His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America made his fourth canonical visit to the Orthodox faithful in the capital city of Mexico from June 6-7, 2015.
Accompanying His Grace was V. Rev. Blasko Paraklis, administrator of the Serbian mission there. Per the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Serbian faithful in this country are placed under the pastoral care and canonical jurisdiction of the Bishop of Western America. Serbian Ambassador to Mexico Goran Mesic prepared a warm welcome for his distinguished guests.
On the First Sunday after Pentecost, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canda, officiated a the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton.
Concelebrating with His Holiness was His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America as well as the dicoesan clergy: V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, the Episcopal Deputy, V. Rev. Stavrophor Milovan Sredojevic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Zivorad Subotic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Prvoslav Puric, V. Rev. Stavrophor Vojislav Pavlovic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragomir Ninkovic and Milojko Dimitric, V. Rev. Dusan Gnjatic and V. Rev. Milan Jovanovic, Protosindjel Vasilije (Gavrilovic), abbot of the monastery, Fr. Ivan Radovic and Fr. Jovan Marijanac, Protodeacon Damjan Bozic and Deacon Djuradj Kojic. Present at the liturgy was also Bishop Georgije who has been relieved of his duties. The diocesan choir "Kyr Stefan the Serb" under the direction of Jasmina Vucrovic, sang the responses at the Liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, pays an archipastoral visit to the Diocese of Canada from June 5-23, 2015.
According to the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops in May of this year His Holiness was asked to administer the Diocese of Canada. Serbian Patriarch arrived at the seat of the Diocese on 5 June 2015. His Holiness was accompanied by protodeacon Damjan Bozic.
The Church calls St Constantine (306-337) “the Equal of the Apostles,” and historians call him “the Great.” He was the son o the Caesar Constantius Chlorus (305-306), who governed the lands of Gaul and Britain. His mother was St Helen, a Christian of humble birth.
At this time the immense Roman Empire was divided into Western and Eastern halves, governed by two independent emperors and their corulers called “Caesars.” Constantius Chlorus was Caesar in the Western Roman Empire. St Constantine was born in 274, possibly at Nish in Serbia. In 294, Constantius divorced Helen in order to further his political ambition by marrying a woman of noble rank. After he became emperor, Constantine showed his mother great honor and respect, granting her the imperial title “Augusta.”
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated, on Whit Monday, 1 June 2015, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the occasion of the Patrons Saint-day of the church at the Representation of the Patriarchate of Moscow in Belgrade - the church of Holy Trinity on Tasmajdan.
Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of
the Serbian Orthodox Church held in Belgrade May 14-29, 2015
The regular meeting of the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church took place at the Serbian Patriarchate took place at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade from May 14 – 29, 2015 under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej. Participating in the Assembly were all diocesan hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, with the exception of Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabra Bosna. Also present at the Assembly for the first time since the 2011 meeting was His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skoplje Jovan, released a few months prior from the Skoplje Idrizovo prison in large part through the efforts of His Holiness Russian Patriarch Kirill and the Russian Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the Serbian Orthodox Church to the measure possible.