His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Grace Nazarius, Bishop of Kronstadt, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Sankt Petersburg and the head of the laura of Saint AleksanderNevsky, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 21 December 2016.
His Grace Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch and the head of Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar District of Belgrade, and protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, the dean of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate to Belgrade, attended the reception.
- Saint Nicholas has neither left this church which was burnt, nor has left Christians who have remained in Pristina. With restoration of this church we show that in these life conditions one may serve the Liturgy and praise the Lord, and by celebrating Liturgies each year we restore the life in Pristina as well.
These words, pronounced after the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Nicholas in Pristina, were addressed to the present congregation by Bishop Teodosije of Rasko-Prizren. Emphasizing that this church was burnt in riots in 2004 and that a part of its property had been still occupied, Bishop Teodosije pointed out that the duty of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren was to testify continuously to the conditions of life the Church was facing along with her pious people on Kosovo and Metohija and to advocate that life conditions and respect for fundamental rights have to be improved.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the Association of War Volunteers 1912-1918 and of their descendants and admirers organized a scientific meeting on the topic “The Role and significance of priests in the Balkan Wars and the First World War”, held at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 20 December 2016.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikolaos Voutsis with associates at the Serbian Patriarch on 14 December 2016.
His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica celebrated his Patron Saint-day, the Holy father Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 19 December 2016.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch cut the slava cake with Bishop Arsenije and present guests (photо gallery).
On the occasion of the feast day of Saint NIcholas, Their Graces Bishops Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and retired Atanasije celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Tvrdos Monastery on 19 December 2016.
During the Holy Liturgy Bishop Grigorije ordained monk Pavle a hierodeacon. After the blessing of slava cake and wheat, Bishop Grigorije welcomed all the present and congratulated the slava to Bishop Atanasije and all who celebrated it.