Communique – 20 May 2015

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on today’s session brought its final decision in which His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada was permanently released from administering the Diocese of Canada.

The Diocese of Canada is temporarily administered by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

Translation of the relics of St Nicholas the Wonderworker from Myra to Bari

St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The Transfer of the Relics from Myra of Lycia to Bari in Italy His Life is found under December 6.

In the eleventh century the Byzantine Empire was going through some terrible times. The Turks put an end to its influence in Asia Minor, they destroyed cities and villages, they murdered the inhabitants, and they accompanied their cruel outrage with the desecration of churches, holy relics, icons and books. The Mussulmen also attempted to destroy the relics of St Nicholas, deeply venerated by the whole Christian world.

The Ascension of the Lord

When the day of the Jewish Pentecost drew near, the disciples of Christ returned from Galilee to Jerusalem.

On the fortieth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they were all together in one house. Jesus Christ appeared to them and spoke with them saying, "Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. He, who believes and is baptized, will be saved, but he, who does not believe, will be condemned. And these signs accompanies those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Archbishop Jovan serves at the Saint Sava Cathedral

Archbishop Jovan serves at the Saint Sava Cathedral
Archbishop Jovan serves at the Saint Sava Cathedral
Archbishop Jovan serves at the Saint Sava Cathedral
Archbishop Jovan serves at the Saint Sava Cathedral

With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Memorial-Cathedral of Saint Sava on Vracar yesterday, on May 17th, 2015.

Their Graces Bishops Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi concelebrated with the Archbishop.

King's College London Welcomes "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."

King's College London Welcomes "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."
King's College London Welcomes "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."
King's College London Welcomes "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."
King's College London Welcomes "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."

On May 10, at King’s College London, one of the top 20 universities in the world (2013-4 QS international world rankings), a rare history and fine art book, published by Sebastian Press, was presented to a wider public interested to study or expand their knowledge about the cultural heritage of Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia). 

Bishop Maxim of Western America and Abbott Sava of Decani Monastery spoke about the book at the College Chapel at the Strand. This chapel is seen by many as the spiritual heart of the College. Vocal quartet led by Bozidar Smiljanic sung during the presentation.

Patriarch Irinej celebrates the Holy Liturgy at the Cathedral church

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade yesterday, on 17 May 2015.

The Liturgy was attended by Their Graces Bishops Mitrophan of Eastern America, Dositej of Britain-Scandinavia, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Andrej of Austria-Switzerland.