Labor Day picnic

На празник Лејбор Деј, у понедељак 5 септембра одржава се традиционални пикник на имању Манастира Нова Грачаница. Света Литургија почиње у 10:00 сати, а програм пикника у 14:00.

За постављање столова и продају или рекламу производа и услуга, јавите се у епархијску канцеларију на 847 223 4300.

Добро дошли!


On Labor Day, Monday, September 5, traditional picnic will be held at the grounds of the New Gracanica Monastery. Divine Liturgy begins at 10am, picnic program at 2pm.

For setting up of tables and sales or advertising of products or services, please contact diocesan office at 847 223 4300.



Enthronement of Bishop Irinej October 1 in Pittsburgh

The faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America are busily preparing to welcome their new Archpastor, His Grace Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic). His Grace, who was elected in May by the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church to head the Eastern American Diocese, will be enthroned at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh on Saturday, October 1.

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 AM, with the welcoming of the hierarchs by the clergy and faithful. It is anticipated that numerous hierarchs and other guests will be in attendance. Leading the list of dignitaries will be Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, who made adjustments to their busy schedule to be present.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy His Grace Bishop Irinej will be led to the cathedra, or throne of the Bishops of the Eastern American Diocese by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwest America as the senior Serbian Orthodox hierarch in North America. There Bishop Irinej will take his place as the fifth Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America, and deliver his first archpastoral message to his new flock. Following the services all will be welcomed for a short reception at the Cathedral.

The celebration will then continue at the elegant marble Carnegie Art Museum Music Hall Foyer and Balcony in the Oakland cultural center of Pittsburgh, with a banquet and program honoring our new Bishop beginning at 1:30 PM. A highlight of the banquet will be special performances by two outstanding artists. The well-known “Talija” Folklore Ensemble, visiting from Serbia on a tour of the United States, will present a program of Serbian music and dance. “Talija” specifically requested to perform at His Grace’s enthronement celebration. Joining them on the program will be operatic baritone Dimitrie Lazich. Mr. Lazich has performed important roles in numerous operatic productions and has agreed to lend his considerable talents to the day’s celebration.

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Dormition – Uspenije – Velika Gospojina 2016

У недељу, 28 августа, у Манастиру Нова Грачаница је прослављено Успеније Пресевете Богородице – Слава Епархијског Кола Српских Сестара. Након Свете Литургије коју је Епископ новограчанички-средњезападноамерички Лонгин служио уз шест свештеника и два ђакона уследио је банкет у великој сали. На банкету је било око 300 људи, укључујући чланице кола свих парохија ширег чикашког базена.

На банкету су многи, почевши од кумова Славе, омладинаца и кампера Николаса Вукотића и Еме Маноловић истакли важност летњег кампа и његов успех ове године, као и прошлих година. Захваљујући раду Кола Српских Сестара летњи камп се одржава већ више од 70 година и формира Хришћанску и Српску свест младих генерација.

On Sunday, August 28, Dormition of the Mother of God was celebrated at the New Gracanica Monastery, as the Slava of the Diocesan Kolo of Serbian Sisters. After Divine Liturgy which was served by Bishop Longin of New Gracanica – Midwestern America, accompanied by six priests and two deacons, a banquet was held at the big hall. The banquet was attended by about 300 people, including members of the kolos of all the parishes in the greater Chicago area.

At the banquet, several people, starting with the Slava kumovi, campers Nicholas Vukotic and Emma Manolovich, pointed out the importance of the summer camp and its success this year, as well as previous years. Thanks to the work of the kolo sisters the summer camp has been held for over 70 years and it continues to form the Christian and Serbian identity of the young generations.



In giving birth thou didst preserve thy virginity, and in thy falling asleep thou hast not forsaken the world, O Theotokos. Thou hast been, translated to life, as thou art the Mother of Life. And by thy supplications thou dost deliver our souls from death.


The tomb and mortality could not hold the Theotokos, who is untiring in her supplications and our certain hope in her intercessions. For, as the Mother of Life, she hath passed over to the Life Who dwelt within her ever-virgin womb.


22 August 2016

Apostle Matthias, Afterfeast of the Transfiguration

On Monday evening 8 August 2016, I received at the Diocesan See, Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God Monastery “New Gracanica,” a group of present and former members from the organization now known as the Serbian American Museum “St. Sava,” which for most of its history was known as the Serbian Cultural Club “St. Sava,” founded by the well-known Serbian intellectual +Dr. Slobodan Draskovic, whose movement had as its foundation the teachings of the Father of our Serbian Church and Nation, St. Sava. This group of present and former members presented an eloquent letter/appeal requesting that our Serbian Orthodox Diocese become involved in the situation which is presently unfolding in the organization, regarding the potential sale of the building located at 448 W. Barry in Chicago and the future of the organization.

Being moved by the letter/appeal and by the heartfelt words of the group, I proceeded to meet on Wednesday 10 August with the President of the organization, Dr. Zivojin Pavlovic, at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago, in the presence of V. Rev. Darko Spasojevic (Cathedral Dean), Desko Nikitovic (the former Consul General of the Republic of Serbia, Chicago-Belgrade Sister Cities Committee Co- Chair and organization member) and Ljubisa Milicic (Chicago-Belgrade Sister Cities Committee Co- Chair). At this meeting, a path forward was agreed to by Dr. Pavlovic, whereby many of the concerns presented to me by the group would be overcome, namely that the sale of the property would be placed with a highly-regarded commercial real estate brokerage which has no pre-existing fiduciary relationship to the organization and that our Serbian Orthodox Diocese, along with prominent leaders of the Serbian American community, would become direct legal decision-makers in how best to use the proceeds of the sale, since the Barry building is a historic legacy of the entire Serbian Orthodox community, not just the present localized membership of this once-prominent, world-wide Serb diaspora organization.

Unfortunately, I have learned from the group that Dr. Pavlovic thus far has not honored the 10 August agreement and that, therefore, the group has been left with no choice but to retain a lawyer. Today, I received a copy of the letter from their lawyer to Dr. Pavlovic and the present board of the organization. I am truly saddened by the fact that our Serbian Orthodox community, once again, is on the brink of a legal dispute. I call upon all involved to avoid litigation and specifically call upon Dr. Pavlovic to honor the agreement that was reached on 10 August.

Your intercessor before our Transfigured Lord,

+Bishop Longin

Bishop of New Gracanica and Midwestern America Diocese


Transfiguration 2016


Icon of the Transfiguration
Icon of the Transfiguration

Thou wast transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, Who didst show Thy glory unto Thy disciples as far as they could bear it, May Thine ever-existing light shine forth also upon us sinners through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Bestower of light, glory to Thee!

Blessed Fruit of the Transfiguration
Blessed Fruit of the Transfiguration

On the mountain wast Thou transfigured, and Thy disciples beheld Thy glory as far as they could bear it, O Christ God; that when they would see Thee crucified, they would comprehend that Thy suffering was voluntary, and proclaim to the world that Thou art of a truth the Effulgence of the Father.




Чикаго, 28. јун 2016

У недељу код прелепог манастира Нова Грачаница одржана је Видовданска прослава и прослављена 102. година Српске Народне Одбране у Америци, најстарије националне организације Срба на америчком континенту.

После Св. Литургије у манастиру одржан је помен бившим председницима и оснивачима, као и преминулим члановима, а потом је у великој сали манастира освештан славски колач у част и славу Св. великомученика Лазара Косовског, празника СНО који се слави од самог оснивања, и прочитана молитва пре послуженог славског ручка. Видовдан је одувек био заједнички именитељ свих националних прегнућа Срба како у Народној одбрани тако и свих Срба у Америци.

Водитељ програма Никола Марић поздравио је присутне и обавестио их да је претходног дана успешно одржан 75. конгрес СНО и да су делегати Конгреса са свих страна Америке, свесни још увек тешког положаја Срба у Србији, Републици Српској, Црној Гори, Хрватској и Македонији, и посебно на Косову и Метохији, донели резолуцију у којој их све поздрављају и моле да очувају јединство српског националног и духовног простора, уз посебан акценат на очувању српског Светосавља, језика и ћириличног писма јер су то наше највеће одреднице као народа. Уједно, поздрави су упућени и другим српским националним организацијама у расејању, уз позив свим Србима Америке да се прикључе нашој борби за опстанак Српства и да никада не забораве шта је СНО у заједници са Српском црквом, Српском братском помоћи и Српским народним савезом учинила за њихове очеве и дедове у тешким данима после Првог и Другог св. рата.

По други пут изабрани млади председник СНО Небојша Живковић посведочио је спремност Српске народне одбране на свакојаку жртву да се очува српски народ, вера, језик и писмо на тлу Америке, али и уз исти апел и Отаџбини. Видовдан је дан који нас спаја и говори да видовданско предање и етика јесу суштина српског бића и када год би се од њега одвојили настајало је пострадање. „Данас доказујемо да је Видовдан део нас и да ми у Америци нећемо изгубити свој корен“, рекао је председник СНО.

Домаћин Славе г. Драган Селаковић, који је само неколико дана раније изабран за председника Српске Братске Помоћи у Америци, обратио се гостима, поздравио све присутне и захвалио се на указаној части да буде домаћин.

Монах о.Петар Саиловић својом Видовданском беседом одушевио је све присутне и добио громогласан аплауз препуне манстирске сале. Ту је још једном потврђена чврста нит која веже Видовдан, Српску Цркву, Народну одбрану и српски народ у Америци, што је најважнија тачка живота у расејању и односа према свом истинском хришћанском предању које нам је дато да га чувамо и сачувамо ма где били.

Потом су се обратили г. Петар Самарџија као председник 75. конгреса СНО који је поздравио присутне и амерички глумац и продуцент српског порекла Владимир Рајчић који је поздравио присутне и захвалио се на позиву да присуствује овој традиционалној прослави.

На крају у једном снажном мотивационом говору обратио се и прослављени тренер младе репрезентације Србије у фудбалу која је освојила ФИФА Светско првенство прошле године г. Вељко Пауновић, као специјални гост, који је причао о походу на врх света са репрезентацијом Србије. Присутни су у тишини слушали и дивили се енергији овог младог стручњака, који је довео цео свој стручни штаб на традиционалну српску прославу.

После занимљивих гостију и поздрава, присутни су уживали у музици Мирјане Неговановић са оркестром.

Информативна служба СНО у Америци

НАПОМЕНА За фотографије, молимо Вас да се обратите на ову е-пошту или их сачекате на нашем веб-сајту.

Serbian National Defense Council of America

Српскa Народнa Одбранa у Америци

5782 N. Elston Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646-5546

Phone: (773) 775-7772  Fax: (773) 775-7779




A Celebration in Honor of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

A Celebration in Honor of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN on His 25 Years of Service in the Eastern American Diocese and His Election as Bishop of Canada

Saturday, August 13, 2016
St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church Aliquippa, PA
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, 10 AM
Reception & Testimonial Banquet to follow at the St. Elijah Serbian Center

This year marks His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’s 25th Anniversary as Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Eastern America. It also marks a new milestone as he leaves the Eastern American Diocese for his new duties as Bishop of Canada. The clergy and faithful of the Eastern American Diocese are invited to thank His Grace for his years of faithful service as our Archpastor, and to wish him Godspeed as he assumes his new duties in Canada at this service and banquet in his honor. Complete details will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, save the date and plan to join us for this historic event.



June 18, 2016

The Saturday before Pentecost, this year on June 18, is the day the Orthodox set aside all other activities to remember the DEPARTED. This is one of the specially set Memorial Saturdays of the year when we who are yet alive, the Church Militant, still struggling against evil, gather at Church and the cemetery to pray for the souls of our relatives and friends, the Church Triumphant — together we are the body of Christ. The prayers offered are beneficial not only for the departed but for the living. On Saturday, DIVINE LITURGY was served at St. Sava (Libertyville) and also at Protection of the Virgin/Pokrov Church (New Gracanica), and was followed by a PARASTOS and BLESSING OF GRAVES at both cemeteries. The name of the newly departed +Milenko Vuckovich who attended church at Pokrov and was a faithful bass singer with the Episcopal Choir was mentioned at Liturgy and the Parastos.


Treasury of Blessings and Giver of Life Come and Abide in us.



The glorious Feast of Pentecost, was celebrated on Sunday, June 19 at the Pokrov Church, New Gracanica which was decorated with the traditional greens representing the ever living Tree of grace and life, of joy and comfort. Thus says the Lord:

Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I your God am holy.

(Lev 11.44-45, 1 Pet 1.15-16)

-M. Savich