Diocesan News

PASCHA - The Feast of Feasts at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra

Pascha Alhambra 2016 07Alhambra, CA - On Saturday, April 30, 2016, His Grace Bishop Maxim, the clergy, and the Orthodox faithful gathered at the Saint Steven's Cathedral to participate in the Feast of Feasts, Great and Holy PASCHA, the Resurrection of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

As the children of the Youth Chorale chanted the verse "Come Receive the Light", His Grace offered the Paschal Light of Christ to the faithful and after receiving the unwaning light the Easter procession around the Church began as the clergy and faithful sang, "The angels in heaven, O Christ our Saviour, sing of Thy resurrection. Make us on earth also worthy to hymn Thee with a pure heart". After returning to the closed doors at the front of the church, His Grace announced the Resurrection of Christ and the Easter Troparion was sung, "Christ is Risen from the dead, trampling down death by death and upon those in the tombs bestowing life". 

Bishop Maxim Celebrates His Krsna Slava

2016 04 23 Bishop Maxim slava 018Alhambra, CA - His Grace Bishop Maxim celebrated his Krsna Slava on Lazarus Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California.

His Grace concelebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with the V. Rev. Nicholas Ceko, Cathedral Dean, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, and Deacon Zoran Aleksich, together with Orthodox faithful from many parishes in the Western American Diocese.The responses were sung by the Cathedral Cantors led by director Jonathan Braun. 

Following the Divine Liturgy, the festal Slava service was held in the main hall with V. Rev. Ilija Dajkovich and V. Rev. Peter Jovanovic also participating. Fr. Peter, parish priest at the St. Sava Church in San Gabriel, presided over the Slava Service. The beautiful Kolach and Zito were prepared by Bishop Maxim's mother, Protinica Radmila Vasiljevic.

The service was followed by a delicious luncheon prepared by the Diocesan Kolo Sprkih Sestara. Guests enjoyed a wonderful afternoon visiting with His Grace and friends from near and far. 

A very joyous and Sretna Slava to His Grace Bishop Maxim! Eis polla eti despota!


Bishop Maxim's Visit to Kosovo and Metohija

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Његово Преосвештенство Епископ рашко-призренски Теодосије дочекао је у манстиру Грачаница Његово Проесвештенство Епископа западноамеричког господина Максима који је 2. и 3. априла текуће године  посетио Косово и Метохију. 

Преосвећена браћа Архијереји су присутвовали Вечерњем богослужењу у цркви манастира Грачанице након чега су провели време у разговору са верним народом и сестринством свештене обитељи манастира Грачанице.

У недељу 3. априла Његово Преосвештенство Епископ господин Максим служио јеј свету Литургију у Манастиру Грачаница и том приликом су му саслуживали пароси грачанички протојереј Светислав Трајковић, протојереј Саво Шмигић, јереј Бранислав Секулић, протођакон Зоран Гођевац и ђакон Бранислав Денић.

Након Литургије у Грачаници Епископ Максим је посетио основну школу "Шарски одред" у селу Севце где је уручио новчану помоћ Кола српских сестара из Калифорније за 135 деце.

У наставку дана Епископ Максим је посетио Призренску богословију и манастир светих Архангела код Призрена.


Bishop Maxim visits Saint Andrew Fool-for-Christ Church in Anderson, California

2016 03 26 anderson 13During the weekend of March 26-27, we enjoyed a wonderful visit from His Grace, Bishop Maxim. Preparations for his visit began very early with making plans for meals and cleaning the church. We also completed some icons that had been waiting for mounting and hanging for quite some time. His Grace's upcoming visit was good incentive!

Since the weekend of His Grace's visit coincided with the commemoration of St Gregory Palamas, we had asked him to speak for a few minutes on hesychasm and the prayer of the heart which were major issues in St Gregory's life. His talk was very beneficial especially for our large group of recently baptized members to our parish. Since his last visit, we have been blessed to bring in over 10 people to the Orthodox Church. We have not seen His Grace for close to 2 years.

The visit began with vespers, but not before His Grace was “piped in” by a bagpiper (John Elliott, 11-year-old son of Fr George) playing “Amazing Grace”. His Grace enjoyed the unusual display of welcome. Bagpipes especially in England and Scotland have been used to usher in important persons. Their sound carries throughout the land far and wide so they are extremely effective at announcing the arrival of august persons most often either royalty or chieftans. How much more so that bagpipes be used to proclaim the arrival of God's servant, the bishop! On Sunday morning, His Grace was treated to being piped in with St Nicholai Velimirovich's Pascha melody “People rejoice!”. As the piper led him to the church playing the tune, Bishop Maxim sang along.

Liturgy was was beautiful but challenging as our parish is very out of practice with hierarchical liturgies. It was wonderful to hear the Serbian chanting of the bishop with the English chanting and singing of the parish choir. We were joined in celebrating by the nuns of St Xenia Skete and Fr Damascene and six monks from St Herman's.

After liturgy we had a wonderful meal prepared by some of our parish members. The food was wonderful and the fellowship was as well. Christ was truly in our midst! After the meal, some of our many children performed another tune by St Nicolai. His Grace treated us to a folk song from Montenegro.

Thanks be to God for a blessed weekend!


Sunday of Orthodoxy in Alhambra

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Saturday & Sunday, March 19-20, 2016

Orthodox Christians from throughout Southern California gathered at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California, on Saturday and Sunday, March 19th & 20th, for the annual celebration of the great feast of Sunday of Orthodoxy.

The two-day celebration was led by the Hierarchs of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the West Coast, His Eminence Archbishop Benjanmin of the Orthodox Church in America, and His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church (host hierarch), together with clergy from various jurisdictions.

featureThe lenten festivities began on Saturday afternoon with a Youth Rally for children and teens in grades 5-12. The Vesper service with the procession of icons followed.  A receiption and fellowship began shortly after with a special presentation by guest speaker Archpriest Antony Bahou. 

On Sunday morning the Orthros began at 9:00 a.m. followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with the procession of icons.The responses were sung by POYAC, The Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Choir. 

Following the service the faithful gathered in the hall for a lenten luncheon and a special performance by POYAC. After the meal a the Young Adults had an opportunity to meet with the Hierarchs for further discussions. 

Saturday, March 19th - Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers


Sunday, March 20th - Sunday of Orthodoxy 




Bishop Maxim’s Archpastoral Visit to the Synaxis of the Faithful, Seattle, WA

2016 03 11 seattle 28Seattle is in the top 5 rainiest U.S. cities by number of precipitations days, and it gets the least amount of annual sunlight of all major cities in the lower-48 states.  This city experiences moderate to heavy rainfall during the months of November, December, and January and this last winter was officially our wettest rainy season ever, with 38.22 inches of rain from Oct. 1st  to March 1st,  just a hair over the 1998-1999 record of 38.19, but about 13 inches above average. 

His Grace arrived to Seattle on Friday, March 11th, accompanied by Protopresbyter Stavrophor Lazar Vasiljevic. They were greeted at the airport by Fr. Predrag Bojovic. After arriving at Fr. Predrag’s residence, His Grace and Prota Lazar were greeted by Fr. Predrag’s family and Milan Stefanovic (current president of the local Church Executive Board) and his family, and then they all spent an evening in spiritually rewarding talks, enjoying a delicious dinner prepared by Presbytera Rada.    
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