Invitation to Join the Liturgical Choir for the Pan-Orthodox Glorification of St. Mardarije Sunday July 16, 2017 Hierarchical Liturgy
of the Right Rev. Bishop Longin
Serbian Orthodox Bishop of New Gracanica-Midwestern America
St. Sava Monastery, Libertyville IL Pokrov Monastery, Third Lake IL
5 March 2017
Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy
Dear Choir Director,
In May 2015, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church canonized St. Mardarije (Uskokovic), the first Serbian Orthodox Bishop of USA-Canada and the founder of St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, where his holy relics have reposed since his falling asleep in 1935.
The Episcopal Council, under the Presidency of our Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, has proclaimed that there will be a Pan-Orthodox Glorification of St. Mardarije, during the weekend of July 14-16, 2017 at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville. Over the three days, there will be a symposium, cultural program, youth and social activities and, of course, many church services, culminating with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday July 16, which will be presided over by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej. Hierarchical co-celebrants will include our Serbian Orthodox Hierarchs in the USA, Canada and South America, Hierarchs from our Serbian Lands and from Holy Rus (where St. Mardarije studied and lived) and Hierarchs from our sister Orthodox jurisdictions in the USA. Since there will be no local liturgical celebrations in the Midwest that day, we are expecting all of our Clergy and many Faithful, along with pilgrims from other Dioceses/jurisdictions. Please check the new St. Sava Monastery website, www.stsavamonastery.org, from time to time, as the details of the glorification celebration are posted by the organizational committee.
His Grace Bishop Longin has appointed Peter Jermihov (www.peterjermihov.com), a well-known conductor and Orthodox church musician, to lead the Liturgical Choir for this historic Sunday Hierarchical Liturgy. Bishop Longin has asked His Episcopal Choir to contact the choirs and choir directors of all of our Serbian Orthodox parishes in the Midwest to recommend singers for this special Liturgical Choir. Please send the names and email addresses of the singers that you have chosen to participate to the email below by or before Pascha/Easter, April 16. Thereafter, we will provide these singers with the sheet music, along with information regarding the rehearsal schedule, which will consist of three (3) Saturday practices.
Please lend your voice to the glorification of St. Mardarije, whose canonization is truly a blessing for all Orthodox Christians, especially for our Serbian Orthodox Church and for his beloved St. Sava Monastery!
With the Blessing of His Grace Bishop Longin and on Behalf of His Episcopal Choir,
Marya Savich Milicich, Director
Mobile: (847) 770-2705