Archimandrite Vasilieios of Iviron
Visits the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California
September 5, 2011
Christ the Savior Parish Welcomes
Reverend Father Stevan Kovacevich
as New Parish Priest
Sunday, November 6, 2011 - Arcadia California
Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Orthodox Parish
FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE THEOTOKOS
Sunday, September 25, 2011 - Irvine, CA
His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr Michael Lafoon (Antiochian jurisdiction), Fr. Stevan Kovacevic, Hieromonk Fr. Jovan Babic, Deacon Thomas, and Fr. Blasko Paraklis, the hosting priest, together with the parishioners of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Church in Irvine, California, celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Sunday, September 25th.
Although this holy day is celebrated every year, this year it had a special significance in that the church also consecrated its newly-acquired iconastis that was donated by a parishioner The iconastis woodwork was constructed and beautifully carved in Serbia from solid light oak. It is decorated with eight full-length, life-size icons of Jesus, Christ, Most Holy Theotokos and saints, painted on gold-plated panels, that were also done in Serbia by the renowned iconographer, Miloje Milinkovic This magnificent work of art was consecrated in a blessing ceremony by His Grace, Bishop Maxim. A bishop’s throne and a chantor’s stand also carved in light oak to match the iconastis, complete a trilogy of artistic additions to the church that has transformed the church into a truly Orthodox place of worship to glorify God , the Most Holy Theotokos and all the Saints. The church choir, directed by Gorjana Zekic, made the divine liturgy a glorious celebration for this slava. The Divine liturgy service was followed by a banquet in the church hall that was filled to capacity.by the parishioners and guests.
Holy Dormition - Slava of the First Serbian Benevolent Society
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The organization of the first distinctly Serbian society in America, then known as the Serbian Montenegrin Literary and Benevolent Society of San Francisco, in 1880, came about at the same time as a number of important historical developments. In 1878, the Austro-Hungarian military authorities occupied the South Slavic provinces of Bosnia and Hercegovina, instituting policies of "Divide and Rule", and compulsory military service, particularly resented by the Serbs. In Dalmatia the Serbs organized separate political parties and newspapers in 1878 and 1880. Serbian immigration to the United States increasedsubstantially beginni
Of the eight founding members of the First Serbian Benevolent Society, six were from Boka Kotorska: Antonije Vukasovich, Krsto Gopchevich, Jovo Pavkovich, Rade Begovich, Jovan and Vladimir Jovovich. Djuro S. Martinovich was from Montenegro, and Mihail Rashkovich from Vojvodina, a rarity in a colony overwhelmingly by origin from Boka Kotorska, Hercegovina and Montenegro.
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