source:  PaTRAM Institute, Tiburon, California – December 26, 2016


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, 2017offers 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.

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President of Srpska Presents Awards to Bishop Longin


During the course of the meeting, President Dodik presented Bishop Longin with Orden Njegosa – First Order which the Government of Republika Srpska has awarded to Saint Sava Academy at the Cathedral, as well as Saint Sava Orthodox School in Milwaukee, in recognition for their educational mission promoting Serbian language studies in Chicago and Milwaukee, and for fostering close relations between their respective communities and the Republic of Srpska.

Bishop Longin Congratulated President Dodik and expressed his hope that the Republic of Srpska will continue to develop in peace and prosperity for the benefit of all its citizens. The Bishop also thanked President Dodik for the awards presented to Saint Sava Academy and Saint Sava Orthodox School noting that we are very proud of this recognition and accept it with honor and gratefulness. His Grace also invited Mr. President to visit our community in CHICAGO in the nearest future.

Earlier in the week, on January 9th, Saint Sava Academy Board President Nenad Djordjevic attended the official celebration of the Day of the Republic in Banja Luka and expressed his appreciation to Republika Srpska officials for their support of the Academy’s work.



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

Мироточива икона с Хаваја у нашој епархији / Myrrh-streaming icon from Hawaii in our diocese

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The Wonderworking Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God

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.




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


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.