The Holy Liturgy in the Church of St. Sava

On the occasion of the repose of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the memory church of St. Sava in Belgrade in Belgrade, while the body of Patriarch Irinej of blessed memory was laid in the centre of the large church.

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(photos by deacon Dragan S. Tanasijevic)

His Eminence Metropolitan Hrisostom of Dabro-Bosnia, presided over the Liturgy, with the concelebration of the Most Reverend Metropolitans of Volokolamsk Hilarion from the Moscow Patriarchate and Antony of Borispol and Brovary, from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate; His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and the Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan; His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana; Their Garces Bishops: Jovan of Sumadija, Irinej of Backa, Pahomije of Vranje, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Ilarion of Timok, Arsenij of Nis, Dimitrije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, Anthony of Moravica, Isihije of Mohács, Methodije of Diocleia, clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church and guests from other local Orthodox Churches, in the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Gregory of Düsseldorf and Germany, Stephen of Remesiana and Bishop emeritus Atnasije  of Zaholm-Herzegovinia. During the Holy Liturgy, His Grace Irinej, Bishop of Backa, held a sermon.

The highest representatives of the Serbian people from the homeland and all the regions where the Serbian people live attended the Funeral Rite of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej. The funeral Liturgy, Funeral Rite and Burial were attended by the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, Serbian Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister of the Serbian Government Ana Brnabic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovis, Minister of the Interior Aleksandar Vulin and other members of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Army General Milan Mojsilovic, Prime Minister-designate of Montenegro Zdravko Krivokapic, leaders of the Democratic Front of Montenegro Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic, Director of the Directorate for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic, members of the Crown Council, representatives of the highest cultural, scientific and public institutions, members of the diplomatic corps, Mufti of Belgrade Mustafa ef. Jusufspahic on behalf of the Islamic Community of Serbia, Apostolic Nuncio in Belgrade Archbishop Suriano Luciano, Roman-Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar, representatives of traditional Churches and religious communities in Serbia.

Immediately after the Divine Liturgy, the Funeral rite was performed, when the chairman of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia;  President of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk; principal of the Cathedral church of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, archpriest-staurophor Petar Lukic; President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Milorad Dodik, delivered speeches.

The Patriarch's body was then buried in the crypt of the Cathedral church of Saint Sava.

Members of the Serbian Army and Police, together with their people, honored the late Serbian Patriarch Irinej in the most dignified manner, thus confirming their unity with the Serbian Orthodox Church and testifying that together they are centuries-old, lasting and strongest pillars of the Serbian state. The Serbian Army guards carried the coffin with the body of the Patriarch of blessed memory and formed honorary lines both in front of the Cathedral and the Church of St. Sava.

A team of artists from the Russian Federation, headed by the prominent people’s artist Nikolai Muhin, who for years under the watchful eye of the Patriarch performed works on the interior decoration of the church of St. Sava, honored the Serbian Patriarch by their presence.

Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk arrived in Belgrade

His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfejev), of Volokolamsk, president of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, arrived in Belgrade on November 21, 2020.

The high guest was welcomed at the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport by the Most Reverend Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis.

Before having performed a panichida in front of the body of the deceased Patriarch Irinej of blessed memory in the church of Saint Sava in Vracar, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion met in the Serbian Patriarchate with the chairman of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Eminence Hrisostom of Dabar-Bosna. The reception was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Their Graces Bishops Jovan of Sumadija and David of Krusevac as well as by  Bishop Pahomije  of Vranje.

The Holy Liturgy and the Funeral Rite for the late Patriarch Irinej

On the occasion of the repose of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej of blessed memory, the requiem Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday, November 22, 2020, in the church of Saint Sava in Vracar, starting at 9 am. His Eminence Hrizostom, Metropolitan of Dabar-Bosnia, will preside over the service, with the concelebration of several hierarchs and clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church and guests from other local Orthodox Churches.

The First Belgrade Chanting Ensamble and the choir ‘Branko” from Nis will chant responses. During the Holy Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa will deliver a sermon.

In the continuation of the Holy Liturgy, a Funeral Rite will be served, after which the principal of the Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, Archpriest-Staurophore Petar Lukic, Metropolitan of Dabar-Bosnia Hrizostom, President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic and the Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Milorad Dodik, will  deliver speeches.

The Patriarch's body will be buried in the crypt of the Church of Saint Sava, Belgrade.

The Holy Liturgy for the Repose of Patriarch Irinej in the Belgrade Cathedral

In the Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, in front of the body of the Patriarch Irinej of blessed memory the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy  was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hrisostom of Dabar-Bosnia with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Jovan of Sumadija, David of Krusevac and Arsenij of Nis, in the prayerful presence of His Eminence Porfirije of Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana and His Grace Stefan of Remesiana, vicar ishop of the Serbian Patriarch.

There concelebrated Belgrade  Bishop’s deans: archpriest staurophores Branko Mitrovic, Branko Topalovic and Bozo Bakajlic,  then the principal of the Cathedral Church archpriest staurophore Petar Lukc and archdeacons Radomir Percevic, Stevan Rapajic and Damjan Bozic. With the sounds of the bells of the Cathedral, the procession, headed by a vehicle with the body of the Patriarch Irinej of blessed memory went towards the church of Saint Sava in Vracar.

The Holy Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday, November 22, 2020, in the church of Saint Sava in Vracar, starting at 9 am. Immediately after of the Holy Liturgy, the Funeral Rite will be served, and the body of the Patriarch will be buried in the crypt of the memory church of Saint Sava.

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The body of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej of blessed repose transferred from the Patriarchal Palace to the Belgrade Cathedral

The body of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej of blessed memory was transferred from the Patriarchal Palace  to the Belgrade Cathedral (photo gallery)

Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia, Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, Bishop David of Krusevac and Bishop Arsenije of Nis, in a prayerful presence of Bishop Stefan of Remesiana,  Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch, performed panichida for the repose of the Patriarch’s soul  in the Cathedral Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, in Belgrade on November 21, 2020.  The HolyLiturgy was celebrated in that Cathedral church just adfter the panichida.