"Gracanica" Serbian Orthodox Church

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Posted on November 25, 2020 at 11:45 PM

Psalms of hope during the Pandemic


In Psalm 41 we see that it is written by someone who has experienced the presence of God in the Temple in Jerusalem; he remembers the excitement of being close to God through His temple, and it creates a deep ache and a sense of loss because he is not there any more:


Psalm 41 (42)


As the deer longs for the springs of waters,


So my soul longs for You, O God.


3 My soul thirsts for the living God;


When shall I come and appear before the face of God?


4 My tears w ere m y bread day and night,


When they said to m e each day, “Where is y our God?”


5 I remembered these things, and poured out m y soul within me;


For I shall enter the place of the wondrous tabernacle, even the house of God,


To celebrate a festival with a voice of great joy and praise.


6 Why are you so sad, O my soul? And why do you trouble me?


Hope in God, for I will give thanks to Him;


My God is the salvation of my countenance.


We see that the writer is deeply depressed, but not despaired. The writer is thirsty for God, like a deer in the desert; he finds himself in tears twenty four hours a day; his memory of happier times makes him more sad, but also want God more. But, what the writer of the Psalm does is, he is engaging in an inner dialogue, in a prayer, and by doing that he is growing stronger: Why are you so sad, o my soul? Hope in God, for I will give thanks to Him.


Then, he remembers what it was being in the presence of God, or rather, he puts himself in the presence of God:




7 My soul within me was troubled;


Therefore I will remember You


From the land of the Jordan and Hermon,


From the small mountain.


8 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;


All Your waves and billows went over me.


9 By day the Lord shall command His mercy,


And by night His ode will be with me,


A prayer to the God of my life.


10 I will say to God, “You are my protector. Why have You forgotten me?


Why do I go about with a sad face w hen m y enemies afflict me?”


11 Those w ho afflict me revile me when they break my bones,


When they speak to me each day, saying, “Where is y our God?”


12 Why are you so sad, O my soul? And why do you trouble me?


Hope in God, for I will give thanks to Him.


My God is the salvation of my countenance.




He is long way away from Jerusalem – in the Land of Jordan or up on Mount Hermon. He knows that the Lord is always with him, and he can pray to the Lord, but he feels a long way away. Being challenged from all sides of life, and taunted by his enemies with the apparent lack of any evidence for the presence of God, nevertheless, he remains faithful to God, he longs to be back in Jerusalem where he can sense God’s presence and grace, where everyone is caught up with worship and adoration, but it is in times like this that he reminds himself of hope.




Psalm 42 (43)


Judge me, O God, and pass judgment in my cause against an unholy nation;


Deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.


2 For You, O God, are my strength;


Why do You cast me off?


Why do I go about with a sad face when my enemy afflicts me?


3 Send out Your light and Your truth;


They guided me and led me to Your holy mountain


And to Your tabernacles.


4 And I will come to the altar of God,


To the God who makes glad my youth;


I will give thanks to You with the lyre, O God, my God.


5 Why are you so sad, O my soul? And why do you trouble me?


Hope in God, for I will give thanks to Him;


My God is the salvation of my countenance.




The writer appears powerless in his own eyes and before his enemies, and God seems to have abandoned him. It is at his lowest point that he turns to pray the greater prayer (42:3): the prayer for God’s light and truth to come and find him, to lead him back to the very presence of God so that he can praise God once more. Light and truth is what you need not only when your intellect is curious and needs stimulating, but when your whole being is lost, downcast, depressed, thirsty for God.




We now know that it is the faith and cry like the one of the Psalmist that led to God’s dwelling among us, His Resurrection, and the ultimate comfort through His Holy Spirit, Who is the Comforter and the Spirit of Truth! We know that God is with us!


In these trying times of the Corona Virus, we too are invited to exclaim with the Psalmist: Why are you so sad, O my soul? Hope in God, for I will give thanks to Him.

