” It is our obligation to do a pilgrimage to Vatopaidi because Saint Savvas learnt here that only through holiness we can build a nation. We, as a nation, are the disciples of Saint Savvas and Saint Savvas was a monk, a disciple of this monastery. Our history, our culture, our nation would be much poorer without Saint Savvas the Archbishop of the Serbs, without the understanding that we need to love God and our nation in our day-to-day life” – Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.
In the above photos you can see glimpses from the historic visit of Patriarch Irinej of Serbia at Vatopaidi on the 5th of December 2016 together with Bishop Jovan and Archim. Methodios, the abbot of Hilandari Monastery.
Bishop Jovan (Puric)
The modern world functions as a single planetary market on which everything is sold and bought: from physical territories, possessions and objects, to virtual “electronic money” and stock market shares, to identity and sovereignty, memory, soul, even past and future! The principle of a market economy emerged as universally valid, possessing not only economic principles but also for comprehensive human life. The overall life of humanity, and every individual human being, in all timezones, depends on the impersonal and ruthless laws and mechanisms of market economics, the aggressive dynamics of supply and demand, production and consumption, input and output. The spirit of this modern consumer civilisation, “the civilization of turning a human being into a thing”, is the spirit of greed and lust, “insatiable hunger for things and possessing them”.
Actually, one of the basic features of modern civilisation, “the fuel” of its progress and development, is that artificial “development” of that insatiable hunger in people, or more precisely the passion for possessing and spending, a hunger which cannot be satisfied by either possessing or spending since, as we know from the Tradition of the ascetic Fathers of the Church, passion may not be “satisfied”; the more it is practised, the more it is developed and permeating the man, subordinating him, reducing his freedom, sucking out his life energy, narrowing the horizon of his godlike personality, numbing its bodily and spiritual senses, passivising the mental powers of his soul, disturbing the psychological and psychical balance of his personality, causing physical and mental diseases, until it brings the man to complete spiritual and life ruin, and even physical death.
The hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Vicar Bishop Kiril of Dioclea have been in Latin America since 23 November 2016. - Reception by the Mayor of Resistencia, province Chaco, in Argentina, Mr. Jorge Kapitanich.
During this meeting a contract was signed concerning the grant of a plot for erection of the centre of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America.
A model of internal decoration of the dome of the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar presented. Rendering of the dome mosaics is financed by Gazprom Neft. (phоto gallery ).
At the Russian Cultural Centre in Belgrade, a model of the internal decoration of the dome of the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district of the city was presented on 3 December 2016.
The event was attended by the President of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the chairman of the Executive Board of the Society for Construction of the Cathedral, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dacic, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade Mr. Aleksander Chepurin, Ambassador of Belarus in Belgrade Mr. Vladimir Chusev, member of the Managing Board of the main sponsor of the construction works of the company Gazprom Neft Mr. Aleksander Dibalj, Director of the Russian Federal State Agency Rosotrunichestvo Mrs. Ljubov Glebova, Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Andreja Mladenovic; protomaster of the Cathedral Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic and other officials from ecclesial, political and cultural life of Serbia and Russia.
His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the monastery slava, in the monastery of the Entry of the Virgin Mary into the Temple, Belgrade.
The Hierarch was concelebrated by Archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), protopresbyter-stavrophor Milovan Glogovac, protopresbyters Dimitrije Kasapis and Stefan Franovic and other clergymen. Along with the Very Venerable abbess mother Anastasija and the saint-patron host Mr. Scepan Cukic and his family, Bishop Arsenije blessed the slava cake in the presence of lots of pious people.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch arrived to the Chilandar Monastery where he on 3 December 2016 officiated the All- Night Vigil Service and in the morning the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the patron feast-day of the monastery - Entry of the Virgin Mary into the Temple.
The Patriarch arrived to the Holy Laura of the Chilandar Monastery escorted by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadia, Serbian Minister of Education Mr. Mladen Sarcevic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic, Chairman of the Hilandar Medical Society Dr. Radisav Scepanovic and former Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic.