Official visit of the Serbian Patriarch - day two

The official visit of His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, Patriarch of Serbia at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury continued today at Lambeth Palace. 

The visit has been an occasion of significant conversation and warm fellowship between them and their delegations, which signals a renewal of the longstanding and close relationship between the Church of England and the Serbian Orthodox Church.  The two delegations reflected together among other things, on the spiritual life of our churches; our work with young people, the poor and refugees; the problems of modern society; the renewal of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the household as the place of spiritual nurture and devotion, following the collapse of communism.

Archbishop welcomes Patriarch of Serbia to Lambeth Palace

Archbishop welcomes Patriarch of Serbia to Lambeth Palace
Archbishop welcomes Patriarch of Serbia to Lambeth Palace
Archbishop welcomes Patriarch of Serbia to Lambeth Palace
Archbishop welcomes Patriarch of Serbia to Lambeth Palace

Archbishop Justin Welby received His Holiness Irinej this morning,  13. october 2016, during his official visit to the UK.

The Archbishop of Canterbury welcomed His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, Patriarch of Serbia, and a delegation from the Serbian Orthodox Church to Lambeth Palace today.  Archbishop Justin Welby invited His Holiness Irinej to make an official visit to the UK as an expression of the historic warm and strong relationship between the Church of England and the Serbian Orthodox Church, which reflects the enduring friendship of the two countries.

Kosovo Ministry of Culture bans reconstruction works at Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren

Communique of  Diocese of Raška and Prizren

Kosovo Ministry of Culture with its Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments and the local Prizren Department of Urbanism has blocked continuation of the reconstruction works on St. Nicholas church at the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren these days. The Inspectors appeared at the monastery requesting an immediate termination of all works. The workers who take part in the construction of this ancient church as the only place of worship at the Holy Archangels Monastery were threatened with police and fines if they continue their work. Kosovo daily KOHA published an article today saying that the Ministry of Kosovo claims that the works at the Monastery are "illegal because no construction permit has been issued".

Enthronement homily of Bishop Irinej of Eastern America

In the Name of The Father and of the Son and of The Holy Spirit!

Your Eminences, Your Graces Most Esteemed brother hierarchs and archpastors, Representatives of our Holy and exceedingly beloved sister Orthodox Churches and of our own Holy Serbian Orthodox Church, Your Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, Your Excellency Ambassador and Mrs Djerdj Matkovic of The Republic of Serbia to the United States of America, distinguished members of the diplomatic corps, Most Venerable, Very Reverend and Reverend Clergy, Most Venerable mother Abbess and sisterhood in Christ, Most Beloved brothers and sisters and cherished children in Christ our Lord,

"Now when forty years had passed [i.e., in the fullness of time], an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. When Moses saw it he wondered at the sight; and as he drew near to look, the voice of the Lord came, 'I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.' And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. And the Lord said to him, 'Take off the shoes from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground' (Acts 7:30-33).

Standing here today in your august presence and having acceded to the eminent Throne of the Bishops of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in this resplendent Cathedral dedicated to the All Holy and Life-giving Trinity, I am reminded by this passage that the ground beneath us is in verity holy, having been dedicated to the glory of the Triune God in this fair City of Pittsburgh, itself blessed of God by the triadic confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers. Glory be to Him who has created all and to Whom I am summoned once again to offer the entirety of my being, now as a faithful steward of this Vineyard, promising to toil together with all of you, on behalf of all and for all.

Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA

Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA
Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA
Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA
Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA

On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 a glorious celebration of three very special events took place at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California.

On this day the parish celebrated its KrsnaSlava, the Feast of Saint Steven - Simon the Monk; the 70th Anniversary of the Cathedral; and the 10th Anniservary of the Enthronment of His Grace Bishop Maxim as the Hierarch of the W estern American Diocese.

Enthronement of Bishop Irinej of Eastern America

His Grace Irinej Enthroned as Fifth Bishop of Eastern America

Hundreds of the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America joined hierarchs, clergy and well-wishers from around the world in Pittsburgh on October 1 in welcoming His Grace Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic) as their new Hierarch and Archpastor.