Bulgarian Patriarch Neofit
On the occasion of sudden repose in the Lord of Metropolitan Kiril of Varna and Veliki Preslav, of blessed memory, who in his committed life served God (Phil 3: 10-11), We express on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as on Our own behalf , to honorable bishops, pious clergy, venerable monks and the faithful of the God-protected Bulgarian Orthodox Church Our most sincere condolences.
His eminent personality We remember most recently from Our last visit to the Georgian Orthodox Church when We had talks with His Eminence – whereas now we learn about the sad news.
We pray to the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Who is Resurrection and Life (John 11: 25), that He may grant eternal repose to the noble soul of Metropolitan Kiril and remember him in His Heavenly Kingdom.
Belgrade, July 10th 2013
Patriarch Irinej: Today, when final wish of His Majesty King Peter I has been fulfilled, that his descendents live in their country with their people, and to be buried at St. George Church in Oplenac, we truly believe that souls of Karadjordje, Prince Alexander, King Peter I and King Alexander I rejoyce today. Crown Prince Alexander II: This is not only a historic moment for Royal Family, but also for the whole Serbian nation and the State of Serbia. Prime Minister Ivica Dacic: There are many ideologies, but there is just one Serbia. President Tomislav Nikolic: We cannot have luxury of divisions and injustice any more.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia officiated the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saint George in Oplenac on the occasion of the state funeral of the remains of King Peter, Queen Maria, Queen Alexandra and Prince Andrej on 26 May 2013.
Royal Family and Citizens of Serbia escort King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Maria and Prince Andrej from Belgrade to Oplenac
His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Budim held the Divine Liturgy and the memorial service. After the service, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia made an address, and said that by this the great injustice has been justified, and that Their Majesties King Peter II, Queen Alexandra and Queen Maria and His Royal Highness Prince Andrej will finally be put to rest with their great ancestors, beside the Great Karadjordje, and among their Serbian people.
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.