His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Church-state dignitaries from Armenia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 16 July 2015.
The Armenia delegation consisted of Bishop of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Romania Datev Hagopian, His Excellency Gagik Galachian, Ambassador of Armenia in Greece, and Mr. Samvel Ayvazyan, president of the Armenian community in Serbia.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received dr Efraim Zuroff, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 14 July 2015.
The audience was attended by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia, president of the Holy Assembly of Bishops' Committee for Jasenovac Concentration Camp, and president of the Committee for Memorial Complex Staro Sajmiste; priest Vladimir Vranic, Secretary of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch as well as Mr. Nenad Kuzmanovic.
Awakening of Memories – exhibition in the crypt of the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in Belgrade
On the occasion of the 400th anniversary since the accession to the Russian throne of the dynasty of the Romanovs, on the very day of martyrdom of Saint Tsar Nicholas the Second Romanov and his family and fellow sufferers, the exhibition “Four Centuries of the Imperial House of the Romanovs – Awakening of Memories” will be opened in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava on 17 July 2015 at 12 a.m.. The celebration will commence with theHierarchal Liturgy in the large Memorial Cathedral beginning at 9 a.m.
Cosmas and Damian were unmercenary physicians and miracle-workers. These two saints were brothers, were born in Rome and as children were baptized and brought up in the Christian spirit. They possessed abundant grace from God to heal men and livestock from every disease and suffering, usually by the laying on of hands. They sought no reward for their efforts. They only required of the infirm to believe in Christ the Lord. Inheriting a large estate, they charitably distributed it to the needy and to those in want.
by St. Gregory Palamas
1. The commemoration of each of the saints on the appointed feast day is an occasion for town and country, citizens and their rulers to share in rejoicing, and brings great benefit to all who celebrate. “The memory of the just is praised”, says the wise Solomon (Prov. 10:7 Lxx), “When the righteous is praised the people will rejoice” (cf. Prov. 29:2 Lxx). If a lamp is lit at night, its light shines for the service and enjoyment of everyone present. Similarly, through such commemorations, each saint’s God-pleasing course, his blessed end, and the grace bestowed on him by God, because of the purity of his life, bring spiritual joy and benefit to the whole congregation, like a bright flaming torch set in our midst. When the land bears a good harvest everyone rejoices, not just the farmers (for we all benefit from the earth’s produce); so the fruits which the saints bring forth for God through their virtue delight not only the Husbandman of souls, but all of us, being set before us for the common good and pleasure of our souls. During their earthly lives, all the saints are an incentive to virtue for those who hear and see them with understanding, for they are human icons of excellence, animated pillars of goodness, and living books, which teach us the way to better things. Afterwards, when they depart this life, the benefit we gain from them is kept alive for ever through the remembrance of their virtues. By commemorating their noble deeds, we offer them that praise which, on the one hand, we owe them for the good they did our Ancestors, but which, on the other, is also fitting for us at the present time, on account of the help they give us now.
Among the Church's feasts, there are three in honor of God's saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation.
These three feasts are the Nativity of St. John the Forerunner, his Beheading, and the feast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul.
The apparition of the holy Archangel Gabriel to the priest Zacharias in the Temple, with the announcement of the birth to him and the righteous Elizabeth, of a son who would prepare the way for the Lord, the Savior of the world, and the subsequent fulfillment of this premise, are the first of the events related by the Evangelists.