His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej pays an irenic visit to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus from November 9 -16, 2016.
At the invitation of His Beatitude Chrysostom, Archbishop of Cyprus, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej arrived in Larnaka in the evening on 9th November 2016. His Holiness and the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church were welcomed at the airport by Archbishop of Cyprus and the members of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus.
On the occasion of the church Patron Saint-day, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher in New Belgrade on 8 November 2016.
The festal gathering commenced with a solemn welcome of His Holiness Patriarch at entrance to the churchyard of the New Belgrade’s church. The Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by the principal of the Saint Demetrius church protopresbyter-stavrophor Rajko Nedic, clergy and pious people, representatives of the Jugoimport SDPR company.
On Sunday, 30 October 2016, on the feast-day of Holy Prophet Hosea and Saint Andrew of Crete, with the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Andrey of Rososhan and Ostrogosh celebrated the Holy Liturgy in the crypt of Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Antony of Moravica, dean of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate to Moscow, and His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch and the principal of the Saint Sava Cathedral.
Bishop Antony of Moravica, dean of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate to the Patriarchate of Moscow, accompanied the high guest from Russia while visiting Serbia. On behalf of the Serbian Patriarch, Bishop Arsenije delivered a welcome address. The church choir Mokranjac under the guidance of Miss Milica Tisma sang responses.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Triphon at Mali Mokri Lug at the outskirts of Belgrade on 30 October 2016.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej blessed church frescoes rendered by Deacon Slavoljub Radojkovic and a newly installed marble iconostasis, an achievement of Deacon Miladin Djuric. The Patriarch awarded with the Patriarchal Grammata the principal of the church, Archpriest-Stavrophor Ilija Djuric, parish church choir Holy Prophet David and some laymen.
The church of Saint Athenogenes on Vucji Dol was consecrated solemnly and conciliarly on the feast-day of Martyr Longinos the Captain, on Saturday, 29 October 2016.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral; Their Graces Bishops Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Kirilo of Dioclea and retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Niksic consecrated the church and served in that church with the concelebration of many priests and monks from various dioceses.
Saint Luke was born a Greek and a Gentile in Antioch, Syria. He was a physician and it is believed that he may have also been a slave, as it was not uncommon in his day for slaves to be educated in medicine so the family would have a resident physician.
Luke became a close companion of Paul of Tarsus and accompanied him on his missionary journeys. It is very possible that Luke provided medical assistance to Paul when he had been beaten, stoned or nearly drowned while evangelizing to the Western Roman Empire.
Luke is the only Gentile to have written books in the Bible. He is the writer of the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles and his writings have been proven to be historically accurate.