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ПРАЗНИЧНИ РАСПОРЕД СЛУЖБИ – NATIVITY SCHEDULE

Friday January 6 2017 – Бадње Дан – Eve of the Nativity of Christ

New Gracanica

8:00AM Royal Hours

9:00AM Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great

5:00 PM Christmas Eve Vigil, Blessing of Badnjak, Traditional Meal in Hall

St. Sava Libertyville

6:00 PM Christmas Eve Vigil, Blessing of Badnjak

Saturday, January 7 – Божић – The Nativity according to the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ.

New Gracanica

10:00AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

St. Sava Libertyville

4:00AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Sunday, January 8 – Сабор Пресвете Богородице, Други дан Божића – Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos, Second Day of Christmas

9:00AM Matins

10:00AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Monday, January 9 – СВЕТИ АРХИЂАКОН СТЕФАН, ТРЕЋИ ДАН БОЖИЋА – Holy Protomartyr and Archdeacon Stephen, Third Day of Christmas

9:00 AM Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

Blessing and Cutting of Slavski Kolach before and after Liturgy

SAINT MARDARIJE OF LIBERTYVILLE – A GIFT TO AMERICA

 

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The Commemoration of St. Mardarije (December 12), began on Sunday, 12/11/16, with Hierarchical Liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Chicago celebrated by Metropolitan Amfilohije (Montenegro and Coastlands), Bishop Longin (New Gracanica-Midwest America), Bishop Maxim (Western America), Bishop Irinej (Eastern America) and Bishop Kirilo (of Diocletia, assistant administrator of South America) along with Cathedral clergy Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Fr. Radovan Jakovljevic, Protodeacons Milovan Gogic, Pavle Starcevic and deacons Nenad Jakovljevic and Jovan Anicic. The Liturgy was well attended and responses were sung by the Branko Radicevic choir.  Metropolitan Amfilohije gave a moving homily wherein he spoke of Saint Mardarije stressing that our Serbian homeland gave to America the best gift — Holy Saints — St. Mardarije, St. Sebastian, St. Varnava and St. Nikolai who following in the steps of St. Sava worked tirelessly to evangelize the Serbian Orthodox. He also touched on American life and counseled against the sin of abortion. Following the liturgy a luncheon was held in the hall which included a program providing commentary regarding the Crete sabor by Metropolitan Amfilohije, Bishop Longin and Bishop Irinej who all attended the sabor.

On Monday, December 12, 2016, the actual feast date of St. Mardarije, Hierarchical Liturgy was served at St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville where Metropolitan Amfilohije, Bishop Longin, Bishop Sava (retired Bishop of Slavonija), Bishop Irinej and Bishop Kirilo concelebrated with more than 20 priests and 5 deacons of the Midwest and Eastern dioceses with faithful laity in attendance. Following the Liturgy, a beautiful Akatist was solemnly served at the grave of St. Mardarije located on the right side of the Church, followed by the cutting of the Slavski kolac.

img_1478As Metropolitan Amfilohije has emphasized, Libertyville Illinois has been given a great gift — the church of St. Sava, and its founder, our holy Saint Mardarije. Let us acknowledge this endowment by constantly venerating St. Mardarije and asking for his intercession before Christ our God as well as supporting the Libertyville renovation project to continue the work begun decades before us.

O tireless preacher of Christ the Lord, Saint-Sava like leader of your people in the Diaspora, diligent builder and teacher of repentance, whose rule of life was: Sowing Christian love, spreading peace, quieting passions, preaching good and turning people into brothers. O Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and America, with all the Enlighteners of the American land, Beseech the only Lover of mankind to grant peace and unity to the Orthodox people!

-Kondak to St. Mardarije

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A pan-Orthodox celebration of St. Mardarije’s canonization is being planned for July 16, 2017 by Bishop Longin.  Read more about St. Mardarije in an excellent Sebastian Press title “To the Glory of God the Father” The lives of Saint Mardarije and Saint Sebastian, 2015 (Editor: Bishop Maxim) and a beautiful Sveti Gora Press (2016) booklet entitled “St. Mardarije of Lesanj-Libertyville and All America, biography, service and Akatist.” (Editor: Metropolitan Amfilohije) both available in New Gracanica bookstore.

A book about St. Mardarije for children can be purchased at Potamitis Publishing.

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Bishop Longin, other church officials break ground on new St. Sava cemetery

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With prayer and a special blessing, clergy and church members broke ground Saturday on a new cemetery at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, which will serve Orthodox Church members of all ethnic groups.

A solemn procession led by His Grace Bishop Longin and priests from several Orthodox parishes in Indiana and Illinois brought church members from St. Sava church building north to the site where the cemetery will be built.

Ground was broken with gold-colored shovels, and the dirt blessed before it was placed around a cross marking the location of the first grave site.

“It’s a beautiful project. It keeps us all together,” said the Rev. Marko Matic, parish priest of St. Sava, which has about 380 members. “It will be an Orthodox cemetery, allowing our parishioners to be buried with all the Orthodox customs and traditions.”

Of special significance, he said, was that the ceremony took place on St. Varnava (Nastic) Day, marking the day the Gary native was consecrated a saint.

“He was the first child baptized at St. Sava when it was in Gary. Today is his day,” Matic said.

The Rev. Bogan Zjalic, assistant priest at St. Sava, said a committee began working on bringing an Orthodox cemetery to the site five years ago because so many parishioners requested one.

Previously, many church members traveled as far as Gurnee, Ill., or New Carlisle, Ind., to bury loved ones in an Orthodox cemetery, he said.

About 40 acres owned by St. Sava in the 9100 block of Mississippi Street have been earmarked for the cemetery, with another 80 acres available if needed.

The new cemetery has had support from Russian, Greek, Romanian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches in Illinois and Indiana, Zjalic said.

Church member Radmila Milivojevic said the cemetery is not only important for members of the Serbian church, but for all ethnicities of the Orthodox Church.

Three phases are planned, with 2,100 grave sites in the first phase, church president Danica Pejnovic said.

Planting grass and the remainder of the asphalt work needed for the first phase will be done in spring, officials said.

Source: Chicago Tribune