The regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops has begun today with the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at Belgrade’s Cathedral Church celebrated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, and in the attendance and concelebration of many diocesan bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated his Patron Saint-day – Saint Lazarus at the Cathedral church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Belgrade.
His Holiness celebrated the Divine Liturgy while Their Graces Bishop Dr Jovan of Nis and Vicar Bishop Atanasije with clergy concelebrated. Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije and Konstantin attended the Liturgy. The choir of the First Belgrade Chanting Ensamble sang responses.
Her Majesty Queen Maria Remains were brought back today to her homeland of Serbia with the gracious permission of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Dean of Windsor, Anglican Church, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia
A memorial service for late HM Queen Mother Maria, who died on 22 June 1961 while in exile and was buried at The Royal Burial grounds in Frogmore near Windsor Castle, was officiated yesterday in London at The Serbian Orthodox Church St. Sava in London in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Prince Peter, Prince Philip, Princess Katarina (daughter of Prince Tomislav); Prince Dimitri and Princess Lavinia (children of Prince Andrej), Mr. Nicholas Balfour (representing and son of HRH Princess Elisabeth), H. E. Dr. Dejan Popovic Ambassador or Serbia in United Kingdom and many devoted citizens members of Serbian and Yugoslav diaspora who paid their final respects to the late Queen Mother.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended yesterday on 25 April 2013 the session of the Committee for completion of the construction and interior decoration of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava on Vracar. Before the beginning of the session, Patriarch Irinej accompanied by President of the Committee Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and the members of the Committee visited the Cathedral Church and its crypt, where he was informed on the spot about the course of the construction.
President of the Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik met with His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch on 20 April 2013 in Banjaluka. President of the Republic of Srpska emphasized that cooperation of the institutions of the Republic of Srpska and the Serbian Orthodox Church was very good, and there were ways to extend further this cooperation. One way is with joint forces of the states and the Church, more attention to focus on the construction of schools, kindergartens and geriatric centers.