Information Regarding Church Services during CODID-19 Pandemic

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 11:00 PM

Dear brothers and sisters,




In consideration of the recent situation regarding the spread of the COVID 19 virus, according to the instructions of the institutions qualified for infection control, and upon the blessing of His Grace, the Bishop of Canada, Kyr Mitrofan, we are informing you that in the upcoming period the Gracanica Church, in Windsor, will continue with regular worship and prayer for all, and on behalf of all of you, our parishioners, but only in the presence of the two priests.


Bearing in mind that each family, particularly now, should be a "home church". We ask all of you, throughout this time of temptation and necessity, to remain in your homes and to practice your personal and family prayers to the Lord for the salvation of mankind. Also, in order to remain in spiritual unity with one another as a community, we will make our best effort to transmit all services, in both of our churches, live through our social networks, in order that all of you can take part in worship through modern means of communication.




Schedule of Live streaming services from our churches


Sunday, April 26th, 2020 10am, DIVINE LITURGY

Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 10am, DIVINE LITURGY

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 10am, ST. GEORGE THE GREAT DIVINE LITURGY

Sunday, May 10th, 2020 10am, DIVINE LITURGY

Sunday, May 17th, 2020 10am, DIVINE LITURGY


Sunday, May 23th, 2020 10am, DIVINE LITURGY


Thursday, May 28th, 2020 10am, ASCENSION DIVINE LITURGY


Sunday, May 31st, 2020 10am, DIVINE LITURGY




Therefore, for the time being, the regular worship and prayer life of our churches continues, but without the physical presence of believers. We kindly ask that you send the names of your loved ones to the following contacts for prayerful remembrance at Proskomidia to fr.vladimirv@gmail.com. These measures will remain in effect until further notice. God willing, moving forward, we will notify you of further steps in a timely manner.


Драга браћо и сестре,




Имајући у виду новонасталу ситуацију у вези са ширењем вируса COVID 19, према инструкцијама надлежних институција за сузбијање инфекције а по благослову Преосвећеног Епископа канадског господина др Митрофана, обавештавамо вас да ће се у будуће у цркви Грачаници, обављати редовна богослужења и молитве за све вас, наше парохијене, али само у присуству свештеника. Подсећајући све наше парохијане да је свака породица „црква у малом“, молимо све вас да у овом времену искушења, останете у својим кућама и да своје личне молитве за спасење људског рода, узнесете ка Господу. Такође, како би остали у духовном јединству једни са другима, потрудићемо се да све службе у обе наше цркве, преносимо уживо преко наших друштвених мрежа, тако да сви можете путем савремених средстава комуникације на овај начин узети учешћа у богослужењу.




Распоред Богослужења:




Недеља, 26. април-10:00- Св. Литургија


Недеља, 03. мај-10:00- Св. Литургија

Среда, 06. мај-10:00- Ђурђевдан Св. Литургија


Недеља, 10. мај-10:00- Св. Литургија


Недеља, 17. мај-10:00- Св. Литургија


Недеља, 23. мај-10:00- Св. Литургија


Четвртак, 23. мај-10:00- Спасовдан Св. Литургија


Недеља, 31. мај-10:00- Св. Литургија




Дакле, редовни богослужбени и молитвени живот наших цркава се наставља, али без присуства верника. Молимо вас да имена ваших вољених за молитвено помињање на Светим Литургијма шаљете на емаил адресу fr.vladimirv@gmail.com.


Ове мере остају на снази до даљњег. О даљим корацима ћемо вас обавестити накнадно.





Message from Gracanica Church Board President, Vladimir Pribojan

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 11:00 PM

Everything we say as Orthodox, we do with conviction, honour and honesty.


Brothers and sisters, today I address you as President of the Church Board with love and care.




To all Christians and Orthodox confessions, the Serbian people, Patriarch Irinej, bishops, priests, monks, diaconates, and our brothers who defend our Serbian homeland.






