The Cathedral church in Belgrade marked, on Saturday, its church slava, the Feast of Holy Michael the Archangel, with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy which was officiated by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica.
On Saturday, 21 November 2015, the Cathedral church in Belgrade celebrated its church slava, the Synaxis of The Holy Archangel Michael and all the Bodiless Powers of Heaven, as well as an unusual jubilee – 170th anniversary since the beginning of the service in this building. The First Belgrade Singing Society, the choir of Cathedral church sang responses. The host of this year’s slava of the Cathedral church was lawyer Toma Fila. A lots of faithful gathered on Saturday to prayerfully mark this feast day.
The angels of God were celebrated by men from earliest times but this celebration was often turned into the divinization of angels (IV Kings 23:5 [II Kgs KJV]). The heretics wove all sorts of fables concerning the angels. Some of them looked upon angels as gods; others, although they did not consider them gods, called them the creators of the whole visible world. The local Council of Laodicea (four or five years before the First Ecumenical Council) rejected the worship of angels as gods and established the proper veneration of angels in its Thirty-fifth Canon.
In the fourth century, during the time of Sylvester, Pope of Rome, and Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria, the present Feast of Archangel Michael and all the other heavenly powers was instituted for celebration in the month of November. Why precisely in November? Because November is the ninth month after March, and March is considered to be the month in which the world was created. Also, as the ninth month after March, November was chosen for the nine orders of angels who were created first. St. Dionysius the Areopagite, a disciple of the Apostle Paul (who was taken up into the third heaven), described these nine orders of angels in his book, On the Celestial Hierarchies, as follows: six-winged Seraphim, many-eyed Cherubim, God-bearing Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. The leader of all the angelic hosts is the Archangel Michael.
On the sixth anniversary of the death of Serbian Patriarch of blessed memory Paul, on 15 November 2015, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Liturgy at the Rakovica Monastery.
His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis concelebrated. After the Liturgy the panichida was served at the grave of Patriarch Pavle.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received the President of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo from Moscow and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Mrs. Lyubov Glebova at the Serbian Patriarchate on 13 November 2015.
The reception was attended by the representative of the Federal Agency Rossotrudnichestvo Mr. Sergey Alekseyevich, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade Mr. Aleksandar Chepurin, Director General of the Oil Company of Serbia Mr. Kirill Kravchenko, Director of the Russian Cultural House in Belgrade Mrs. Nadezhda Kuschenkova, His Grace Vicar Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, head of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate to Belgrade protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, Secretary of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch priest Vladimir Vranic, protomaster of the church of Saint Sava Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic and officer of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch deacon Aleksandar Sekulic.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej has expressed to President of the Republic of France Francois Hollande his condolences over the series of terrorist actions committed in Paris on November 13-14, 2015.
President of the Republic of France
Mr. François HOLLANDE
News on last night’s terrorist attacks at many locations in the capital of the Republic of France, Paris, has deeply disturbed Us. On behalf of the fullness of the Serbian Orthodox Church as well as on Our own behalf, please accept sincere condolences. In these moments Our prayers and Our thoughts are with the friendly and, to the Serbian people, always close French people.
We pray that God may repose the souls of all tragically killed, grant comfort to their families and relatives in their pain, a quick recovery to the wounded, and that the French people may overcome the current difficulties.
I r i n e j
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Predrag Culibrk, the Director-General of Telekom Srbija, with associates at the Serbian Patriarchate on 10 November 2015.
On this occaison they signed the Protocol on mutual cooperation of the Serbian Patriarchate and Telekom Srbija.