетла, као и неколико породица из Портланда који су дошли на Славу са својим свештеником. Након традиционалне Славске Литије и трократног опхода око храма, прочитана је молитва за упокојене осниваче, ктиторе и приложнике храма, а затим је о. Серафим из Покровске цркве из Сијетла благословио и пререзао Славски Колач честитајући парохијанима Славу.

Кумови Славе Ненад и Бранка Вујић, са својом децом Тајаном и Данијелом, припремили су богат славски ручак за све присутне, а овај празнични и сунчани дан у Сијетлу је још више улепшао наступ оркестра и хора најмлађих полазника црквене школе, као и фолклорне групе „Божури“ при овом храму. Својим богатим даровима, увек расположени „Свирци“ су до касно поподне увесељавали присутне и допринели да овај дан остане још дуго у сећању свих нас.

Нека Господ благослови и многоструко узврати свима који су својим радом и трудом учинили да и ове године достојно прославимо свога заштитника и великог Просветитеља српског – Св. Саву и спомен на пренос његових Светих Моштију.

seattle slava 20017 18On the Seventh Sunday after Pascha, May 28, 2017, parishioners of St. Sava Church in Seattle celebrated their Patronal Feast Day- Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava. Episcopal Dean, Very Rev. Vidoslav Vujasin from Portland served the Divine Liturgy together with parish priest Rev. Zoran Aleksic. After reading of the Holy Gospel, addressing the faithful, Fr. Vidoslav spoke of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus and about our role in the Church as God's chosen.

Festive Liturgy was attended by Orthodox faithful from Seattle and few families from Portland who came for Slava celebration with their priest. After the traditional Slava Procession around the Church, the prayer for the departed founders and stewards of the Church was read, and then Fr. Serafim from the Church of Holy Protection from Seattle blessed and cut the Kolac (Slava Bread) wishing everyone blessed and happy Slava. The Slava Kumovi, Nenad and Branka Vujic, with their children Tajana and Daniel, have prepared a festive and delicate Slava lunch for everyone.

This joyful and sunny day in Seattle was embellished by performance of the orchestra and choir of the youngest participants of the Church School, as well as the parish folklore group "Bozuri". After the program, Svirci, a bend from our parish, played a selection of traditional Serbian songs until late afternoon and contributed to the remembrance of this day for a long time.




Slava Celebration at St. George Parish in San Diego, California

stgeorge sdWith Paschal joy and Slava elation, the clergy and parishioners of St. George parish with their friends and guests, gathered for the central service of the Holy Orthodox Church - the Divine Liturgy, on Sunday, May 7th.

It was truly a day of sanctification, that is, participation in the holiness of God. It must be said here that holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. His Grace, Bishop Maxim, entered the church with the singing of ‘The Angel Cried’. The Matins and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were served with responses sung by St. George parish choir. Divine Liturgy began with the triumphant singing of “Christ is risen”, the joyful proclamation of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2017 05 07 sd slava 012017-05-07-sd-slava-01Serving with Bishop Maxim were: Protopresbyter Bratso Krsic, parish priest, Protopresybter-stravrophor Milan Vukovic, retired priest from St. Petka parish, San Marcos, Deacon Paul Germain (St. George parish), Deacon David Williams (Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish, Orange County), and Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, the Bishop’s deacon. Protopresbyter-stavrophor Bozidar Draskovic, retired priest from St. George parish, was also present at the Liturgy and celebration.  Two more priests joined in the celebration during the banquet and the program that followed the Liturgy, a Lytia (procession around the church) and the blessing of the Slava kolach: Protopresbyter Milovan Katanic, parish priest from St. Petka, San Marcos, and Protopresbyter Ramon Merlos, parish priest from Our Lady of Kazan Russian Orthodox Church, San Diego.

His Grace Bishop Maxim in the Paschal joy reminded everyone with his Archpastoral sermon of the meaning of the fourth Sunday after Pascha. In his sermon, the bishop stressed that the Gospel of John is only read in Church during the Paschal season, since it is for those who are baptized. As it is known, in the early Church, Pascha was the time for baptism, and the baptismal tone of this period is still there in our liturgy. The bishop also explained that the man specified is to be thirty-eight 2017 05 07 sd slava 02years old because he belongs to the Old Testament. But the most striking truth about this event is that the paralytic did not even know who Jesus, who healed him, was in reality. It is only when Christ confronted him in the temple, that he recognized Him as the Savior. So Bishop Maxim concluded that the Gospel today forces us to think we also will not recognize Christ amongst the noise and disturbances of the world but in the Eucharistic peace and grace of the Church.

Following all the services, the fellowship continued in the social hall with a program led by Kate Thickstun, the parish council president. Zeljko Milasinovic, the Slava Kum, with his wife Marija greeted everyone wishing them a happy and blessed Slava. The parish folklore groups, Morava Sr., Morava Jr. and the peewees performed a selection of songs and dances (kolo). Everyone present was enriched with the Slava celebration and left for home empowered to proclaim the Risen Lord giving thanks to God for His Great Martyr, George the Victorious. 

Ordination of Joseph Wesseler to the Deaconate


display imageOn Great and Holy Thursday, during the Vesperal Liturgy of Saint Basil, Joseph Robert Wesseler was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY.

The newly-ordained Deacon Joseph is a third-year seminarian hailing from the Diocese of Western America with his home parish being St. Peter the Apostle Serbian Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA. He is expected to graduate with a Masters of Divinity in May.

Deacon Joseph is an active and well-respected member of the St. Vladimir’s community and many of his fellow seminarians attended the ordination service. Deacon Joseph was accompanied by his wife Anastasia and their two children, Thanasi and Sebastian.

As the service began, the windows of the Three Hierarchs Chapel at St. Vladimir’s were opened to allow for the cool spring air and the fresh flowery scents of a new season to seep inside, signaling to the congregated faithful of the looming death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

It was then that His Grace Irinej reminded the St. Vladimir’s community of the approaching Pascha, while reflecting on the sacred journey of Lent and the call for Christian renewal of matter and humanity itself by explaining the natures of God and man within Our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the teachings of St. Maximos the Confessor, and in light of the Eucharist offered “on behalf of all and for all”!

For the newly-ordained Deacon Joseph, the day was one he will cherish as part of his many memories of St. Vladimir’s.

“It seemed to go very quickly, and I was incredibly nervous the entire time,” Deacon Joseph said afterwards. “Bishop Irinej actually calmed me quite a bit with how charismatic and personable he was during the ordination, and I've had several classmates comment on how 'cool' he was during the ordination. I still feel incredibly honored to have been called to the diaconate, and to have Bishop Irinej perform my ordination. It is a day my family and I will remember forever, and marks a turning point in my life. I look forward to being of use to my Bishop, Maxim, and hope to make my home-priest, Father George, proud.”

The newly-ordained anticipates the road ahead being one of service to Our Lord and to the Holy Church as the cries of “Axios!” filled Three Hierarchs Chapel as he was vested to his rank by His Grace Irinej.

Afterwards, His Grace — himself an alumnus of St. Vladimir’s —was able to celebrate a Lenten lunch with the St. Vladimir’s faculty and students

The liturgy was also served with Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chief Executive Officer of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Fr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Fr. Alexander Rentel, Fr. David Mezynski, Fr. Paul Girgis, Fr. Sasha Nedic and Fr. Seth Earl along with Deacons Gregory Hatrak, Daniel Greeson, Christopher Moore, and Larry Soper.

Photos: Djakonitsa Adrienne Soper

Source: Eastern Diocese

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