In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit!
The attitude in the Church of God towards the Lord’s Cross sometimes seems unusual and surprising to the world. And since we are in many ways sensual rather than spiritual, we too sometimes share this perplexity with the world. For example, why has the Cross been treated as a special, incomprehensible, but real living power in the Church’s Tradition for two thousand years already? Even now, during Great Lent, we daily pray the following during the divine services: “O Invincible and incomprehensible and divine power of the precious and life-giving Cross, forsake not us sinners.”
Moreover, the Church boldly asserts such astounding truths as these: “The Cross is the guardian of the whole world; the Cross is the beauty of the Church, the Cross is the might of kings; the Cross is the confirmation of the faithful, the Cross is the glory of angels and the wounding of demons.”
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Bratislav Gasic, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarch on 13 March 2015.
Regular session of the Episcopal Council of the Orthodox Church in Germany was held in Munich from 6 until 8 March 2015.
The Orthodox Episcopal Council of Germany was founded in 2010 and it consists of 16 Metropolitans and Bishops of all Canonical Orthodox Churches in Germany. On Friday, 6 March 2015 Bishops gathered along with 25 priests and deacons who serve in Munich, deliberating about the pastoral problems of the Orthodox believers in Bayern.
Head of the Department for Faiths, Colonel Dr. Sasa Milutinovic, attended the Liturgy at the Military Academy. Divine Liturgies are regularly in all the chapels located within military caserns.
The Second Sunday in Lent, on which the Orthodox Church celebrates Great Saint of Thessaloniki Gregory Palamas, was celebrated at the chapel of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos at the Military Academy in Belgrade, when the Holy Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great was officiated. Many cadets, non-commissioned officers and officers attended the holy service. Captain and presbyter Nemanja Petrovic served the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of protodeacon Radomir Rakic, Editor-in-Chief of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great in the side-chapel of Holy Martyrs of Belgrade Hermylus and Stratonicus at the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar, Belgrade.
The clergy of Saint Sava Cathedral concelebrated to the Patriarch, while the Singing Society “Mokranjac” sang responses. Lots of believers were present at the Liturgy.
On Sunday, March 1st, 2015, in the solemn hall of the Saint Sava Centre in Nis, Serbia, a regular session of the Association of creators of the city of Nis was held, during which His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis was proclaimed a member of honour of this Association.
The ceremony was opened with a performance of the Cathedral church choir “Branko”, after which the president of the Association of the creators of the city of Nis, delivered a speech, and handed in a letter of appreciation to Bishop Jovan. Following the president, Bishop Jovan also addressed the audience.