Eparchial (Diocesan) News
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on the Christmas Eve, the Divine Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral Church. The Service of God, during which His Holiness ordained deacon Igor Lukic a presbyter, was also present His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan.
In a letter of 4 January 2011, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand expressed his heartfelt prayers and extended the deepest sympathies of his clergy, monastics and faithful to His Grace Coptic Orthodox Bishop Suriel of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions and to Bishop Suriel's faithful flock which, in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ, is now in deep mourning.
Metropolitan Amfilohije, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija until recently, along with sisterhood of the monastery of Gracanica and clerks of the Diocese solemnly welcomed yesterday in the monastery of Gracanica newly-enthroned Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.
On the occasion of twentieth anniversary of service of Bishop Irinej on the throne of Bishops of Backa, on Thursday, December 23, 2010, a celebration was organized at Studio M in Novi Sad. This significant jubilee was marked with a retrospective of last two decades of life of the Church of God in Backa, sermon of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar and nice program.
With the blessings of His Grace Maxim, Bishop of the Western American Serbian Diocese, V. Rev. Fr. Ilija Balach Dean of the Butte Deanery, conducted small church consecration service in Lakewood, Colorado. On the feast day of St. prophet Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth (parents of St. John The Baptist) the first Serbian Orthodox church in Colorado, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was opened.