2148 Michelson Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Myrrh-Streaming Mother of God Icon “Softener of Evil Hearts”

Myrrh-Streaming Mother of God Icon “Softener of Evil Hearts”

The Myrrh-Stream­ing Moth­er of God Icon “Soft­en­er of Evil Hearts” will vis­it our church tomor­row, Decem­ber 21, 2019, between 10 AM and 6 PM.

Please, join us tomor­row for this blessed occasion!

Divine Litur­gy at 10 AM and Ves­pers at 5 PM.

Serbian New Year 2020

Serbian New Year 2020

Ser­bian New Year

When? Jan­u­ary 11, 2020 — Cock­tail at 7pm, Din­ner at 8pm
Where? Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Music? Boban Mar­janovic & The Band

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Srp­s­ka Nova God­i­na (2017)

2019 EuroSerb Food and Folk Fest


Lake­view Senior Center
Date: Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 2, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm — 8:00 pm
Where: 20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604

Sponsorship Opportunities

Spon­sor our Festival

Vendor Opportunities

Ven­dors apply here.

Church Slava

The Church Board of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Parish of Orange Coun­ty invites you to its
Church Sla­va — The Nativ­i­ty of The Most Holy Theotokos

Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos

We invite all our South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Faith­ful to par­tic­i­pate in our celebration!

Respons­es will be sung by our Church Choir “Istoc­nik”
Ban­quet and Ser­bian music will follow

Divine Litur­gy:
When: Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2019, from 10 AM to 12 PM
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
Cler­gy: Fr. Blasko Parak­lis and Vis­it­ing Ortho­dox Clergy

Direc­tions: Take 405 Free­way, Exit @ MacArthur Blvd. in Irvine. South on MacArthur towards John Wayne Air­port. Turn left onto Michel­son, pass Dupont, enter the first dri­ve­way on the right.

Ban­quet & Music:
When: Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2019, from 12 PM to 5 PM
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Sla­va Adult $20
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Adult: 18 or older
Youth: 11 to 17
Child: 7 to 10
Free: 6 or younger

Infor­ma­tion: Call Fr. Blasko Parak­lis at (949) 702‑0706 or email at OBlasko@aol.com

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<span class="caps">STATEMENT</span>: Regarding the Episcopal Council for North, Central and South America, the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology,  Constitutional Matters and Draft Child Protection Policies and Procedures

STATEMENT: Regarding the Episcopal Council for North, Central and South America, the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology,  Constitutional Matters and Draft Child Protection Policies and Procedures

To the Very Rev­erend and Rev­erend Priests and Dea­cons, Ven­er­a­ble Monas­tics, the Mem­bers and Parish­ioners of the Church-School Con­gre­ga­tions and Mis­sion Parish­es of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Dio­ce­ses in the Unit­ed States of America

For God is not a God of con­fu­sion but of peace, as in all the church­es of the saints
(1 Corinthi­ans 14:33)

Beloved Cler­ics, Broth­ers and Sis­ters in Christ,

It has come to our atten­tion that mis­in­for­ma­tion con­tin­ues to cir­cu­late on the Inter­net, relat­ed to the Church Assem­bly-Sabor which was held in July 2019. Out of our pas­toral love and con­cern for our faith­ful Cler­gy and Laity, ever mind­ful of the Scrip­tur­al adage, you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32), we state the fol­low­ing to lib­er­ate you of your doubt:

The Epis­co­pal Coun­cil for North, Cen­tral and South America

● First, as we clear­ly set forth in the “State­ment” that we issued on August 1, 2019 (https://serborth.org/news_190805_1), the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church for North, Cen­tral and South Amer­i­ca con­tin­ues to exist and is com­prised of the fol­low­ing Bish­ops: Lon­gin of New Gra­cani­ca-Mid­west­ern Amer­i­can, Mitro­phan of Cana­da, Max­im of West­ern Amer­i­ca, Irinej of East­ern Amer­i­ca, and Kir­i­lo of Buenos Aires and South-Cen­tral Amer­i­ca. Any sug­ges­tion that the Bish­ops of Cana­da and South Amer­i­ca have been exclud­ed from this Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is sim­ply false.

