This significant anniversary was marked on the feast day of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist and Forerunner, at the monastery of Milesheva.
When our Church prayerfully celebrates the Birth of John the Baptist and Forunner, it was the 15th anniversary of hierarchal service of His Grace Bishop Filaret of Milesheva. Faithful people of the Diocese of Milesheva gathered on the eve of the feast day at the Vesper service which was served with akathist to Saint Sava in the Milesheva monastery. On the feast day Their Graces Bishops Nikanor of Banat and Filaret of Milesheva served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of monks and parish priests of the Diocese of Milesheva.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church dedicated to the yesterday's feast day - the Birth of Saint John the Baptist and Forerunner at the Central cemetary in Belgrade.
Following the procession around the church and blessing the slava cake, His Holiness consecrated the candle lighting chapel and then awarded presbyter Ivan Strbacki, the first parish of this church, with the right to wear a red belt.
The head of the Ukranian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Vladimir of Kiev and all Ukraine reposed in the Lord on 5 July 2014.
The entirety of the Moscow Patriarchate and the Orthodox world mourns the loss of His Beatitude Vladimir, Metropolitan of Kiev and all Ukraine. His Beatitude reposed early in the morning on July 5 at the age of 79 after months of a serious illness. Metropolitan Vladimir especially has ties to the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA as he presided along with then Bishop Clement of Serpukhov and Bishop Makary (Svistun +2007) at the Great Consecration of Three Saints Church in Garfield NJ in July of 1984.
The Locum Tenens of the Kiev Metropolis, His Eminence Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina will fulfill the duties of Church Primate until a new primate is elected.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch recieved Mr. Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohia, and Mr. Marko Blagojevic, Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 3 July 2014.