The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre

The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre
The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre
The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre
The Ceremony marking the completion of the restoration project of the Sacred Edicule of The Holy Sepulchre

On Wednesday morning, 9th/22nd March 2017, the ceremony marking the completion of the restoration and rehabilitation of the Sacred Edicule of the Holy Sepulchre took place in front of the Sacred Edicule.

This project began one year ago, by the initiative of Jerusalem Patriarchate and the agreement among the Christian Communities, the Franciscans and the Armenians; the research study and the work were undertaken by the Interdisciplinary Team of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.) under the coordination of Professor Mrs. Antonia Moropoulou.

First Canonical visit of Bishop Irinej to St. George in Lorain, OH

First Canonical visit of Bishop Irinej to St. George in Lorain, OH
First Canonical visit of Bishop Irinej to St. George in Lorain, OH
First Canonical visit of Bishop Irinej to St. George in Lorain, OH
First Canonical visit of Bishop Irinej to St. George in Lorain, OH

By God's mercy, on the third Sunday of Great Lent, dedicated to the Adoration of Holy Cross and the 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, our newly enthroned hierarch, His Grace the Rt. Rev. Bishop Irinej, paid his first canonical visit to the parish of St.George in Lorain, Ohio. 

His Grace was welcomed by the clergy and children of the Lorain parish who presented red and white roses as a gift of their love to their bishop. Before the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy began, His Grace brought the beautifully decorated Cross from the altar to middle of the Church so everyone could venerate it.

Russian Ambassador received in audience by Serbian Patriarch

Russian Ambassador received in audience by Serbian Patriarch
Russian Ambassador received in audience by Serbian Patriarch
Russian Ambassador received in audience by Serbian Patriarch
Russian Ambassador received in audience by Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Alexander Chepurin, Russian Ambassador to Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 23 March 2017.

Ambassador Chepurin expressed gratitude to the Primate of  the Serbian Orthodox Church for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of life of people in Serbia and Russia. Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked His Excellency for the visit and the love of our people, wishing him blessings from the Lord and a full success in his future work.

Conference of clergy in Kosovska Mitrovica

Conference of clergy in Kosovska Mitrovica
Conference of clergy in Kosovska Mitrovica
Conference of clergy in Kosovska Mitrovica
Conference of clergy in Kosovska Mitrovica

His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, officiated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the Church of St. Demetrius in Kosovska Mitrovica on 22 March 2017.

After the Divine Liturgy and the Hierarch’s sermon addressed to the congregation, a brotherly meeting of the clergy of the Mitrovica and the Novi Pazar deanaries of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren was held. At the meeting current issues related to the pastoral ministry of the clergy  were discussed.

Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service in Cleveland

Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service in Cleveland
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service in Cleveland
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service in Cleveland
Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service in Cleveland

On Saturday, March 18th, His Grace Bishop Irinej, together with many clergy from the Cleveland Deanery, led the faithful parishioners of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, for Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service.  

During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace offered a sermon that spoke directly to the human challenge of losing the earthly presence of those we love.  He reminded the gathered community that “our God is the God of the living”, and that those who die in Christ are alive in Him. He continued, offering that when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy we step outside of time itself - into the very Kingdom of God made manifest, in the presence of the Holy Angels, the Saints, and those who have taken up their abode in the mansions of the righteous.