SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH USA & CANADA
Sebastian Press Catalogue
The term “saint” or “sanctity” (holiness) is something entirely irrelevant and foreign to our time, and to the civilization and the quests of contemporary Man. Which parents nowadays have the ambition of making their children “saints”? Which of our schools and educational programs cultivate sanctity or present it as a vision and as a model? The “successful” person of our time, as well as the ideal of contemporary education and our civilization is not in the least the “good and benevolent” person of classical times. Instead, it is the one who can achieve wealth, comforts and social emergence – this is what parents want of their children, this is what our educational systems chiefly aspire to, this is what the mass media cultivate, and this is the dream of the majority of our young generation.
Indeed, in a society that regards unemployment as its most serious problem and is governed by the anxiety of how to increase its per capita income, for one to speak of saints and sanctity constitutes a challenge – or rather, a cause for laughter and derision. In this way, sanctity has now become a “forgotten vision”.
Forgotten, because once upon a time sanctity actually existed; because it was what inspired our civilization; because our people used to live among saints and they would draw from them the measure of their civilization; they were the heroes, the great champions, the “famous football players” and the “stars” of that time. Now, only the names of our saints remain, and even these have been “clipped” and altered in foreign fashion, while people now prefer...
THE CANONIZATION OF STS. MARDARIJE AND SEBASTIAN
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SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 6, 2015!
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
19th Annual Diocesan Days Gathering
The Western American Diocese
of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America
A Most Unique Event
Celebrating the New American Saints
Commemorating the lives of Saints Mardarije and Sebastian,
Enlighteners and Apostles of the Church in America!
Come experience this once in a lifetime event!
Learn how ordinary lives become extraordinary by the power and grace of God.
Some of us remember them as they lived and worked among us.
Today, all of us gather as they pray to God for us!
SPECIAL INVITED GUESTS:
HIS HOLINESS, IRINEJ, SERBIAN PATRIARCH
RULING HIERARCHS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE U.S.A.
CHURCH AND CIVIL DIGINTARIES
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, September 4th
12:00 Noon DOXOLOGY
1:00 p.m. Clergy Lunch and Seminar
3:00 p.m. Meeting of the Diocesan Council4:00 p.m. ...
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you… (Philippians 1:3)
May our Gracious God always bless you!
The faithful of Kosovo/Metohija send their heartfelt thanks for making their Paschal meals joyous this year. Through your generosity, the Decani Fund provided 125 pork roasts for local families. If only you could have seen their grateful faces!
Remember the nearly 1000 seed packets you sent with me to Kosovo last fall? They are being sown and tended by those who pray to God for a bountiful harvest! Your kindness and love have helped sustain some people who would otherwise have lost hope by now. What can I say to you except THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU—the Lord bless and reward you! Your prayers, love and practical gifts mean more to the faithful than you’ll ever know.
Now, may I ask you a question? What would you do in this situation…
What would you do…if there was not enough food to feed your family more than once a day? What if the one meal consisted of bread and soup? What if you had growing children in your home? “Mom, dad, I’m hungry! Why don’t we go to the shop and buy?” What if you had an elderly person in the home? Even though the elder is hungry, the person insists on sharing their small portion to feed someone younger. And you watch them grown frailer by the day. Perhaps it is your beloved mother or father or your spouse’s.
Would you risk going to a local shop to buy food if you knew it would mean harassment? Harassment —in the form of verbal, emotional or even physical abuse from a shop owner, staff or other shoppers? Hatred and hostility simply because you are Serbian living in Kosovo? What would...
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St. Andrew Fool-For-Christ Serbian Orthodox Parish
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SAINT STEVEN'S SERBIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
1621 West Garvey, Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803
PARISH REPORT FOR YEAR 2015
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL OF THE
WESTERN AMERICAN DIOCESE OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA
NOTICE OF DIOCESAN COUNCIL MEETING
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015
Vespers 6:00 p.m. followed by Council Meeting
Location: Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2015
The Feast of St. Maximus the Confessor
His Grace, Bishop Maxim's Name Day
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy 9:30 a.m - Council Luncheon to Follow
Location: Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra