State Day and Patron Saint-day of Republic of Srpska

On the occasion of the Patron Saint-day and the State Day of the Republic of Srpska, His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedal church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka on the feast-day of H0ly First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen, on 9 January 2018.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia, Bishop Jefrem of Banjaluka, Bishop Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla and Bishop Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac and local priests.

His Holiness said that the Republic of Srpska has to be preserved, because it is the only way that the Serbian people on these areas could protect their name and cultivate their culture.

According to Tanjug, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch stressed: - People can talk many things, but we see how much President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, with associates,  fights to save Kosovo and Metohija, that the holiest part of our country, our Jerusalem, our Palestine, our Holy Land, with all those numerous, great and glorius sanctities.
- We thank the Lord for granting us a man who fights as a lion for the Serbian people, and especially for martyred and tormented Kosovo and Metohija, Patriarch Irinej said.

The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was attended by President of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik, President of the National Assembly of Srpska Nedeljko Cubrilovic, Prime Minister of the Government Zeljka Cvijanovic, ministers in the Government of Republic of Srpska, other high officials of Srpska, as well as presidents of political parties in Republic of Srpska.The Holy Liturgy was also attended by Secretary General of the President of Serbia Nikola Selakovic as Mr. Vucic’s special envoy, ministers of the Government of Republic of Serbia Nebojsa Stefanovic and Aleksandar Vulin, Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine and lots of faithful people.

After the Liturgy, for the glory and honour of Holy First Martyr and  Archdeacon Stephen, the Patron Saint-day of Republic of Srpska, the slava wheat and cake were blessed.



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Patriarchal Liturgy at the church of Nativity of Mother of God in Zemun

On the second day of the feast day of the Nativity of the Lord and our Saviour Jesus Christ, 8 January 2018, when our Orthodox Church celebrates the Synaxis of the Mother of God, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zemun (photo gallery ).

Christmas Holy Liturgy at Visoki Dečani

Christmas Holy Liturgy at Visoki Dečani Monastery today. Beside our guests and pilgrims we hosted today at the celebration the KFOR Commander the Italian General Cuoci with his officers and representatives of the Italian and Slovenian KFOR.

SOLEMN HIERARCHICAL LITURY IN BELGRADE ON CHRISTMAS

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Prince Lazar ин the crypt of the Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral in Belgrade on the joyous feast-day of the Nativity of the Lord – Christmas, 7 January 2018.

In addition to lots of faithful people, the solemn festive service was attended by Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine; Mr. Nikola Selakovic, envoy and Secretary General of the President of the Republic of Serbia; Mr. Ivica Dacic, First Vice President of the Government and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Mining and Energy; Mr. Goran Vesic, City Manager; Mr. Marko Nikolic, Phd, Deputy Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities; Apostolic Nuncio Luciano Suriani; Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar; representatives of the traditional Churches and religious communities, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as by people from the cultural and public life of the capital.

St. Nicholas in Steelton - Hierarchical Visit and Ordination

St. Nicholas in Steelton - Hierarchical Visit and Ordination
St. Nicholas in Steelton - Hierarchical Visit and Ordination
St. Nicholas in Steelton - Hierarchical Visit and Ordination
St. Nicholas in Steelton - Hierarchical Visit and Ordination

This year, for the Feast of St. Nicholas, His Grace, Bishop Irinej once again increased our joy by visiting our St. Nicholas community.  

The festivities began with the Church School St. Nicholas Project, which included our children offering their time and talents as they mounted icons in order to sell in support of Princess Katherine’s LIFELINE charity.  Lifeline is an organization dedicated to easing the suffering of the orphaned children of the recent wars in the lands of former Jugoslavija. 

Bishop David and Metropolitan Porfirije served on Mother’s Day in Ljubljana

Bishop David and Metropolitan Porfirije served on Mother’s Day in Ljubljana
Bishop David and Metropolitan Porfirije served on Mother’s Day in Ljubljana
Bishop David and Metropolitan Porfirije served on Mother’s Day in Ljubljana
Bishop David and Metropolitan Porfirije served on Mother’s Day in Ljubljana

On the Sunday of the Forefathers, when the Mother’s day in the Serbian Church is celebrated, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Krusevac served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije, PhD, of Zagreb-Ljubljana, inthe church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The local clergy concelebrated with the Hierarchs. Many beliviers attended the service.

Patriarchal Nativity Encyclical 2017

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2017

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By the Grace of God

Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:

PEACE FROM GOD! CHRIST IS BORN!

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new!”

 (II Corinthians 5:17)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The foundation of God's New and Eternal Covenant was laid on this very day, the first Christmas in history. Because today, our beloved spiritual children, the preeternal God accomplished a work greater than the creation of the universe and fulfilled the promise given to our first parents, the promise that the prophets had foretold from time immemorial, and which the Most Pure, the Most Blessed and Ever-Virgin Mary accepted in peace. God the Logos became man and dwelt among men. (cf. St. John 1:14) The Son of the Heavenly Father became a contemporary of mankind so that man could become co-eternal with God. The Lord Almighty “emptied himself, taking the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:7) and became one in body with our lowliness, so that he could make us equal to the image of His glory. That is why the Godly-wise Apostle Paul elatedly said: “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past understanding!” (Romans 11:33)