Thank you for your love and happiness that we all shared here in South Florida last Saturday. It was very nice to see all the people happy and united during the lifting of holy cross and the central dome approximately 12 tons of weight at 25-foot elevation. People were hugging and kissing each other and taking the pictures in the front of central dome and all equipment.
On Friday evening, January 23rd, His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan was greeted at the airport by St. Simeon Orthodox Church parish priest Protojerej Svetozar Veselinovich, executive church board president Mr. Predrag Vaskrsic, Ex-president Ratko Kravljanac and parishioner Nenad Milosevic. At the St.Simeon Church hall, the Bishop joined parishioners for most cordial dinner. After dinner the parishioners had opportunity to ask some questions regarding our Holy Orthodox Faith, which His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan eloquently answered. We all enjoyed conversation with our Bishop.
On Saturday morning, January 24, His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan was greeted at our church by children dressed in national customs presenting Him with flowers, followed by Holy Hierarchical Liturgy assisted by parish priest Protojerej Svetozar Veselinovich, retired priest Protojerej-stavrophor Lazar Kostur and guest clergy Fr. Dragan Zaric from St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Clearwater, Fr. Ljubisa Brnjos from St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in Orlando and Fr. Silvious from Romanian Orthodox Church in Hollywood with the help in the Altar by Jakon Panayiotis Mesaros and Branko Jovanovic. The St. Simeon Church Choir sang the responses and the church was overfilled with joyful worshippers. Kuma for the Consecration was Mrs. Jagoda Sokolovic.
Following the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan with the clergy officiated the Consecration of the Cross on the central dome for the new church. Bishop Mitrophan delivered a most inspiring sermon. His Grace recognized previous serving priests and all hard working men and women in this parish and He extended his sincere congratulations to the parish priest and to all faithful, on this momentous celebration.
The Festive Banquet for this occasion was prepared by the dedicated sisters of the Kolo, under the presidency of Protinica Andja Veselinovic, special thanks to families of Franovich, Semiz, Mihajlovic, Kravljanac, Matorcevic and Kostic who participated in food preparation and event organization. Following the outstanding performance of the wonderful Folklore Group Balkan, Miami, Florida, congratulatory speeches and presentations of awards, His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan once again extended his best wishes and congratulations, and reiterated his gratitude for the hospitality.
With God's help the church is to be completed till the end of the year. We are building the church without loan or debts, every task is scheduled and paid by donations of parishioners and voluntary work. We all are going to keep warm memory of love and unity from the event and we need to keep it for the many years to come. We wish you all to pray together under the cross that was lifted yesterday and enjoy every moment in our new church.