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“Three-Handed” Icon of the Mother of God in USA

Serving with Bishops Longin and Peter, were 18 priests and 8 deacons of the Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America and other Orthodox Dioceses.  After the Prayer behind the Ambo, His Grace Bishop Longin blessed the New Gracanica “Three-Handed” Icon of the Mother of God, which has been enthroned on the left side of the nave in a most-beautiful hand carved wooden throne.  The icon, which is a gift of the former Diocesan Circle of Serbian Sisters of the former Diocese of America and Canada, Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, is adorned with silver, gold and precious and semi-precious stones.  The beauty of this holy icon cannot be described in words and will always adorn our Holy Monastery, as a protectress for generations and ages to come.  This icon brings the blessing of Holy Mount Athos to our Diocese, along with the first visit of an Abbot of Hilandar Monastery to North America, who brings our Diocese the blessing of his predecessors, St. Sava and St. Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher.

Following the blessing, His Grace Bishop Longin spoke about the meaning of this icon to our Diocese and Monastery, as well as the meaning of the original Trojerucica, not only to the Serbian people and identity, but to Orthodoxy world-wide.After Divine Liturgy, a banquet was held in the Monastery Hall, at which over 450 people were present.  During the meal, Mr. Milivoj Randjic, the Director of the Foundation for the Restoration of Hilandar, spoke about the destruction of Hilandar Monastery a few years ago by fire, and the dyer need for its renovation.  Mr. Randjic quoted St. Nikolaj Velimirovic, who said that the state of Hilandar Monastery mirrors the state of the Serbian Nation and visa versa, for which reason we must renew ourselves and Hilandar Monastery.
Archimandrite Metodije also spoke at the banquet.  He spoke not only about the renovations now taking place in the walls of Hilandar Monastery, but also about the spiritual renovation that is taking place in the monastery.  As he said, if there is no spiritual renovation and revival, then our physical renovation of the place is in vain and for nought, because the monasteries of Mt. Athos are not museums, but rather places of habitation and spirituality.
As the prayerful day came to a close, all present felt the blessing the Mother of God bestowed upon us through her enthronement in New Gracanica Monastery.  Yet again, this most-sacred and magnificent monastery is adorned with even more beauty – beauty which only is due to the Mother of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

VIDEO AFTER BLESSING

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New Help for Milic Family

 


As always, we were greeted warmly in the House of Milic family. Their host and head of the family father Milan is still at the hospital Brezovik, and his head role is bravely but slowly take by the boys - twins. It was nice to see them to cleave the wood, enough to replace her mother. Thank God, the children were healthy and well and hope they will come to the right path and that our humanitarian organizations will do at least a small step to help that really happen.

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Serbian Monastery in New Carlisle,IN

Nesteled in the rolling hills of nothwestern Indiana, far away from the noise and bustle of big cities,on a spaceus piece of wooded land that resembles the fertlile regions of Shumadija ,lies the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Although the monastery was build and consecrated in 1994, the idea of a Serbian monastery in America was conseived much earlier and was beyond any doubt guided by the Will of God. It was a reflection and  the realization of a long-time wish of mother Evpraskija(Paunovic) , who later become the first abbess of the monastery. Together with hieromonk Gabriel and sisters Paraskeva and Antonina and with blessing of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan, Mother Evparaksija searched for a way to found a monastic community in North America that would reflect the way of life of such holy places as Zhicha ,Studenica and Ljubostinja, and other old Serbian monasteries. The funds for building the monastery came as a gift from God: Mrs.Olga Popov, a devout Russian woman and a great friend of the Serbian people left the sisterhood a substantial amount of money for the monastery building fund. By Divine Providence , the monastery never lacked benefactors and donors.

The Monastery was consecrated on June 19, 1994 , on the Feast of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Holy liturgy was served by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Pavle together with several bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and numerous priests and hieromonks from both Serbia and the diaspora, in the presence of many faithful people.

Location of the monastery:

32787 Early Road, New Carlisle,IN 46552

Enjoy in this pictures of this beautiful monastery.

 


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Annual meeting of central board of Serbs For Serbs

We have adopted Meeting Agenda (9 parts) and Curriculum for 2011 (13 parts).
Meeting was opened with prayer.

Board for 2011 was elected unanimously:
President: Zeljka Krsmanovic
Vice Presidents: Nemanja Milosavljevic and Dusan Stojkovic
Treasurer and Finance: Aleksandar Krsmanovic
Head of Marketing: Petko Petrovich
General Secretary: Nebojsa Zivkovic

The plan is to organize a Charity party in Chicago in 2011 for Serbian Children and a number of different actions.

Children are our future!

Happy Holidays to all our donors and friends!

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SfS visited family Premović

 

 

 

We first met prior Jovan in the Vujan monastery. The monastery is only a several kilometres away from the Premović's home. It is known as a place where our previous patriarch Pavle began his life as a monk. He was very ill when he came to the monastery, without the chance to survive, but the pray in front of the Holy relics of the unknown saint is believed to have contributed to his healing.

 

The aim of our visit to the Premović family was to get to know them and together find a way to help them. We used this visit to bring them some fruit and sweets, and the book about Saint Sava. The house in which they live was plastered and isolated not so long ago, and the charity organization My Joy from Germany has equiped the bathroom. However, more funds are needed to finish the house inside. We were happy to find out that this family has the necesarry conditions and the will to grow domestic animals next to the ones they already have: two sows, one goat and hens, so we will probably help them to get more animals.

 

The members of the Premović family are modest and quiet people. Although we didn't find all the children at home, the youngest Jelena and Luka were smiled all the time and they represented their family in the best light. The two of them do everything together, and it seems that the children have better relationships in modest families, without envy or selfishness.

 

The mother has an income of about 15.000 dinars. The two oldest children started to work and made things easier for their family, so we hope that all of us together can help them to become completely independent.

 

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We delivered firewood to family Tomic!



Another problem they have is not only there is not available work, as is the case in rest od Serbia, but Serbs in general cannot get jobs because slowly all the major functions in the city are occupied by Albanians, which of course bring other albanians to work, and do not want Serbs to hire. So that is why the life of Serbs in Bujanovac is extremely difficult. Thanks to God and our donors, we managed to help family Tomic, they would like to thank the entire organization.



See the account of purchase for 6m cubic firewood and accounts for the transport of our representatives from Nis to Bujanovac and back.

 

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