V. Rev. Vasilije Sokolovic
(May 13, 1938 - October 10, 2015)
Very Reverend Vasilije Budimir Sokolovic, Orthodox priest of 45 years, retired from St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.Son of Holy Priestmartyr Saint Budimir of Dobrun and the late Protinica Desanka Sokolovic. He was the 42nd ordained priest in the Sokolovic lineage. Beloved husband of Protinica Zagorka “Zorine” (nee Vitkovich). Dear father of Mirjana (Milan) Damljanovic and Deacon Teodor (Tanja). Loving grandfather of Maksim, Makarije, Izabella, and Metodije. Dear brother of Mirjana (deceased) and Vladimir (Erika). Friend and Kumovi to many. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Sava Cathedral by clicking on the donate button below.
Hierarchical divine liturgy will be held on Friday, October 16 at 8:00 AM at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, 6306 Broadview Road, Parma, OH followed by funeral liturgy at 11:00 AM. His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan officiating. The V. Rev. Vasilije Sokolovic will lie in state at church on Thursday, October 15 from 3-8 PM. POMEN service 7:00 PM. Interment Monastery Marcha Serbian Orthodox Cemetery.
Serbian Orthodox Church
The Serbian Orthodox Church is an autocephalous, or ecclesiastically independent, member of the Orthodox communion. The Patriarch of Serbia serves as first among equals in his church; The current patriarch is His Holiness Irinej. The Church achieved autocephalous status in 1219 under the leadership of St. Sava, becoming independent Archeparchy of Žiča. Its status was elevated to that of a patriarchate in 14th century, and was known afterwards as the Patriarchate of Peć. This patriarchate was abolished by the Ottoman Turks in 18th century. The modern Serbian Orthodox Church was established in 1920 after the unification of the Patriarchate of Karlovci and the Metropolitanate of Belgrade.