Diocesan News

St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp

eugene family camp 2016St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp - 175 participants have now arrived home after five grace-filled days (July 4-8th) in a beautiful lakeside natural setting a half-hour from Eugene, Oregon where the St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp (inaugurated in 2000) recently concluded its 13th annual Family Camp. The Camp, the only Orthodox Christian Family Camp in the country, offers unique opportunities for Orthodox Christians – single adults, parents, infants, toddlers, pre-teens, and teens – especially those throughout the Northwest, for prayer and fellowship together. The St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp is blessed by His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Diocese of Western America and is sponsored by the parish of St. John the Wonderworker in Eugene, Oregon.

Patronal Feast Celebration in Eugene, OR

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Eugene, OR - This year, on the Feast of St. John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco on July 2nd, the Church commemorated the 50thanniversary of his repose, which took place in the early morning hours of July 2nd, 1966. In the recently-renovated church dedicated to his memory in Eugene, Oregon, His Grace Bishop Maxim led the faithful in the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and spoke about the significance of St. John as a universal saint. Bishop Maxim described St. John as a Eucharistic and liturgical creature who served the Divine Liturgy every day, acquiring the transformative grace of God that made St. John, as all saints, a witness of the Heavenly Kingdom.

Ordination of Deacon Zoran Aleksic to the Holy Priesthood

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Alhambra, CA - Axios and many years to Deacon Zoran Aleksic, who was ordained to the holy priesthood on June 6th, 2016 by His Grace Bishop Maxim during the Heirarchical Divine Liturgy held at Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California.

Also concelebrating the Liturgy were Very Rev. Nicholas Ceko, Dean of the Cathedral, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, Assistant Priest, Rev. Milan Unkovic, parish priest at the Saint Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas, and Deacon Paul Germain from the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego. 

The Youth Choral of the Cathedral added to the festive ocassion by prayfully and joyfully singing the beautiful responses and hymns under the direction of the Cathedral's Lay Assistance, Jonathan Braun.


2015 05 07 our lady of angels 03The Feast of Our Lady the Queen of Angels (Los Angeles) was celebrated for the second time on Bright Saturday, May 7, 2016, at the St. Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra,

The Synaxarion: On this day, the Saturday of Bright Week, we celebrate the Synaxis of our All-holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, the Queen of all and Sovereign Lady of the Angels, protectress and unfailing intercessor of our holy diocese of Los Angeles.

The special liturgical service (Akolouthia) for this feast day was composed on the Holy Mountain of Athos by Athanasios, Hieromonk of Our Lady of Los AngelesSimonopetra Monastery, Hymnographer of the Holy Great Church of Christ, at the request of His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America. The Service was translated from Greek language into English by Norman Russell.

This Pan-Orthodox feast day began with Matins and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, which incorporated the beautiful Paschal and feast-day hymns. The Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Bishop Maxim with the concelebrating priests of the local Western American Diocese and other nearby Orthodox Jurisdictions. The responses were sung by the Pan-Orthodox Young Adult Choir (POYAC). At the conclusion of the Liturgy His Grace Bishop Maxim thanked the clergy and faithful and gave a brief description of some of the people and events depicted in the beautiful Icon of Our Lady Queen of the Angels. His Grace expressed his hope that this feast day of all Orthodox Christians in Los Angeles will grow in the hearts of the faithful in the course of time, which it has already since its first celebration on Bright Saturday 2015. 

Following the Divine Liturgy the clergy and faithful gathered for refreshments, a light lunch, and an afternoon of fellowship.  



Празник Васкрсења Христовог у Лас Вегасу

05Празник Христовог Васкрсења свечано је прослављен у парохијској заједници Српске Цркве у Лас Вегасу. Свету Литургију служио је протојереј-ставрофор Урош Тодоровић уз саслужење надлежног пароха, јереја Милана Унковића и протођакона Озрена Тодоровића. Након Светог Причешћа коме је приступио велики број верника прочитана је Васкрсна Посланица Свјатјешег Патријарха Иринеја и поздравно слово Преосвећеног Владике Максима.

По завршетку свете Литургије у организацији КСС приређен је свечани ручак у црквеној сали, а радост Празника настављена је Васкрсним фудбалским турниром на новоизграђеном фудбалском терену поред Цркве у коме је учешће узео велики број младих људи. 
Христос Васкрсе Ваистину Васкрсе!

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". 

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