Eparchial (Diocesan) News
On the feast day of Holy Three Hierarchs Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana co-celebrated the Divine Liturgy with Bishop Jovan of Lipljan at the Cathedral church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb.
On 7th February 2013, the day on which the Orthodox Church celebrates the memory of our Father amongst the Saints Parthenios, Bishop of Lampsakos, His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, conducted memorial prayers at the Holy Patriarchal Chapel of St Theodori at the Patriarchal See, for the repose of his late Predecessor and Spiritual Father, Patriarch Parthenios III.
With deep emotion and much gratitude, during his homily His Beatitude spoke of the life and personality of the late Patriarch who was the last Alexandrian Primate from Egypt.
Patriarch Parthenios of Alexandria (born Aris Koinidis) was born in 1919 in Port Said in Egypt, and his family came from Hios. He studied at the Theological Academy of Halkis and did post-graduate studies in Oxford and in Paris. He was ordained Deacon in 1939 and Priest in 1948. He was elected as Metropolitan of Carthage in 1958 and Patriarch of Alexandria in 1987.
It’s not so far from 10 November 2012 when the first Hierarchal Liturgy will be celebrated. Namely, His Grace Bishop Hrizostom blessed that the first Hierarchal Liturgy would be celebrated in the new church in Bihac on Saturday, 10 November, on the remembrance day of Saint Arsenije, the second Serbian Archbishop.
The Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana organized on 4 October 2012 the formal celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.
The celebration began with the Divine Liturgy in the chapel of Saint Sava, the first Serbian archbishop and enlightener, at the Serbian Orthodox Grammar School and the Spiritual Centre on Sveti Duh in Zagreb. His Grace Bishop Ignjatije of Branicevo celebrated the Holy Liturgy, who is in three-day visit to the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana. The Bishop was concelebrated by host His Eminence Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Their Graces Bishops Lukijan of Osek-Polje and Sava of Slavonia and local priests.
His Grace, Bishop Jovan of Niš, the Constantine’s city, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the church of Holy Sts. Constantine and Helen, Equal-to-the-Apostles, on Sunday, 2 December 2012. The Divine Liturgy was concluded with thanksgiving of Bishop Jovan of Niš, to those credited for the realization of this great and very significant project of the Diocese of Nis and the Biblical society of Serbia. Towards the Jubilee celebration in Niš in 2013, the Diocese of Niš launched a missionary project “The Word of God to the Constantine’s City”. On this occasion more than 900 copies of the Holy Scripture were distributed to the present faithful.
On the Feast day of the Venerable Sabbas the Sanctified, on 5/18 December 2012, His Grace Bishop Hrizostom (Stolic) of Zica reposed in the Lord at the Episcopal Residence in Kraljevo.
Bishop Hrizostom was born in 1939 in Ruma, where he finished primary and secondary school. After graduating from High school he went to Decani monastery, where he became a monk and was ordained a hierodeacon and hieromonk by the then Bishop of Raska-Prizren Pavle, later Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church. In 1966 he went to the United States, where he graduated from the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Morganville, New York, with a degree in the liturgical theology. After the graduation he served as a parish priest in Serbian parishes in the Chicago area. Fulfilling his monastic vows, he went to Mount Athos – to the monastery of Hilandar, where he spent twenty years. There he was elevated into the rank of Archmandrite by Ecumenical Patriarch Demetrios. As a notable monk he was the Protos (first monk) of Mount Athos in two mandates. In Hilandar monastery he was librarian. The fruit of his work in the library was the book Svetacnik (Life of the Saints) in two volumes, and the Liturgy of Holy Apostle James.