We live in a time full of challenges and trials. I would like Easter to be a holiday that symbolizes hope and faith for the future of our real values. To direct our focus to our families, friends, love, peace and harmony. Doing good for others is the best way to do good for ourselves. Our community is built on good relationships and the hard work of our elderly with genuine attention and care. It will continue to prosper as we continue to come together, shoulder to shoulder with our brothers and sisters for future generations. This work is embedded deep in the history of our Church Gracanica that we must follow. The risen Lord defeated the invincible, and each of our own diligent, conformist and persistence can win all problems that seem unresolved. With the help of our mother Church, I'm confident that we will continue to persevere.




Let Easter in our homes bring good health, happiness and the joy of living. Let it show us the way of salvation for all trials we have been through and let it surround us with the ones we hold closest to our hearts. May you feel the hope of new beginnings during this joyful Easter holiday and may your life be full of blessings.




Yours truly,

Vladimir Pribojan

Serbian Orthodox Church “GRACANICA”



From the Serbian Center, HRISTOS VOSKRESE!

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 10:55 PM

Community Members – The Serbian Centre needs our help during these difficult times.


Please join us in writing the stories future generations will tell and consider giving $50 for the future of the Serbian Centre.




Give $50 per person, $50 per family, whatever is in your heart to give will help us establish some certainty, amidst so much uncertainty.


When sending your contribution, please send a picture of yourself, or family, be as creative as you wish. It can be a video, saying “I am the future of the Serbian Centre” Or holding a sign saying the same. We look forward to seeing all the familiar community faces and sharing them on Facebook as they come in. For those that are harder to reach because of social distancing, perhaps your parents or grandparents, consider going to take a picture of them on their front porch or in their front window if they would like to take part.


We believe in our community, and this Easter weekend we encourage you to share the beautiful stories that you have from our Church and our Community Centre with your families.






Click the following link to submit your information should you choose to contribute.


Serbain Centre Contribution Form




To view our fundraising video, click the image


Please share it with your friends and family.



Posted on April 20, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Out of an abundance of caution regarding the coronavirus, the Serbian Centre Board of Directors and Management along with Teta Djuja and her family have agreed to postpone the luncheon that was scheduled for this Sunday March 15th until further notice.

The health and safety of our community members, Serbian Centre staff and other guests is our top priority, and for that reason postponing Sunday’s event is the most responsible thing we can do at this time.

Please help us by informing others who may not receive this message online, of our decision.

Notice will be sent out to the community when the event is rescheduled, sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


Daniel Dobrich, General Manager

Serbian Centre Catering and Events Facility


Posted on October 8, 2019 at 10:55 AM

Continuing with the maintenance and upkeep of our Gracanica Church, more renovations and upgrades were recently completed.

The Bell Tower restoration, in it’s second week, had a few rainy days and wind disruptions which delayed the completion until Friday. This week, repairs to the lower copper roofing will commence.

Those who attended services this weekend, saw other repairs and renovations which were completed. The parking lot was completely overhauled, repaved and new lines painted, while the grass area was cleared and gravel placed. The lamp posts and railing around the church were also painted.

Thank you to all those who gave their time, efforts and support to help with repairs around the church. We are blessed to have so many parishioners who volunteer their time working towards the betterment of our Gracanica Church and Community.




Posted on September 5, 2019 at 12:25 AM

У среду 28. августа, на празник Успенија Пресвете Богородице, Његово Преосвештенство Епископ канадски г. Митрофан посетио је верни народ Виндзора поводом храмовне славе виндзорске Грачанице. Том приликом је служио свету архијерсјеку Литургију, а саслуживали су му протојереј-ставрофор Божо Бакјалић, протојереј-ставрофор Раде Обсеница, протојереј-ставрофор Џорџ Сандулеску (румунска црква;), протојереј Џон Ајуб (антиохијска црква;), протојереј Евангелос Аравантинос (грчка црква;), као и протонамесник Владимир Вранић, парохијски свештеник при виндзорској Грачаници. На велику радост домаћина и народа у Виндзору, литургијској прослави присуствовао је и господин Василије Петковић, Генерални конзул Републике Србије у Торонту.

