Day of Lamenting for the reversion of Hagia Sophia from museum to a mosque

A new museum is being established near Hagia Sophia where Christian objects will be exhibitedE. No. 397
July 20, 2020

TO ALL CLERGY AND MONASTICS;
TO ALL CHURCH-SCHOOL CONGREGATION EXECUTIVE BOARDS;
TO ALL MISSION PARISH COUNCILS AND MONASTERY ADMINISTRATIONS;
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL;
TO THE FEDERATION OF THE CIRCLES OF SERBIAN SISTERS: and
TO ALL FAITHFUL OF THE HOLY DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA


Beloved Clergy, Monastics and Faithful,

His Holiness IRINEJ, Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac, and our Serbian Patriarch in his “Appeal to Turkey” ( https://www.easterndiocese.org/news_200714_1 ), has boldly joined the world outcry over the reversion of Hagia Sophia, Ἁγία Σοφία, the Great Church of Holy Wisdom in Constantinople (presently, Istanbul), dedicated in 537 AD by Emperor Justinian the Great, from a museum to a mosque. In fact, this is now the fourth instance of a historic Byzantine church being reverted from a museum to a mosque in Turkey.

Serbian Students of Eastern America Pay Tribute to Professor John Behr

The Serbian alumni of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, who had the privilege of studying under renowned theologian, the Very Rev. Professor Dr. John Behr, together with his Grace Bishop Irinej, himself an alumnus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, now bid farewell and voice their appreciation, as Fr. John and his family moved to Scotland.

By appointment of Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, the former St. Vladimir’s Seminary Dean from 2007 to 2017, and Fr. Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics, prolific author and acclaimed speaker, has accepted the position of Regius Professor of Humanity at the ancient University of Aberdeen. 

Synaxis of Holy Archangel Gabriel celebrated in Cathedral church of Novi Sad

His Grace Bishop Iinej of Backa presided at the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, in the St. George's Church in Novi Sad on 13/26. July 2020.

-God does not deny the freedom he has given us and never imposes Himself on anyone. That is why faith is needed. If we were enslaved and forced to accept the Lord, then there would be no faith, no deed, no participation along the way of our salvation. The Lord saves us by performing economia of Salvation, He is the One Who is the Savior, but not without us, and especially not against us.

Patron Saint-day of the monastery of Holy Archangel Gabriel in Tumane

Also this year 2020 the Patron Saint-day of the monastery of Holy Archangels in Tumane was celebrated solemnly.

The spiritual celebration began with holiday's vigil service. On the feast day of Holy Archangel Gabriel the faithful people arrived from many places in the name of the Lord.  The Holy Liturgy was celebrated by monastery brotherhood led by High Venerable abbot Dimitrije.

Patron Saint-day of Holy Archangels Monastery in Kovilj

His Grace Bishop Isihije of Mohacs celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Archangels in Kovilj on 26 July 2020.