Nativity of the Theotokos

Commemorated September 8

The establishment of four major feast days to honour the Blessed Virgin Mary took place in the days of the apostolic era and have a significance in the Greek Orthodox Church which has remained unaltered through nearly twenty centuries of Christianity. The mother' of the Son of God is honoured on March 25, the day of Annunciation when the Archangel Gabriel told Mary she was to become the mother of Jesus Christ; the Repose of the blessed Virgin Mary on August 15; on November 21, the Entrance of the Blessed Theotokos to the Temple; and on February 2 when the Mother of God brought the infant Jesus to the temple for presentation forty days after His birth.

A fifth day of commemoration is celebrated on September 8, honouring the Virgin Mary on the day of her birth. This day was set aside by the Orthodox Church in the early first century, but not observed until the eighth century when Pope Sergios saw fit to join with the Orthodox during his reign which extended from A.D. 687 to 701. All of Christendom agreed on the date that the Virgin Mary was born, but for some reason the date was not an official feast day in the Roman sector for more than a third of the length of existence of the Christian Church.

University Award for a theological achievement

University Award for a theological achievement
University Award for a theological achievement
University Award for a theological achievement
University Award for a theological achievement

- I feel the Veselin Lucic Award as a full confirmation of the return of our Faculty of Theology into the framework of the Belgrade University system -  Mr. Vladislav Puzovic said.

The award of the Endowment of Veselin Lucic, which functions within the University of Belgrade, for the best scientific book of professors in  2017, i.e.  the monograph Russian Paths of the Serbian Theology, Education of Serbs at Russian Theological Academies 1849-1917, was handed over to Dr. Vladislav Puzovic, associate professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade, in the solemn hall of the Rectorate of the University of Belgrade on 11 September 2018.

His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Frankfurt and All Germany enthroned

His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Frankfurt and All Germany enthroned
His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Frankfurt and All Germany enthroned
His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Frankfurt and All Germany enthroned
His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Frankfurt and All Germany enthroned

His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Frankfurt and All Germany was enthroned in the church of Saint Sava in Dusseldorf on 16 September 2018.

His Grace Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac, the first Diocesan Bishop of that Serbian Orthodox Diocese, introduced Bishop Grigorije into the throne of Bishops of Frankfurt and All Germany. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was celebrated by fifteen bishops and hundreds of clergymen. Bishop Grigorije said in his enthronement speach that he was aware of the challenge that was facing him, and nevertheless, he pointed out his archpastoral duty to make the hosts closer to the rich Serbian culture and tradition.

Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren protested against the ban imposed on Arnaud Gouillon

Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren protested against the ban imposed on Arnaud Gouillon
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren protested against the ban imposed on Arnaud Gouillon
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren protested against the ban imposed on Arnaud Gouillon
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren protested against the ban imposed on Arnaud Gouillon

Arnaud Gouillon, the president of the humanitarian association "Solidarité Kosovo", which helps the Serbian Orthodox population in this region, gave the following details on his arrest:

"On Monday morning, September 10, while I was going to Kosovo to help in a humanitarian project, Albanian police arrested me at a checkpoint. They prevented me from continuing on my journey. Three hours after having detained me in their premises, they notified me that I was banned and could stay on the territory of Kosovo. No information was communicated to me on the legal basis, the criteria, and the process that led to this decision. In the absence of any clarification, this measure appears to me to be totally abusive, arbitrary and unjustified".

Patron’s feat- day of Alexander Nevsky Church

Patron’s feat- day of Alexander Nevsky Church
Patron’s feat- day of Alexander Nevsky Church
Patron’s feat- day of Alexander Nevsky Church
Patron’s feat- day of Alexander Nevsky Church

The Feast day of the Translation of the relics of Alexander Nevsky was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church dedicated to this great Russian saint on 12 September 2018 in Belgrade.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of the local clergy.

The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern

The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern
The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern
The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern
The Serbian Patriarch consecrated Sts. Cyril and Methodius church in Bern

The Serbian Orthodox Community in Bern as well as in the whole of Switzerland had an exquisite honour and the blessing to attend an historical event – consecration of the church of Saints Cyril and Methodius at Belp near Bern, the first ever built Serbian Orthodox Church in Switzerland on 2 September 2018.

On this occasion His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej paid a canonical visit to this church and officiated the so-called great consecration of the church with concelebration of Metropolitan Ignatije of France, Western and South Europe (Patriarchate of Antioch); Metropolitan Joseph of Western Europe (Romanian Patriarchate), Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, all the parish priests from the Hierarchal Deanery for Switzerland, as well as of priests and deacons from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Romanian Orthodox Church. After the church consecration the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was celebrated.

The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica

The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica
The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica
The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica
The Dormition of the Theotokos in Windsor - Slava of Windsor's Gracanica

His Grace Kyr Mitrofan Bishop of Canada visited the city of Windsor on the occasion of the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos – Slava of the glorious Gracanica of Windsor. On that occasion, His Grace served the Hierarchical Liturgy, with the concelebrating clergy Very Rev.  Jovica Cetkovic, parish priest at the St. Dimitrije in Windsor, and Rev. Vladimir Vranic.

The honorable people of Windsor welcomed their Hierarch with great joy and took part in the prayerful gathering, all to the glory of the Most Holy Theotokos, the heavenly intercessor of our celebrating church. Following the Liturgy, a traditional festal procession was done around the church, after which His Grace blessed the Slava cake and kolyvo, in the presence of this year’s Slava godfather Mr. Jovan Urukalo and godmother Mrs. Janja (Jean) Urukalo, whom we congratulate and express our gratitude to them. After the Liturgy His Grace addressed the faithful people in church about the significance of the Feast, but also about the example of diversity of service to God, found in the gospel account on Mary and Martha. A warm welcome on behalf of the entire community, and a gratitude for His Grace’s presence at Slava in Windsor, was expressed in the church by Fr. Vladimir Vranic.