Пред сам почетак св. Литургије, Његово Пресовештенство је рукопроизвео у чин чтеца господина Брајана Пејна, што је био дирљив и јединствен чин за многе присутне, тим пре што је ово први пут да се у Виндзору обави чин било пострижења, било рукополагања у било који свештени степен. Нада је да ће не само лепота овога чина, већ и саме свештене службе, бити за пример и будућим генерацијама са ових простора да своја интересовања усмеравају ка служби Богу кроз Његову Цркву.

Посебну радост овога величанственог дана су чинила деца која су дословце испунила олтар али и читав храм. Велики број деце и вернога народа се причестио и на достојан и најлепши начин дочекао и прославио овај велики празник.

По заамвоној молитви литијски је сачињен трократни опход око храма, а по повратку у храм Његово Преосвештенство је пререзао славски колач и освештао жито. Сваке године заједница при виндзорској Грачаници жели да истакне најпримерније верне у Цркви, а ове године је благослов призван на кумове овогодишње Славе, Јована и Зорку Брујић. Нарочита радост је у томе што је целокупна породица Брујић била присутна и узела активног учешћа у прослављању овог великог дана за наш храм и нашу заједницу. Унуке кумова славе Надиа и Илеана су дивно прочитале апостол на српском и на енглеском. По дивном обичају, кумови овог великог празника за прошлу годину Јован и Јања Урукало, као и за следећу годину Груја и Јагода Стеванов, били су присутни у храму уз овогодишње кумове Јована и Зорку Брујић. Нека Господ милостиво излије благослов на њих, јер млађим поколењима постављају диван пример љубави према богослужењу, Цркви и заједници.

По отпусту, Владика Митрофан се обратио надахнутом беседом поучавајући о величини данашњег празника, али и чудесној личности и значају Пресвете Богодорице, нарочито њене улоге као мајке у нашим животима. Уследила је затим, по први пут у храму, додела диплома завршним ученицима црквене школе при виндзорској Грачаници, уз благослов Владике Митрофана, уз поруку да је нада изузетних и веома посвећених учитеља при црквеној школи, да ће управо овај благослов данашњег дана увек имати у својим мислима и да ће гледајући диплому увек знати где су духовно стасавали и где су им духовни и верски корени. Уз дипломе ове године ђаци су добили и по један крст, благослов из Манастира Крке, које је посебно за ову прилику донела Јања Урукало током свога поклоничког путовања у старом крају.

У вечерњим сатима уприличен је традиционални славски банкет, истинска трпеза љубави, у Српском центру. На опште одушевљење, опет по први пут ове године, програм су отворили ученици којма је додељена диплома за успешно похађање и завршетак црквене школе. У својим дирљивим говорима они су истакли своја позитивна искуства која су имали у црквеној школи, што је био и својеврстан позив њиховим млађим другарима, али и родитељима да не пропусте прилику да буду део ове важне установе. Програм је достојанствено водила Тина Дукић, а овом приликом уприличена су и краћа пригодна обраћања: председника црквено-школске општине при виндзорској Грачаници господина Владимира Прибојана, овогодишњих кумова господина Јована и госпође Зорке Брујић, господина Василија Петковића, Генералног конзула Републике Србије у Торонту, као и протонамесника Владимира Вранића. Затим је док је реч узео и Преосвећени Владика Митрофан још једном подсећајући на значај празника Мајке Божје и благосиљајући овај и сваки благочестиви скуп у име Божје и славу и част светих Његових.

Значајно је поменути да је из штампе изашла књига поводом 50-годишњице парохије. Копија је додељена Преосвећеном Владики Митрофану, господину Василију Петковићу, Генералном конзулу РС у Торонту, као и Управним одборима црквено-школских општина у Виндзору Грачаница и Св. Димитрије.

После банкета уследио је позив свима присутнима да посете тек отворену изложбу поводом 800-годишњице аутокефалије Српске Православне Цркве у организацији Музеја рпског наслеђа у Виндзору, јединог српског музеја те врсте на овим просторима.

Овом приликом желимо да заблагодаримо Богу најпре на милости Његовој и свим даровима свише, али и свима који су својим присуством увеличали радост наше заједнице, а самим тим и улепшали прославу храмовне Славе у част Пресвете Богородице.

