Diocesan News

Fresno Parish Celebrates Slava

fresnoslava2017 08St. Peter the Apostle parish’s 66th annual commemoration of Ss. Peter and Paul (Petrovdan) was held on Sunday, July 9.   This day, at which we gather to honor our patron saint, is always a day of great joy.

On this very warm summer day here in the heart of California’s Central Valley, we gathered as a Eucharistic parish community which has been mystically identified with Ss. Peter & Paul—through Christ—to specifically ask them to intercede in our behalf, and to glorify God  “who is wonderful in His saints.”  Our beloved Bishop Maxim was greeted at the entrance of the parish temple by the parish rector Protopresbyter Stavrophor George Gligich, visiting priest Father John Mikitish, from New Haven, CT. and Deacon Joseph Wesseler, a recent graduate from St. Vladimir’s Seminary.  Deacon Joseph, who was from our St. Peter parish, was ordained at the Seminary by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, with the blessing of Bishop Maxim on Lazarus Saturday.  This was Bishop Maxim’s first opportunity to celebrate the Hierarchical Liturgy with his newest deacon.

Led by the altar servers into the temple, His Grace was greeted with the singing of “It is Truly Meet...” by the parish Youth Choir under the direction of Maria Briggs. The Youth Choir and St. Peter’s Choir (directed by Djakonitsa Peggy Matthews) sang antiphonally throughout the Liturgy adding to the joy of our Eucharistic gathering.  At the conclusion of the Liturgy the Litya procession around the church with the reading of the Gospel and sanctification with Holy Water took place.  Upon reentering the temple the Slava Bread and Wheat were blessed.  This year the Kumovi for the Slava were the Epperson Family, Jason and Lamia together with their children Braeden, Mason and Leila.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy His Grace warmly and lovingly greeted Father George and all of the faithful on the celebration of our Slava and the joy that he was filled with on being able to share this day with us.  Father George welcomed His Grace expressing the blessing of having our beloved archpastor once again in our midst.

Joining us for the Slava banquet in the parish hall were Father Jim and Presvytera Donna Pappas from the neighboring St. George Greek Orthodox Church.  They are also godparents for the Epperson children, our Slava Kumovi.  During the banquet the Parish Council presented the Epperson Family with an Icon the Holy Apostle Peter for their many years of service to the parish.  Jason and Lamia expressed their gratitude for being honored, the blessing it has been to work with the many children in our church school for over twenty years, and the love that they had for each and every parishioner.

During the banquet, Maria Briggs who is a professor of voice at California State University at Fresno presented a concert of various Russian songs, while also beautifully playing the piano.  At the conclusion of the banquet the St. Peter Youth Scholarship in the amount of $1000 was presented by Andrej Romanenko to graduating His School Senior Faith Bundros.  Faith is the daughter of parishioners Christopher and Shirley Bundros and had numerous academic honors from Clovis High School as well as outstanding participation in the activities and worship of our parish community.

The banquet was prepared by Ernie and Cheryl Duran and their dedicated committee and we our grateful to them.  This was truly a special day in the life of our parish community.  We thank God and through the intercessions of the Holy Apostles for His continued mercy and love for our parish!

 

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. 

 

Memoriam: PROTOPRESBYTER STAVROPHOR ILIJA DAJKOVICH

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PROTOPRESBYTER STAVROPHOR ILIJA DAJKOVICH
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. 
 
 
 
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