A regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops has began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral church led by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia with the concelebration of all Bishops of our Holy Church.
Today on April 5/18 2010, on Sunday of the Myrrhgushers hieromonk Metodije (Markovic) was elected with a majority of votes by the brotherhood of the Chilandar Monastery for heugomen of the Nemanjic family. Father Metodije wa born in Cacak, on January 7,1970 by the parents Momchilo and Milka. Before he became the monk he had studed at the Electrotechnic Faculty in Belgrade. He has been in the monastery of Chilandar since 1994.
His Beatitude Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland,
On the occasion of the severe tragedy which happened on April 10, 2010 , in the morning hours, when during the landing of the aircraft in Smolensk (Russia), in which were killed the President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Lech Kaczynski with his wife Mary and 96 persons, the members of the delegation of the highest state authorities of the Republic of Poland, among those was His Eminence Archbishop Dr. Miron of the Orthodox Ordinary of the Polish Army, Brigadier General and Bishop of Hajnówka, with three clerics of the Polish Orthodox Church, we ask You, along with all the bishops, priests, monks and believers, to accept our sincere condolences.
We pray to God for the repose of their souls, and for all of you to give comfort in pain.
Your Beatitude beloved brother in Christ,,
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Belgrade, April 12, 2010
Memory of the pogrom, which started on March 17, 2004, when Serbian enclaves were ethnically cleansed during the three-day attacks by Albanian extremists. Then thousands of Serbian families were expelled,19 people killed, 35 Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries and over 800 Serbian homes destroyed and burned , today it was prayerfully marked in all the temples of our Holy Church in the Fatherland and abroad.
The Prayerful memory of the victims began with the Holy The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, which was served in the Belgrade Cathedral by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, with concelebration of His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno and the priesthood of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.
As the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2010 will prayerfully remember St. Symeon the God-Receiver on Tuesday of the first week of the Great Fast we inform the faithful who will be celebrating their Krsna Slava on that day that they celebrate it instead on Saturday, February 13, 2010, on Cheesefare Saturday.
According to the Great Typicon, chapter 42, we remind all faithful that the Holy Three Hierarchs will be celebrated on Thursday, February 11, instead of Friday, expect in the event that the church is dedicated to this feast, then it is celebrated on the day of the feast.
According to the Great Typicon, chapter 44, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple will be served on Sunday, February 14, since the actual feast falls on the first day of the Great Fast.
On 26th October, the U.S. State Department published its Religious Freedom Report 2009 for Macedonia. A significant part of the Report is dedicated exactly to the restrictions of the religious freedom that the Government of R. Macedonia is imposing upon the Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.