SYNAXIS OF THE PRIMATES OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCHES
Chambésy, 21-28, 2016
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At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Synaxis of Primates of the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches took place at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva, from 21st to 28th January, 2016.
The following Primates attended:
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
Patriarch Theodore of Alexandria
Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
Patriarch Irinej of Serbia
Patriarch Daniel of Romania
Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria
Patriarch Ilia of Georgia
Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus
Archbishop Anastasios of Albania
Archbishop Rastislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia
The following Primates were unable to attend: Their Beatitudes Patriarch John X of Antioch and Metropolitan Sawa of Warsaw and All Poland, for health reasons, and Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece, for personal reasons. Nevertheless, all three were represented by official delegations of their Churches.
The Patron Saint-day (slava) of the memorial cathedral of the Serbian people, was celebrated with Divine Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch.
His Grace Bishop Arsenije was concelebrated by the clergy of Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, clergy of Saint Sava Cathedral and guests from Greece and other dioceses of teh Serbian Orthodox Church. Besides lots of believers who were present at the Liturgy, the service was also attended by Director of the Bureau for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic, adviser to President of Prime Minister Mr. Vladimir Bozovic, chief architect of the Cathedral Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic, representatives of the city authorities, representatives of the religious communities, students of Belgrade schools.
The celebration of the slava of the church of Saint Sava began with All night Vigil on the Eve of the feast day.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch, served the great feast day's All Night Vigil in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar in Belgrade, on the Eve of the feast day of Saint Sava, the first Serbian Archbishop and Enlightener.
Sunday, January 24th, 2015 at the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel California the Feast of St. Sava, First Archbishop of the Serbs, was celebrated.
The day began with the Divine Liturgy which was celebrated by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr. Lazar Vasiljevic, Fr. Peter Jovanovic, and Deacon Zoran Aleksic. The slava services was held in the social hall with all the St. Sava children participating with much enthusiasm. A festal banquet was enjoyed by all and then followed a beautiful program with wonderful poems presented by the children and folklore performances by the St. Sava folklore groups.
Mayor of Belgrade organized a traditional reception on January 26, 2016, on the occasion of St. Sava’s Day, the feast-day of Serbian school education.
Mayor of the City of Belgrade Mr. Sinisa Mali welcomed assembled teachers and professors, who, according to him, have the most beautiful job - to convey their knowledge to younger generations.
On the occasion of the great feast of St. Sava, the enlightener of Serbia, Patriarch Kirill and Met. Hilarion (Alfeyev) sent greetings to His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.