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Church Slava Celebrated Festively in San Marcos

2015 10 25 san marcos slava featureSan Marcos, CA - His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America visited the faithful of St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos, California on the occasion of the celebration of their Church Slava, Sunday, October 25, 2015. Concelebrating with His Grace at the Divine Liturgy was Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Milan Vukovic, retired priest from the San Marcos parish and Protopresbyter Milovan Katanic, the newly appointed priest. Also concelebrating were Deacon Zoran Aleksic, the  diocesan deacon, and Deacon David-John Williams from Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish in Orange County.

In his homily His Grace, the bishop, spoke on the gospel parable of the Sower and just as there was seed which fell on good ground it is our task to diligently cultivate the ground of our hearts that the seed, the Word of God, produce much God-pleasing and salvific fruit. 

 The Slava litiya led by the bishop and clergy ended at the entrance to the church where His Grace officiated at the Rite of the Cutting of the Slava Kolach, turning the kolach with this year's kumovi Petar and Marija Banovic and their children as well as many other parish children and faithful. There the dismissal to the liturgy was taken after which the bishop once again addressed the many faithful who had gathered to partake in the joy of the day's Slava celebration after which he distributed the antidoron.

A festive Slava banquet was prepared in the spacious church hall. Fr. Milovan greeted everyone during the program wishing all a joyous Slava celebration, expressing his great joy and the joy of the entire congregation whenever we are gathered around the holy Eucharist, particularly when we are given the opportunity to celebrate it and be led in prayer by our hierarch as was the case and the joy of that day. The parish folklore groups of all ages performed during the program.  Slava festivities lasted until the early evening hours.

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Bishop Maxim to celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Church in Paterson, New Jersey

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У недељу, 4. октобра 2015. године, прослављена је слава храма Зачећа Светог Јована Крститеља у Патерсону, Њу Џерзи, Епархија источноамеричка

Bishop Maxim to celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Church in Paterson, New Jersey

Sunday October 04, 2015, the Church of the Conception of St. John the Baptist in Paterson celebrateed the 40th anniversary of its founding.

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Maxim of the. Western American Diocese, His Grace Bishop Mitrofan of the Eastern AmericanDiocese, Rev. Thomas Stojšić, V. Rev. Alexander Vlajković (Boston), Rev. Zivko Velimirovic (Timisoara), V. Rev. Dragan Maksimovic (Banja Luka), V. Rev. Zoran Radovic (Elizabeth), and V. Rev. Vladislav Radujković (Paterson). Responses were sung by the choir from Banja Luka, Republic of Serbian SPD "Unity".

Уједно, прослављен је и веома значајан јубилеј - 40 година од оснивања патерсонске парохије. Свету Литургију су служили надлежни Епископ источноамерички др Митрофан и Епископ западноамерички др Максим, чији је деда по мајци, Светозар Тодоровић, био оснивач ове парохије. Саслуживали су прота Александар Влајковић, парох бостонски и архијерејски намјесник вашингтонски, прота Тома Стојшић, пензионисани парох патерсонски, прота Живко Велимировић, парох темишварски, прота Драган Максимовић, парох бањалучки и старешина Саборног храма Христа Спаситеља у Бања Луци, прота Зоран Радовић, парох елизабетски, и прота Владислав Радујковић, парох патерсонски.

На светој Литургији појао је прослављени хор из Бања Луке - СПД "Јединство", који је, захваљујући помоћи Министарства културе Републике Српске, дошао на прославу јубилеја и том приликом одржао неколико концерата у црквама у Бостону, Патерсону, Њујорку и Чикагу.

На свечаном ручку, уз богат културно-умјетнички програм, уручене су захвалнице оснивачима патерсонске парохије и парохијанима који су од оснивања до данас још увек активни у парохијским активностима.

протојереј Владислав Радујковић, парох патерсонски

Orange County Slava

orange county slava 004On Sunday 20th of September the parish of The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish in Orange County celebrated its Slava. His Grace Bishop Maxim accompanied by Diocesan Deacon Zoran presided over the day’s festivities with the parish clergy, Fr. Blasko and Deacon David. The day started with the singing of Orthros and the baptism of Zoe, the six-month old daughter of Deacon David and Diakonissa Lauren.  Bishop Maxim himself administered the baptism and anointing while all present prayed for the newly illumined. The Holy Liturgy followed with the beautiful singing of the parish choir and concluded with a sermon by His Grace in which he described the Liturgy as a kind of joyous play with God. A large banquet followed the Liturgy with music, dancing and fellowship.

 

 

 

Archbishop Demetrios of America, A Letter to Bishop Maxim

angier 150904 st sebastian canonization 1864ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS OF AMERICA

Your Grace and Beloved Brother in Christ, Bishop Maxim,

It was a true source of joy for me to participate in the services and festivities surrounding the canonization of the two clerics who served in North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, His Grace Bishop Mardarije and Archimandrite Sebastian. I write to you today to thank you for inviting me to be a participant and guest in this mostauspicious occasion in the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America and the Orthodox Church across the oecumene.

I am most appreciative of all the gestures of graciousness extended to me. How inspirational it was to witness the vibrancy of your flock in their eager participation inthe weekend events from the majestic church services to the impressive oratorical festival, the spirited dancing, the melodic singing, and the well organized and elegant banquet.

I reiterate my heartfelt thanks. May the intercessions of Saints Mardarije and Saint Sebastian offer to God the prayers and supplications of all the faithful. With myprayers for your health and well being and my best wishes for your archpastoral ministry, I remain

With love and esteem in Christ,

Demetrios of America

Assembly Convenes Sixth Annual Meeting in Chicago


02Chicago, IL--The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened its sixth annual meeting Tuesday, September 15 in Chicago, IL with 45 hierarchs in attendance. The day began with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.

Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, opened the meeting. His remarks can be read here in their entirety. General business followed, including acceptance of the minutes from Assembly V, a financial report from the Assembly’s treasurer, Metropolitan Antony, and brief reports from the Secretary of the Assembly, Bishop Basil, and the Chairman of the Committees, Bishop Maxim. Metropolitan Antony reported that a budget shortfall is expected and expressed his hope that the hierarchs would seek donations from the faithful to meet the shortfall. Bishop Maxim called attention to the committees that have been particularly active to-date: Agencies and Endorsed Organizations, Canonical Regional Planning, Ecumenical Relations, Financial Affairs, Legal Affairs, Pastoral Practice, Monastic Communities, and Youth.

The hierarchs then devoted several hours to canonical regional planning, the first of two such planned sessions. Each of the first hierarchs of the Assembly’s 12 jurisdictions expressed his opinion of a proposal that had been circulated in advance by the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning. The proposal by the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning focuses on three main areas of common work over the next three years: diverging pastoral practices among the jurisdictions; development of possible models for a canonical reorganized Church administration; and greater cooperation and integration of jurisdictional ministries and departments.

The hierarchs were allotted approximately 15 minutes each to express their views on the proposal. Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese was not present; his statement was read on his behalf. Discussion on the opinions expressed will ensue in the opening session on Wednesday.

In the evening, the hierarchs joined more than 100 Chicago-area youth at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral for a service of thanksgiving and a question and answer forum with the bishops. Four hierarchs—Bishop Gregory (ACROD), Bishop Anthony (AOCA), Bishop Maxim (Serbia), and Archbishop Michael (OCA)—sat on a panel and answered questions from the youth. Questions touched on a wide range of topics, including what parishes can do to keep youth in the Church, anxiety and suffering, the possibility of Church unity, and the Church’s view of homosexuality. The event was videotaped and will be made available on the Assembly’s website in the near future. 

The Assembly wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the clergy and faithful of St John the Baptist and Holy Resurrection for their gracious hospitality in hosting the hierarchs. 

Source: http://www.assemblyofbishops.org

Патријарх српски Иринеј у Саборном храму у Њујорку

Његова Светост Патријарх српски г. Иринеј богослужио је 12. септембра 2015. године у Саборном храму Светог Саве у Њујорку.


Српском Патријарху Иринеју саслуживали су Преосвећена господа Епископи источноамерички Митрофан, жички Јустин и западноамерички Максим, као и више православних свештеника из Њујорка. Беседио је патријарх Иринеј. У парохијском дому приређена је трпеза и богат програм. Српском Патријарху добродошлицу је пожелео Епископ источноамерички г. Митрофан као и старешина Саборног храма, прота Ђокан Маjсторовић. Овом приликом, патријарху Иринеју је уручена на дар панагија, као скроман знак пажње и благодарности на посети.

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