As part of the preparations of the Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America for the upcoming celebration of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville this July 14 – 16, 2017, the Diocese is pleased to announce that a new, official website (www.stsavamonastery.org) for Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville has been launched today.
The monastery which was founded and built by Saint Mardarije and houses his holy relics will be the main venue of the upcoming celebration.
“We are very pleased that Saint Sava Monastery, as an endowment of Saint Mardarije to our faithful on this continent, as a place where Saint Nikolai of Zhica prayed and celebrated the Divine services, as a place of pilgrimage and prayer for many Orthodox Christians, and as a place which is in the hearts of many of our parishioners and youth, now has a permanent presence on the Internet where more people will be able to learn about its history, our rich Orthodox Tradition, and the upcoming celebration of Saint Mardarije,” said His Grace Bishop Longin.
Information about the upcoming celebration will be posted to the monastery website in the coming weeks as plans are finalized.
Talented conductors expect simple and concrete things from a master class: lots of quality podium time and meaningful feedback. In a uniquely designed format, the Advanced Conducting Master Class – to be held from June 21st through June 25th, 2017 – offers just that with a professional chamber choir serving as the students’ practice instrument under the guidance of a dedicated teacher and mentor.
“We are thrilled to present this unique experiential program in Chicago. Dr. Peter Jermihov is counted among the finest Orthodox choir conductors in the world. Those attending his PaTRAM master class will be immersed, inspired and mentored in the fine art of choral conducting by an infinitely gifted maestro,” says Alexis V. Lukianov, Founder and Chairman of the PaTRAM Institute.
Maestro Jermihov is a student of the legendary Russian teacher—Il’ya Musin and continues the precepts of the Russian School of Conducting in his own conducting and teaching. He has guest-conducted such internationally acclaimed choirs and orchestras, as Cappella Romana, Gloriae Dei Cantores, Moscow & St. Petersburg State Academic Chamber Choirs, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Shinsei Nihon Symphony Orchestra, and many others. He appears regularly as a guest-conductor, clinician, and master teacher in universities across America and is the Founder and Artistic Director of the St. Romanos Cappella with which he concertizes and records newly composed works for Orthodox worship and historical masterpieces from the Christian East and West. Maestro Jermihov has served as an Orthodox chanter and choir director in multiple jurisdictions since age 14.
Friday January 6 2017 – Бадње Дан – Eve of the Nativity of Christ
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.
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
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
On Tuesday, December 27th, the Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God will be at the Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville, 32377 N Milwaukee Ave. , Libertyville IL 60048, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
On Thursday, December 29th, the Myrrh-streaming icon will be at the New Gracanica Monastery, 35240 W Grant Ave., Third Lake IL, 60046, from 9:30am to 12:00pm
У уторак, 27ог децембра, Мироточива икона Пресевете Богородице ће бити у Манастиру Светог Саве у Либертивилу од 18:00 до 19:30.
У четвртак, 29ог децембра, Мироточива икона ће бити у Манастиру Нова Грачаница од 9:30 до 12:00 сати.
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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 of New Gracanica and Midwestern America Diocese