On Sunday, May 30th, 2010 in Greensboro, NC blessed was the St. Basil Serbian Orthodox Church. This event was attended by approximately fifty parishioners from Orlando.
As was expected, this occasion brought together several hundred Orthodox Christians from parishes all across the United States. The celebration begun on Saturday even, when Vigil was served. Presiding over this service was His Grace Bishop of Srem Vasilije, who came to visit our diocese. After the liturgy, a banquet was held in the hall of the Greek Orthodox church. Participating in this occasion were a chorus from the Russian Orthodox church in Boston, and children and speakers from parishes in Greensboro and Charlotte.
The following morning was when the Consecration of the newly built church took place. Participating in the Holy Litturgy were several bishops, priests, and deacons. Presiding was His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of Libertyville-Chicago, who was helped by Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Maxim of Western-American, and the host-bishop Dr. Mitrophan of Eastern-American diocese. Ten priests participated as well, and they included: Fr. Jovan Todorovic from Clearwater, Fr. Dragan Filipovic from Canton, Fr. Rodney Torbic from Carmichaels, Fr. Aleksandar Vlajkovic from Boston, Fr. Djokan Majstorovic from New York, Fr. Sava Majstorovic from Srpski Itebej, Fr. Milovan Katanic from Hermitage, Fr. Stanislav Kravljaca from Jacksonville, Fr. Ljubisa Brnjos, and Fr. Dragan Zaric, as well as two deacons: Fr. Dragoslav Kosic and Fr. Gavrilo Milkovich. During the liturgy, Fr. Dragan Zaric was ordained as Protopresbiter for his effort and service. Bishop Mitrophan expressed his appreciation for the selfless work and his missionary efforts Fr. Zaric provided in parishes in Florida, at the beginning of his service, and North Carolina, where he is still today. Following the Holy Liturgy, celebration continued on the church grounds, where our hosts prepared a rich program. Participating were our own folklore group Serbian Crown from Orlando, as well as a folklore group from Greensboro. Following this performance, the children from our parish presented our gift to the parish: a wooden semantron done by our parishioner Novak Milinkovic. The present was accepted by Fr. Dragan Zaric and Radovan Mrsic, the president of the executive board.
That night, our group began its journey back home to Orlando, with happiness in mind and home that we can soon return the favor, and be hosts during the blessing of our future St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church.
Photos from this occasion can be seen here: gallery 1, gallery 2, gallery 3.