His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, paid a visit to the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on August 25th, 2014.
High representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church were welcomed at the airport by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch, and protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, head of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade.
The consecration of the newly-elected Bishop of Toplica will take place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 31 August 2014. The proclamation will be performed the previous day, on August 30th.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will celebrate the solemn Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of many Bishops.
Biography of new-elected Bishop of Toplica Archimandrite Arsenije (Glavcic)
The new-elected Bishop of Toplica Arseny (Glavcic), Vicar Bishop of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, was born on March 10, 1978 in Vrsac, as Milomir Glavcic.
He finished primary school in his birthplace in 1993, and from there, upon the blessing of the then Bishop Hrizostom (Stolic) of Banat, attended the Seminary of Saint Sava in Belgrade and finished it successfully in 1998. Upon the blessing of Bishop Hrizostom, he immatriculated the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. During his studies he attended twice the Puskin Institute in Moscow to improve his Russian, in 1999 and 2000.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Internal Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate, today, on 25 August 2014.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Liturgy in the church dedicated to Saint John of Shanghai, and in the memory of the warriors of the Battle of Cer hundred years ago.
In early morning hours a great number of believers from all directions were going to the Cer mountain in order to celebrate a great feast day of the Lord - the Transfiguration, with the solemn Liturgy. The faithful welcomed the Patriarch, who came accompanied by Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac.
During the week of 11-16 August 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities—IOCC, working with the Red Cross of Kraljevo and on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church, initiated a reconstruction programme in Kraljevo, in Grdica Village. This affected local population largely consists of those exiled from their native Kosovo. In 2010 they were near devastated by the earthquake and now are attempting to rebuild their homes and lives following the spring floods of 2014.
The decisive stage of the Battle of Cer, which ended as the first major Allied victory in World War I - and one that was won by the Serbian forces - took place in the night between August 15 and 16, 1914.
The fact that tiny Serbia managed to defeat the Austro-Hungarian troops so comprehensively at Cer despite being at a great disadvantage in every sense was met with shock and disbelief in Vienna and Berlin, as well as with jubilation among the Allies, and Serbia's reputation grew unexpectedly.