Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!

Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!
Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!
Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!
Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity!

Let’s hug our Fatherland! Our strength is only in unity, Patriarch Irinej said at the State observance of the NATO aggression

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej spoke on March 24, 2019, in Nis at the beginning of the state ceremony marking the twentieth anniversary since the beginning of the NATO aggression upon Serbia.

Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression

Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression
Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression
Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression
Patriarch Irinej officiated Liturgy and memorial service for victims of the NATO aggression

On the second Sunday of Lent, 24 March 2019, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles in Nis with the concelebration of the Diocesan Bishop, His Grace Arsenije of Nis.

After the Divine Liturgy, the memorial service (panichida) for all those who had lost their lives during the inhumane NATO aggression in 1999 was served. The Cathedral church was full with the faithful.

Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO bombardment

The state ceremony of marking the Day of Remembrance of the victims of the NATO bombardment this year will be held in Nis, the city of great suffering during the NATO aggression in 1999. 

The memorial service to the suffered in the NATO aggression, which will be served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will be attended by the whole state leadership headed by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic as well as the highest representatives of the Republic of Srpska. The attacks of the NATO alliance which began pn 24 March 1999 lasted for 11 weeks and during them, according to estimates of different sources, between 1200 and 2500 died, while infrastructure, businesses, schools, medical institutions, media outlets, religious buildings, and cultural monuments were damaged. 

Metropolitan Porfirije received by Croatian Prime Minister Plenkovic

Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana visited the President of the Government of Republic of Croatia Mr. Andrej Plenkovic at Banski Dvori in Zagreb on 18 March 2019.

Prime Minister Plenkovic and Metropolitan Porfirije expressed a desire to continue dialogue and partnership between representatives of the Government and State institutions with representatives of Churches and religious communities in Croatia.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago

The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago

The first Sunday of Great Lent – the Sunday of Orthodoxy, was prayerfully and festively celebrated in Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago. 

Divine Liturgy was served by all of the parish priests: Archpriests Darko Spasojevic and Dobrivoje Milunovic and Priest Nikolaj Kostur. S.S.S. Branko Radichevich Choir, directed by Jelena Stojakovic, sang responses at the liturgy. Also, many servers participated in the Altar. After the Prayer behind the Ambo, the clergy, servers and a large number of children with icons in their hands participated in a procession, in that way showing the triumph of the true faith over heresies, schisms and all temptations which the Orthodox Church has encountered from the beginning to the end of the world.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Pogrom on Kosovo and Metohia

On the 17th of March 2019 it is 15 years since from the Kosovo and Metohija, in destructive attacks by Albanian extremists, 4,012 Serbs were expelled, most of them have not still returned to their homes.

In a wave of violence in Kosovo and Metohija 19 people were then killed, eight of them Serbs, while 11 Albanians were killed in the clash with members of the international security forces. At least 170 Serbs were injured as well as dozens of members of the international forces who clashed with local Albanians while protecting Serbs and their property. About 800 Serbian houses were destroyed and 35 religious shrines were burned, including 18 cultural monuments, among which the Church of Our Lady of the Levish in Prizren.

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

The Position of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the Church Crisis in Ukraine

Last November the Serbian Orthodox Church was the first among the autocephalous churches to officially react at the highest level, (i.e. the Holy Assembly of Bishops) to the intentions of His Holiness the Patriarch of Constantinople who, according to his own findings and in a self-willed manner wanted to “decide” and “resolve” the church problems in Ukraine as the “first without equals” (primus sine paribus) -  and not as the “first among equals” (primus inter pares) which is, in fact, the centuries-old Orthodox ecclesiological and canonical principle - and we pleaded with him not to do so, but rather that he, in fraternal dialogue with the Russian Orthodox Church and in consultation with the other Churches, actually help to resolve this crisis.