The St. Sava Ser­bian Ortho­dox School of Theology

● Sec­ond, among its many func­tions, this five-mem­ber Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is also in charge of and con­tin­ues to super­vise the work of the St. Sava Ser­bian Ortho­dox School of The­ol­o­gy (Lib­er­tyville-Third Lake). At the recent Church Assem­bly-Sabor held in July 2019, a report regard­ing the St. Sava School of The­ol­o­gy was pre­sent­ed and dis­cussed at length (https://serborth.org/news_190728_1). The report includ­ed men­tion of some improve­ments to the over­all life of the School, such as the estab­lish­ment of a Trustee­ship Coun­cil to assist the Dean in admin­is­tra­tive and finan­cial matters.

Fur­ther study on all mat­ters con­cern­ing the School, includ­ing its com­pli­ance with the laws and reg­u­la­tions of the State of Illi­nois, its accred­i­ta­tion and future, will be done by the above-described five-mem­ber Epis­co­pal Coun­cil in coordination/tandem with the Holy Syn­od of Bish­ops in Bel­grade. The Holy Syn­od may send a Com­mis­sion to eval­u­ate the School. In prepa­ra­tion for the vis­it of the Com­mis­sion, the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is con­sult­ing edu­ca­tion­al, legal, finan­cial and oth­er rel­e­vant experts to objec­tive­ly assess the School with­out any pre-con­ceived agen­da, so that the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil can make author­i­ta­tive rec­om­men­da­tions to the Holy Synod.

Con­sti­tu­tion­al Matters

● Third, with respect to our cur­rent and long-stand­ing (not new!) Con­sti­tu­tion and relat­ed gov­ern­ing doc­u­ments, we once again ask you, our dear spir­i­tu­al chil­dren, to care­ful­ly read our State­ment issued on August 1 (https://serborth.org/news_190805_1), which explains the arronda­tion (lim­i­ta­tion in ter­ri­to­r­i­al scope) of the exist­ing Con­sti­tu­tion to only the ter­ri­to­ry of the USA (decid­ed by the Holy Assem­bly of Bish­ops at its meet­ing in May 2018) and how this ter­ri­to­r­i­al arronda­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion result­ed in the chang­ing of our con­sti­tu­tion­al title, which now reflects the de fac­to real­i­ty of the actu­al ter­ri­to­r­i­al juris­dic­tion of this doc­u­ment, the Unit­ed States of America.

We again want to remind every­one that the holy canons of our Church leave cer­tain deci­sions to the Bish­ops alone. One of those deci­sions is changes to the ter­ri­to­ry of a dio­cese. Only a dioce­san bish­op can pro­pose a ter­ri­to­r­i­al change to his dio­cese and only the Holy Assem­bly of Bish­ops can allow and approve any changes. We remind every­one of the recent ter­ri­to­r­i­al changes which occurred in 2009, when final admin­is­tra­tive uni­ty was achieved. Dioce­san bound­aries were changed (e.g. the Met­ro­pol­i­tanate of Chica­go and Lib­er­tyville was cre­at­ed and then abol­ished), and all of these changes were done by the Bish­ops and these changes then auto­mat­i­cal­ly became part of our Con­sti­tu­tion. Those ter­ri­to­r­i­al changes were not done by a vote at the Church Assembly—Sabor, but were pro­posed by the affect­ed Bish­ops and were then approved by deci­sions of the Holy Assem­bly of Bish­ops. That is exact­ly what has tak­en place regard­ing our Con­sti­tu­tion and relat­ed gov­ern­ing documents.

Draft Child Pro­tec­tion Poli­cies and Procedures

● Fourth, at the recent Church Assembly—Sabor in July 2019, there was an edu­ca­tion­al safe­ty pre­sen­ta­tion for Cler­gy and Laity on the cur­rent lia­bil­i­ty issues fac­ing all reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions in the USA, includ­ing our three USA Dio­ce­ses. The focus of the pre­sen­ta­tion was on child pro­tec­tion poli­cies and pro­ce­dures that are being devel­oped and imple­ment­ed by many reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions and denom­i­na­tions, as a direct response to new State and Fed­er­al leg­is­la­tion, reg­u­la­tions and caselaw con­cern­ing child sex­u­al molesta­tion and abuse claims. The Epis­co­pal Coun­cil has been work­ing with insur­ance and legal experts in enhanc­ing our cur­rent Dioce­san poli­cies and procedures.

