Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

In the Orthodox Church it is customary, on the day following the Great Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God, to remember those saints who participated directly in the sacred event. So, on the day following the Theophany of the Lord, the Church honors the one who participated directly in the Baptism of Christ, placing his own hand upon the head of the Savior.

Saint John, the holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, whom the Lord called the greatest of the prophets, concludes the history of the Old Testament and opens the era of the New Testament. The holy Prophet John bore witness to the Only-Begotten Son of God, incarnate in the flesh. Saint John was accounted worthy to baptize Him in the waters of the Jordan, and he was a witness of the Theophany of the Most Holy Trinity on the day of the Savior’s Baptism.

The Feast of the Theophany

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Today we celebrate a day that is called by many names: the Baptism of our Lord, Theophany, and it is also called Illumining. We commemorate our Lord's baptism today in the Jordan. Theophany is the appearance of God, where indeed the Holy Trinity manifested Himself after Our Lord's baptism. Why would we call it Illumining? It is because through baptism we are indeed illuminated.

Saint Basil the Great celebrated in the village of Marsic

Saint Basil the Great celebrated in the village of Marsic
Saint Basil the Great celebrated in the village of Marsic
Saint Basil the Great celebrated in the village of Marsic
Saint Basil the Great celebrated in the village of Marsic

Diocese of Sumadia: Free day care for children and youth with disabilities and professional support to their parents

On Sunday, 14 January 2018, when the Church celebrates the Circumcision of the Lord, Saint Basil the Great and the New Year, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Basil the Great in Marsic with the concelebration of local priests.

Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble Society

Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble Society
Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble Society
Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble Society
Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble Society

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated on the feast-day of Saint Basil the Great the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade.

His Holiness Irinej performed the rite of blessing the slava cake of the First Belgrade Choral Ensemble, the oldest choral institution in Serbia, which just marks 165th anniversary of its existence.

The Serbian Patriarch received in audience the Greek Ambassador

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Ambassador of the Republic of Greece Mr. Ilijas Iliadis and presbyter Panayotis Karatasios, principal of the Holy Archangel Gabriel Monastery in Zemun, in the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on January 16, 2018.

Guests from Fraternal Greece with the Patriarch of Serbia

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received great donors of the Serbian Church Archimandrite Gervasios and Protopresbyter Ermolaos with a group of faithful from the Greek city of Patra, accompanied by Presbyter Panayotis Karatasios, principal of the Holy Archangel Gabriel monastery in Zemun. The reception took place in the Patriarchal residence in Belgrade on January 15, 2018.

The Serbian Patriarch received in audience Archbishop Abel from Poland

His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, received the Rt. Revd. Archbishop Abel of Lubel-Helm from the Polish Orthodox Church at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 15 January 2018.

His Eminence Archbishop Abel thanked His Holiness for the cordial reception during which he presented to the Serbian Patriarch a reliquary with a particle of relics of Saint Irenaeus of Lyon, wishing him many years on the throne of Saint Sava. The Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked Archbishop of Lubel-Helm for the present and wished him Divine blessings in his God-pleasing archpastoral ministry in the sister Polish Orthodox Church.