The reception was also attended by: His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa, Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic and adviser to the Prime Minister Mr. Vladimir Bozovic.
Unity of Serbian people common goal of Church and State
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) Patriarch Irinej agreed at a meeting that the relations between the state and the SPC are good, noting that the relations between the state and other religious communities in Serbia are good as well.
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Why do we fast? Why do we make sacrifices? Why do we stand at long services? Why do we pray? To those of us who are beginning to doubt and waver after only two weeks of the Fast, the Church brings us an answer today. This answer is in the person of St Gregory Palamas, the fourteenth-century Archbishop of Salonica in Greece to whom this Sunday is dedicated.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Her Excellency Dr. Dia Nader de el Andari at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 24 March 2016.
The reception was also attended by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, the Administrator of the Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church for South and Central America, as well as Mr. Darwin Castillo, Consul.
In the chapel of Saint George, at the military barracks “Banjica 2” in Belgrade, the memorial service (panichida) was served for the killed members of the Yugoslav Army during the NATO aggression upon the F.R. Yugoslavia in 1999, the Serbian Armed Forces reported.
The Chief of the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic with members of the collegium attended.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej expressed to His Majesty King Philippe, The King of the Belgians, his condolences over a series of terrorist attacks committed in Bruxelles on March 22, 2016.
To His Majesty
PHILIPPE of Belgium
Bruxelles – Laeken
We have been deeply disturbed by the news on terrorist attacks in Bruxelles. In particular, we grieve over the fact that these attacks took away many human lives, and that hundreds of them have been injured.
These are difficult times for the people of Belgium, but also for the entire civilized world. It is with pain that the Serbian Orthodox people are looking to the victims that lose their lives in the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks.
On behalf of the fullness of the Serbian Orthodox Church as well as on Our own behalf, please accept sincere condolences with Our prayers to the Lord, the only Merciful One, to grant an eternal repose to the souls of all the killed and comfort to their families and relatives in their pain as well as a quick recovery to the wounded.
I r i n e j
Serbian Orthodox Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and hegoumen of the Decani Monastery Archimandrite Sava, along with the clergy, students of the Prizren Theological Seminary and the faithful, welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the Cathedral church of Holy Great Martyr George in Prizren on 19 March 2016.
At the entrance to the churchyard the high guest was welcomed by Milica Djordjevic, the only Serbian child left in Prizren, who handed him in a bouquet of flowers. Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren addressed The Prince of Wales in the church, speaking of the significance of the sacred places of Kosovo and Metohija, sufferings that the Church and the people have gone through in recent years as well as about the restoration of the destroyed or damaged sacred monuments and, especially, about the restoration of the function of the historical Serbian Orthodox Theological Seminary of Prizren. The Prince Charles cordially greeted the seminarians who sang for him troparion of the Resurrection of Christ both in Serbian and English.