These enhanced poli­cies and pro­ce­dures are still in draft form and have not yet been promulgated/adopted by the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil. Dur­ing the edu­ca­tion­al safe­ty pre­sen­ta­tion at the Sabor, men­tion was made that many US States, the once-sacred “Priest-Pen­i­tent Priv­i­lege” has been abol­ished. In plain lan­guage what that means is that, in these States, all cler­gy (Ortho­dox, Catholic, Protes­tant, etc) are now required to imme­di­ate­ly report any knowl­edge of sex­u­al molesta­tion of a minor, includ­ing but not lim­it­ed to knowl­edge gained dur­ing the course of the con­fes­sion. We are told that many more US States are also con­sid­er­ing abol­ish­ing the Priest-Pen­i­tent Priv­i­lege and we expect that judi­cial rul­ings will also fur­ther erod­ed the Priest-Pen­i­tent priv­i­lege in child abuse situations.

The Epis­co­pal Coun­cil is great­ly trou­bled by the abolition/erosion of the Priest-Pen­i­tent Priv­i­lege – how­ev­er, the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil has no choice but to come to terms with this trag­ic change and we must devel­op a coher­ent and canon­i­cal­ly cor­rect Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian response. We have invit­ed and look for­ward to receiv­ing con­crete pro­pos­als from our own Ser­bian Ortho­dox cler­gy and laity (as well as from our sis­ter Ortho­dox Chris­t­ian juris­dic­tions and oth­er Chris­t­ian denom­i­na­tions which have the Holy Mys­tery of Con­fes­sion), on how we as Ser­bian Ortho­dox Hier­ar­chs should respond and deal with this trag­ic devel­op­ment and change to US law.

Inter­net “Post­ings” and “E‑Petitions”

● Last, the unsigned and anony­mous inter­net “post­ings” and “e‑petitions” attack­ing the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil, the Cen­tral Coun­cil and their work­ing com­mit­tees, par­tic­u­lar­ly the Legal Risk and Com­pli­ance Com­mit­tee, are whol­ly unfound­ed and should be ignored.

Know­ing that the Church “is in the world, but it is not of this world”, we seek the exper­tise of many sub­ject-mat­ter experts in deal­ing with central/national, dioce­san and local parish issues on a reg­u­lar basis. The experts we con­sult are not lim­it­ed to legal experts, but we also reg­u­lar­ly work with finan­cial, edu­ca­tion­al, insur­ance and oth­er experts. Unsub­stan­ti­at­ed, and unat­trib­uted attacks on the mem­bers of any of our expert com­mit­tees is unfair and uneth­i­cal, because these com­mit­tees work at our request to help us pro­tect our Dio­ce­ses, parish­es, monas­ter­ies and oth­er insti­tu­tions in the USA.

With respect to the Legal Risk and Com­pli­ance Com­mit­tee, we reg­u­lar­ly ask our lawyers (who vol­un­teer all of their time!) to iden­ti­fy and help devel­op canon­i­cal­ly per­mis­si­ble respons­es to the risks imposed by the mul­ti­ple legal sys­tems that our Church con­fronts in the Unit­ed States. The sole pur­pose of this com­mit­tee is to advise the Epis­co­pal Coun­cil and the Cen­tral Coun­cil with regard to strate­gies and actions that will pro­tect the Bish­ops, Cler­gy, Laity, and assets of the Dio­ce­ses of the Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church in the Unit­ed States. Rather than being attacked, we must all thank our lawyers for the count­less vol­un­teer hours they spend pro­tect­ing our Church! As the Church of Christ, we are in the House of God, but the build­ing of the House of God, which is the Church, is still in progress and continuing.

There­fore, we call on you, the faith­ful chil­dren of Saint Sava to:

REFRAIN from falling vic­tim to these decep­tive and ill-intend­ed inter­net “post­ings” and “e‑petitions”, and from becom­ing sig­na­to­ries; and

AVOID cir­cu­lat­ing or, God-for­bid, sign­ing your own name where you do not know the name of the author of an arti­cle (or a post­ing, or a doc­u­ment), or where you do not have per­son­al knowl­edge of the “facts”, which are put forth, nor the intend­ed end use of the peti­tion, of your sig­na­ture and of your con­tact information.

