Icon of the Mother of God of “the Three Hands”

The Icon of the Mother of God, “Of the Three Hands”: In the ninth century during the time of the Iconoclasts, St. John of Damascus (December 4) was zealous in his veneration of holy icons. Because of this, he was slandered by the emperor and iconoclast Leo III the Isaurian (717-740), who informed the Damascus caliph that St. John was committing treasonous acts against him. The caliph gave orders to cut off the hand of the monk and take it to the marketplace. Towards evening St. John, having asked the caliph for the cut-off hand, put it to its joint and fell to the ground before the icon of the Mother of God. The monk begged Our Lady to heal the hand, which had written in defense of Orthodoxy. After long prayer he fell asleep and saw in a dream that the All Pure Mother of God had turned to him promising him quick healing.

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej will consecrate the church and officiate Hierarchal Liturgy on Saturday, 8 August 2015, at 0800

Over there, in the south, in the vicinity of Hutovo, the Neretva, and the Bregava, on a hill in Prebilovci a miracle is happening. An event is happening, the most important event for man, the world and its existence. Resurrection is happening. God is frequenting his people; God is resurrecting human bones; Lord’s Wisdom is building a home for Himself and them, the martyrs’ bones.

70th birthday of HRH Crown Prince Alexander

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended yesterday evening at the Royal Palace a Gala Dinner on the occasion of the 70th birthday of His Royal Crown Prince Alexander, which was hosted by Crown Princess Katherine and their children Hereditary Prince Peter, Prince Philip, Prince Alexander, David and Alison; and grandchildren Amanda and Michael for dignitaries from around the world, representatives of political, public and cultural life of our country, members of the Advisory Bodies of the Crown, friends and admirers of the Royal Family.

The birthday celebration was graced by the presence of: Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia of Sweden (His Majesty is the head of state of Sweden), His Serene Highness Prince Albert of Monaco (head of state of Monaco) in his first visit to Serbia, Her Majesty Queen Mother Sofia of Spain, Their Majesties Czar Simeon II and Czarina Margarita of the Bulgarians, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Princess Margarita and Prince Radu of Romania, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola Petrovic Njegos of Montenegro, Their Royal Highnesses Prince Raad Bin Zaed and Princess Majda Bin Zaed of Jordan, His Royal Highness Prince Ludwig and Princess Marianna of Baden, His Highness Prince Aga Khan Amin, His Royal Highness Prince Nikola (the son of HRH Prince Tomislav), Her Highness Princess Ira of Fürstenberg, His Royal Highness Prince Serge (the son of HRH Prince Alexander), Their Highnesses Prince Pierre and Princess Sylvia d’Arenberg,  Ms. Victoria De Silva (the granddaughter of HRH Prince Tomislav), Sir Desmond de Silva Q.C, P.C.

Belgrade: In memory of the Imperial Family of the Romanovs

Belgrade: In memory of the Imperial Family of the Romanovs
Belgrade: In memory of the Imperial Family of the Romanovs
Belgrade: In memory of the Imperial Family of the Romanovs
Belgrade: In memory of the Imperial Family of the Romanovs

The Solemn Liturgy in the Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral. An exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs – Awakening of Memories”.

The Serbian Orthodox Church honoured with the solemn Divine Liturgy in the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava on 17 July 2015, the sufferers for Christ and Russia, the Passion-bearers, Tsar Nicholas II and his family. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac, Nikanor of Banat, Pahomije of Vranje, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar. Bishop Milutin of Valjevo was also present at this solemn Eucharistic gathering.

Patriarch Irinej visiting the Saint Christopher Monastery

Patriarch Irinej visiting the Saint Christopher Monastery
Patriarch Irinej visiting the Saint Christopher Monastery
Patriarch Irinej visiting the Saint Christopher Monastery
Patriarch Irinej visiting the Saint Christopher Monastery

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the monastery of Holy Martyr Christopher at Mislodjin, in the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, on 16 July 2015.

On this occasion Patriarch Irinej was informed about the final works relating to the construction of the monastery church, which was built on the conserved foundations of an old church which had been built, according to a tradition, during the reign of Serbian King Dragutin. According to archeological research, the founding of this sacred place has been located into the 15th century and the time of Despot Stefan Lazarevic. It was in the mid-16th century that Ottoman invaders plundered and burnt down this holy shrine, slaying monastery brotherhood. While digging the foundations for the new church, preserved bones of murdered monks were found, and they will be placed in a reliquary in the crypt of the new monastery church.