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протонамесник Владимир Вранић


On Wednesday, August 28, on the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Grace Dr. Mitrofan Bishop of Canada visited the faithful in Windsor on the occasion of Gracanica Windsor’s church Slava. On this occasion he served the Holy Pontifical Liturgy together with Protopresbyter-Stavrofor Božo Bakajlić, Protopresbyter-Stavrofor Rade Obsenica, Protobresbyter-Stavrofor George Sandulescu (Romanian Church), Protopresbyter John Ayub (Antiochian Church), Protopresbyter Evangelos Aravantinos (Greek Church) as well as Protonamesnik Vladimir Vranic, the parish priest at Gracanica Windsor. To the great joy of the host and the people in Windsor, the liturgical celebration was also attended by Mr. Vasilije Petković, Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto.

Just before the beginning of the Holy Liturgy Mr. Brian Payne was ordained by His Grace into the rank of reader, which was a touching and unique act for many in attendance, all the more so as it was the first time in Windsor to perform the act of tonsuring or ordaining to any ecclesiastical level. The hope is that not only the beauty of this act, but also the sacred service itself, will be exemplary for future generations from this region to direct their interests to the service of God through His Church.

The special joy of this magnificent day was the children who literally filled the altar and the whole church. A great number of children and the faithful received Holy Communion and welcomed and celebrated this great holiday in a dignified and beautiful way.

After the Ambon Prayer there was a Traditional Procession of three turns around the Church and upon returning into the Church, His Grace cut the Slava Kolach and blessed the Zito (wheat). Each year, the congregation at Gracanica Windsor wants to highlight the most exemplary believers in the Church, and this year the blessing has been bestowed upon the sponsors (kumovi) of this year's Slava, John and Zorka Brujić. There was particular joy in that the entire Brujić family was present and took an active part in celebrating this great day for our Church and our community. The granddaughters of the sponsors (kumovi) of the Church Slava, Nadia and Ileana read the Epistle beautifully in Serbian and English. According to the wonderful custom, the sponsors of this great holiday for last year Jovan and Janja Urukalo, as well as for the following year Gruja and Jagoda Stevanov, were present in the Church with this year's sponsors Jovan and Zorka Brujić. May the Lord graciously pour out a blessing on them for they set a wonderful example of love for worship, the Church and the community to younger generations.

After the Dismissal, Bishop Mitrofan delivered an inspiring sermon teaching about the magnitude of today's holiday, but also the marvelous personality and importance of the Most Holy Mother of God, especially her role as a mother in our lives. This was followed, for the first time in the Church, by the awarding of diplomas to the graduates of the Gracanica Windsor Church School, with the blessing of Bishop Mitrofan, and with the message that it is the hope of exceptional and very dedicated teachers at the church school that the students will always have in their thoughts this blessing today and that looking at their diplomas they will always know where they have grown up spiritually and where their spiritual and religious roots are. In addition to their diplomas this year, the students each received one cross, Blessing from the Krka Monastery, which was specially brought back and donated for this occasion by Janja Urukalo from her travels in the Old Country.

In the evening, there was a traditional Slava banquet, a true table of love, at the Serbian Center. To general delight, again for the first time this year, the program was opened by the students who were awarded diplomas for successful attendance and graduation from the Church School. In their touching speeches, they emphasized the positive experiences that they had in Church School, which was a kind of invitation to their younger friends and parents not to miss the opportunity to be part of this important institution. The program was led with dignity by Tina Dukić, and on this occasion there were also brief appropriate speeches by: the President of the Gracanica Windsor church-school congregation Mr. Vladimir Pribojan, this year's sponsors Mr. Jovan and Mrs. Zorka Brujić, the Consul General of the Republic of Serbia in Toronto Mr. Vasilije Petković and Protonamesnik Vladimir Vranić. Afterwards while the Reverend Bishop Mitrofan took the floor, he once again recalled the significance of the feast of the Mother of God and blessed this and every blessed assembly in the name of God and the glory and honor of His saints.

It is important to note that a book has been released in print on the occasion of the parish's 50th anniversary. A copy was given to the Reverend Bishop Mitrofan, Mr. Vasilije Petković, Consul General of the RS in Toronto, as well as to the Boards of the Church-School Congregations in Windsor of Gracanica and Sv. Dimitrije.

The banquet was followed by an invitation to all attendees to visit the newly-opened exhibition marking the 800th anniversary of the Autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Serbian Heritage Museum in Windsor, the only Serbian museum of its kind in the area.

On this occasion, we would like to thank God first for His mercy and for all the gifts and more, but also to all who, by their presence, have magnified the joy of our community, and thus have beautified the celebration of the Church Slava in honor of the Most Holy Mother of God.

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We pray to the Lord Giver of all goodness to always look graciously upon our community and upon all people of good will, with the prayers of His Most Holy Mother and of all the saints.

Protonamesnik Vladimir Vranić





Posted on July 16, 2019 at 10:35 AM

It is our great joy to share with you that the replacement of the entire church carpeting, and at the same time, a rather complex process of refurbishing the main church doors have begun. We owe immense gratitude to our selfless and generous donors who made this possible. Glory be to God for all things!


Cа радошћу желимо да поделимо са вама да су отпочети процеси замене свих тепиха у нашем храму, и у исто време захтевне рестаурације главних улазних врата. Огромну захвалност дугујемо несебичним и великодушним приложницима који су ове подухвате и омогућили. Слава Богу за све!



Posted on July 16, 2019 at 10:30 AM

Glory be to God, the necessary repairs on the church bell tower have begun. We are very grateful to Mirko Vranesevic, Stanko Bezarevic, Nikola Zubic, Milan Pecarski and Nikola Gacesa for dedicating their time and expertise today so that very important major work can begin faster than originally planned. May the blessing of the Lord be upon them and their loved ones through the prayers of Sts. Peter and Paul as we prayerfully celebrate their feast.


С Божјом помоћи, неопходне оправке на звонику цркве су отпочете. Веома смо захвални Мирку Вранешевићу, Станку Безаревићу, Николи Зубићу, Милану Пецарском и Николи Гаћеши што су посветилу своје време и умеће како би важан посао могао бити обављен данас, много брже од планираног. Нека би благослов Божји био на њима и њиховим највољенијима, молитвама светих апостола Петра и Павла чији и празник молитвено прослављамо.


Posted on April 6, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We are already in the fourth week of the Great and Holy Lent. This is a gentle reminder that the schedule of the church services for the month of April and Easter can be found on our church's website, or you may obtain a hard copy next time you come for a service. We urge you to try to attend as many services as possible, so that you may be with your Lord during the days, as He, voluntarily, is undergoing suffering on the Cross so that, with Him, you may also enter into the joy of His and our Resurrection.

We use this opportunity to invite all our church school children and their parents to take part in the great Feast of the resurrection of Lazarus (Lazarus' Saturday) and the royal entry of Christ into Jerusalem.

Lazarus' Saturday, or Vrbica, is celebrated the day before Palm Sunday, which always falls on the sixth week of the Great Lent. It is dedicated to the resurrection of the four-day Lazarus, and the entry of Christ to Jerusalem. At His entry, the children welcomed and greeted Him solemnly.

At Orthodox vesper services on this Holy day, young willow branches are brought into the church. After the blessing of the willow branches, the priest distributes these to the congregation, who form a procession with church banners, fans, and candles. The people then walk around the church three times singing the troparion of Lazarus' Saturday.

This holiday especially, is a holiday of children. For that day, the children come dressed in particularly nice clothes and wear bells around their necks attached to the three coloured ribbon or trobojka. Children rejoice and take part in the procession around the church. The blessed willow branches are brought home and placed next to the Slava icon and candle.

Voluntarily, with this holiday, the great Easter holidays begin.

Please, join us for this Great Feast and bring your children to welcome our Lord as He enters Jerusalem.