We fur­ther remind you that “peti­tion­ing” of any kind with­in the Holy Com­mu­ni­ty of God is in direct con­tra­dic­tion to canons, laws, teach­ings and church-hier­ar­chi­cal struc­ture of our Ser­bian Ortho­dox Church. More­over, a peti­tion is a mir­ror of the ethos and, in essence is a main­stay, of Protes­tantism and total­ly non-Ortho­dox in char­ac­ter. We again invite our Cler­gy and Laity to com­mu­ni­cate any and all con­cerns, sug­ges­tions or com­ment on any of the issues described above direct­ly to us, your Dioce­san Bish­ops. As the com­mu­ni­ty of the peo­ple of God in his­to­ry mov­ing on a path towards the Heav­en­ly King­dom, we con­tin­ue to embrace that open dia­logue with all.

Sep­tem­ber 7, 2019

Your inter­ces­sors before Christ,

LONGIN, Bish­op of New Gra­cani­ca-Mid­west­ern America
MAXIM, Bish­op of West­ern America
IRINEJ, Bish­op of East­ern America

Source: https://serborth.org/news_190908_1

Fate, Fortune and God’s Will

Fate, Fortune and God’s Will

A lec­ture by: Michael Prav­i­ca, Ph.D. Pro­fes­sor of Physics Uni­ver­si­ty of Neva­da Las Vegas

Abstract: In this talk, I will focus on the nature of probability/chance in a uni­verse dom­i­nat­ed by the Heisen­berg uncer­tain­ty prin­ci­ple, Fer­mi-Dirac and Bose (i.e. quan­tum) sta­tis­tics and the mean­ing of unique­ness as a human being/child of God. I will touch on the nature of free will via the quan­tum com­pass of the soul and how we must align our moral/spiritual com­pass­es to the Holy Spir­it to choose the order­ing field of love and uni­ty instead of the dis­or­der­ing field of chaos. Con­trary to the behav­ior of ordi­nary par­ti­cles such as elec­trons, God gives each of us a spe­cial unique­ness via this spir­i­tu­al com­pass (our soul) that tran­scends the laws of our phys­i­cal uni­verse, and thus, each of has a unique tra­jec­to­ry and pur­pose as we seek to ful­fill God’s Will.

Divine Litur­gy:
When: June 2, 2019, 1PM (after Liturgy)
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

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Pascha Celebration 2019

Pascha Celebration 2019

Come and cel­e­brate the Res­ur­rec­tion of our Lord and Sav­ior Jesus Christ! Ser­bian food and dancing.

Divine Litur­gy:
When: April 28, 2019, 10 AM — 12 PM
Where: Parish Cen­ter at 2148 Michel­son Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Ban­quet & Music:
When: April 28, 2019, 12 PM
Where: St. Mark Anti­ochi­an Ortho­dox Church at 17840 Sky Park Cir­cle, Irvine, CA 92614

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Message on the Commencement of Holy and Great Lent 2019

Message on the Commencement of Holy and Great Lent 2019

To the cler­gy, monas­tics and faith­ful of our God-pro­tect­ed Diocese

This Sun­day we look to for­give­ness as we enter the holy jour­ney of Great Lent. For­give­ness is tru­ly a “break­through” of the King­dom into this fall­en world. The Church gives us the gift of Great Lent so that we can find true renew­al in Christ. Only a repen­tant heart is on the path to the return to uni­ty and love.

As the sacred hymnog­ra­phy of the Church urges us, all the ascetic elements—fasting, absti­nence, fru­gal­i­ty, restric­tion of per­son­al desires, intense prayer, alms­giv­ing, and confession—are essen­tial to the peri­od of Great Lent. They are pre­con­di­tions for our Eucharis­tic com­mu­nion with God and move­ment of love, and the reunion and har­mo­ny with oth­ers. Just as the sac­ri­fice on the Cross takes its mean­ing from the Res­ur­rec­tion, so all our Lenten effort find their ful­fill­ment in Holy Communion.

How­ev­er, for all too many today, the fast is only iden­ti­fied with eat­ing cer­tain foods and avoid­ing cer­tain oth­ers. This has unfor­tu­nate­ly annulled the oth­er impor­tant fasts which are found in the tra­di­tion of our faith and which demon­strate the cre­ative nature of Chris­t­ian fast­ing. In our tra­di­tion, we find four types of fast­ing: a com­plete abstain­ing from food, abstain­ing from food until mid-after­noon; eat­ing less in order to save mon­ey for the pur­pose of alms­giv­ing, and abstain­ing not from food, but from one’s favorite activ­i­ties. What mat­tered was the rea­son for fast­ing, not its dura­tion, which was direct­ly depen­dent on that rea­son. Also, the real mean­ing of fast­ing lay not in the type of food, but on absti­nence. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, very often, deli­cious and lux­u­ri­ous foods are wel­comed by some as a form of fast­ing, pro­vid­ed they do not con­tain the pro­hib­it­ed non-lenten ingre­di­ents. With such prac­tices, wealthy Chris­tians are enabled to be iden­ti­fied as good, for they can “fast” for months on end by eat­ing var­i­ous types of expen­sive meals, while poor­er Chris­tians are not so, for they can­not afford such expen­sive cuisine.

Anoth­er quandary for our actu­al under­stand­ing of fast­ing is the real­i­ty of those who iden­ti­fy as veg­e­tar­i­ans and veg­ans. What shall the Church sub­scribe to the vast num­ber of those who nev­er eat meat any­way? Accord­ing to Church rules con­cern­ing fast­ing, such peo­ple already fast all the time. So, our cur­rent under­stand­ing of fast­ing deprives them of the pos­si­bil­i­ty to be, from time to time, engaged in this com­mon lenten ini­tia­tive of the Church, because the Church already views them as fast­ing from par­tic­u­lar foods all the time.

There­fore, in invit­ing you to the “opened are­na of virtues” from our Epis­co­pal seat, I want to encour­age you this year, as you fast, to prac­tive benev­o­lence in the form of alms­giv­ing. This is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to reach out to oth­ers with the very love of Christ in con­crete ways as for exam­ple, alms­giv­ing to the poor and those in need. In this case, true fast­ing (Lent) will become the oppo­site of pleonex­ia (greed, avarice), i.e., an inhu­man approach which leads the con­tem­po­rary glob­al com­mu­ni­ty into a spir­i­tu­al crisis.

May His grace be with you dur­ing these cel­e­brat­ed sea­sons and feast.

Giv­en this Day of For­give­ness March 10th, 2019 at Alham­bra, California

With love and bless­ings in Christ,

Bish­op Maxim

Serbian New Year 2019

Serbian New Year 2019

When? Jan­u­ary 12, 2019 — Cock­tail at 8pm, Din­ner at 9pm
Where? St. Mark Anti­ochi­an Ortho­dox Church at 17840 Sky Park Cir, Irvine, CA 92614
Music? Pagani­ni Band, Cana­da

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New Year Child $10
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Nativity Lent 2018 Message from Bishop Maxim

Nativity Lent 2018 Message from Bishop Maxim

Dear Broth­ers and Sisters,

As we are enter­ing Nativ­i­ty Lent, the Church invites us to observe the fast to the best of your abil­i­ty, in order to par­take of the great cos­mo­genic real­i­ty of Christ’s Incarnation.

Fast­ing is a great spir­i­tu­al endeav­or and the fore­most expres­sion of the Ortho­dox ascetic ide­al. Accord­ing to Basil the Great, fast­ing is as old as human­i­ty itself; it was pre­scribed in paradise.

For this rea­son, the Church has always pro­claimed the great sig­nif­i­cance of fast­ing for our spir­i­tu­al life and sal­va­tion. This dis­ci­pline is there not just as a sea­son­al diet but is a guide to curb oth­er harm­ful aspects of our lives so that we may devel­op a vir­tu­ous life.

I invite you, beloved ones, with the guid­ance of your parish priest, to strive to observe the fast as well as one can, “repeal­ing bad habits and replac­ing them with virtues.”

May our Lord grant to you and your loved ones a blessed and peace­ful Nativ­i­ty lent.

With Love in Christ,
Bish­op Maxim