His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch exchanged Christmas greetings with all heads of Orthodox autocephaly and autonomous Churches, many archbishops, metropolitans and bishops. Serbian Patriarch Irinej has received lots of greetings from higher and secondary education institutions of the Serbian Orthodox Church, administrations of monasteries and many believers in the country and from the diaspora.
Not being able to individually thank everyone, he does in this way, with best wishes for every good of all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by sending them a fatherly greeting and patriarchal blessing.
In a presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan served Christmas Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral Church.
President of the Republic of Serbia Boris Tadic congratulated Christmas to the Serbian Orthodox Church and all believers who celebrate this holiday using the Julian calendar.
"I wish that this great holiday spend in peace and welfare, with family and friends. Peace from God! Christ is Born!", it was said in the President's greeting.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej recieved today in the Serbian Patriarch High Reverend Archimandrite Vasileios, hegumen of the Iviron Monastery on Mount Athos.
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the unification of the provincial Churches into the Serbian Patriarchate, 90th anniversary of the activity of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade and 200th anniversary of the Seminary founded by Dositej Obradovic, yesterday in the chapel of St. John the Theologian at the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade the Divine Liturgy was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration and presence of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, Dean of the Facultz of Theology and Their Graces Bishops: retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Pahomije of Vranje, Justin of Timok, Vicar Porfirije of Jegar and a great number of priests and deacons.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited last night the Belgrade synagogue Sukat Shalom and on that occasion he lit one of eight candles in a traditional ceremony regarding Hanukkah - the Jewish holiday of freedom and lights. Besides His Holiness, candles were also lit by President of Republic of Serbia Mr. Boris Tadic, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, Mufti of Serbia Haji Efendi Jusufspahic, His Excellency Apostolic Nuncio Mr. Orlando Antonini, Minister of Faith Dr. Bogoljub Sijakovic, President of Jewish youth of Serbia Mr. Danijel Bogunovic and Honorary President of the Association of the Jewish Communities of Serbia Mr. Aca Singer.