Diocesan News

Archpastoral visit to the faithful in Eugene

5On Saturday, January 10th, 2015, on the occasion of his archpastoral visit to the faithful in Oregon, His Grace Bishop Maxim traveled from Portland to Eugene to celebrate the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at St. John the Wonderworker Serbian Orthodox Church. Traveling with him were Fr. Milan Unkovic and a number of the faithful of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Portland. Also traveling with His Grace was the diocesan deacon, Deacon Zoran Aleksic. Together, they concelebrated with the clergy of St. John, Fr. Daniel Mackay and Deacon Stephen Dyer.

As the first Saturday after Nativity, the joyous afterfeast of Nativity amplified the already festive solemnity of the Divine Liturgy wherein Christians experience the unity for which our Lord prayed in the hours before His Passion. After the Liturgy, the parish hosted a generous feast for all, after which His Grace sat with the faithful and answered questions that ranged from inquiries about the Divine Services, how to raise children in the Church, and how to prepare for Holy Communion. His Grace's answers were comprehensive, theological, and always respected the freedom of the human person. For example, at one point he noted how, while we always respect the canons, that which is canonical can be uncanonical if it is imposed in a tyrannical fashion. His discourse, which was much appreciated by the faithful, was a celebration of the freedom that our Lords bestows us in His perfect Love.

After the feast, His Grace toured the work space of a local artist developing some iconography for the parish. He visited a sick parishioner at her home, offering consolation and blessings, and then he returned to Portland.


Bishop Maxim at Church Slava in Salt Lake City

1On the weekend of November 15th & 16th, the parish of St. Michael the Archangel hosted all the local Orthodox parishes for its Slava celebration: Antiochian, Greek, and Russian, to glorify God and His foremost Archangels, Michael and Gabriel. The true joy of the feast and of hosting our guests was experienced by all and we are deeply thankful to God for blessing us with unity and mutual love.

On Saturday evening, the liturgical celebration of the parish Slava began with a festive Vespers service with Litya and Artoklasia, concelebrated by Fr. Justin Havens, Fr. John Finley, and the host pastor Fr. Milan Dragovic. The service was enriched by the visiting Antiochian chanters, and by the newly remodeled interior of our church building, complete with a new chalice set and altar clothes. Following the evening service, our fellowship continued with a rich feast.

Епископ Максим у посети Епархији рашко-призренској

pristina slava sv nikolaПоводом храмовне славе, у цркви светог Николе у Приштини, са десетак преосталих приштинских Срба и много више оних који су из овог града протерани, свету Архијерејску Литургију служили су Његово Преосвештенство Епископ западно-амерички г. Максим и Његово Преосвештенство Епископ рашко-призренски г.Теодосије уз саслужење свештенства и свештеномонаштва Епархије рашко-призренске.

All-Night Vigil on the Eve of the Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos

2014-12-03-arcadia-02On Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. at the Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia, California, His Grace, Bishop Grigorije of Zahum-Hercegovina, His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, Hieromonk Sava, Abbott of the Tvrdos Monastery, local clergy, and many faithful prayerfully gathered for an All-Night Vigil (Feast Day Vigil and Divine Liturgy) for the Feast of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos. 

All who attended symbolically participated in the Vigil of the Hilandar Monastery, where the monastics celebrate this Feast as their Slava. 

Ordination of Dragan Stojanovich to the Deaconate

    angier-1411-st sava-ordainment-3168A heavy downpour could not dampen the spirits of all the faithful who gathered in St. Sava Church on Sunday, November 30, 2014, to witness the ordination of Reader Dragan Stojanovich to the diaconate. The day also included the annual celebration of Founders’ Day and the work of Fr. Sebastian Dabovich as well as the anniversary of the Jackson parish.

    The church was filled to overflowing as His Grace Bishop Maxim led the hierarchical liturgy.  Fr. Dane Popovich of Fair Oaks and Protodeacon Triva Paul of Jackson guided Dragan in the first of three circles around the altar.  Fr. Damascene, abbot of St. Herman Monastery, Fr. James Barfield of St. John-Reno, and Fr. Steve Tumbas of St. Sava-Jackson took turns continuing the procession to present Dragan to the bishop.

Владика Григорије у посети Епархији Западноамеричкој

IMG 0686Епархија Западноамеричка ових дана има посебну част и радост да поново угости владику Григорија који свима нама доноси благослове Херцеговачких Светиња, Мученика и Светитеља. 

У 25. недељу по Духовима, са благословом Епископа Западноамеричког г. Максима, Епископ захумско-херцеговачки и приморски г. Григорије служио је Свету Архијерејску Литургију у Саборном храму Св. Стефана Првовенчаног у Лос Анђелесу. Преосвећеном Епископу херцеговачком су на Литургији саслуживали протојереј-ставрофор Лазар Васиљевић, јеромонах Сава, игуман манастира Тврдоша, протојереј-ставрофор Никола Чеко, старешина Саборног храма и ђакон Зоран Алексић. Након прочитаног јеванђелског одељка о милостивном Самарјанину, владика Григорије се вернима обратио беседом и између осталог рекао:

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