Metropolitan Porfirije: There will be challenges, but we will never lose faith that God is with us

From the first day, the Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb- Ljubljana was with the people who suffered terrible losses after a series of devastating earthquakes in Sisak, Glina and Petrinja, as well as the surrounding villages in Croatia.

In these difficult days, once again, as he says, it has been shown that tragedies unite people, and that the Serbian Orthodox Church does not look at who is of which nationality and religion, but offers solidarity and love to everyone. In an interview with the daily newspaper Kurir, Metropolitan Porfirije says that he will not forget the faces of people, especially of  children, full of fear and anxiety, after they had lost everything they had in just a few minutes. He points out that he was moved by the speed with which the institutions from Serbia reacted to help the endangered.

Bishop of Pozega and Bishop of Slavonia visited the Diocese of Gornji Karlovac

On 15 January 2021, Bishop of Pozega Msgr.  Antun Skvorcevic, PhD, and His Grace Bishop Jovan of Slavonia accompanied by the host, His Eminence Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, visited the territory of the Diocese of Gornji Karlovac affected by a series of devastating earthquakes in December 2020.

The Bishops and the Bishop Skvorcevic visited the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Glina, after which they visited the Vekic and Nogic families in the village of Ravno Rascee, as well as the Church of the Resurrection of the Lord in the village of Majske Poljane, which was completely destroyed after the earthquake.

The President of the Provincial Government visited the Diocese of Srem

Renovation of the Cathedra chufch, the Patriarchal Palace and the Boarding School of the Theological Seminary

His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem accompanied by the Rector of the Theological Seminary, archpriest Jovan Milanovic, the head of the Cathedral Church, and priest Dusko Maslaric, the Secretary of the Diocese, received Mr. Igor Mirovicć, President of the Provincial Government, with the delegation  at the residence in Sremski Karlovci on January 13, 2021. The delegations consisted of  Provincial Secretary for Culture, Public Information and Relations with Religious Communities, Ms. Dragana Milosevic; Provincial Secretary for Regional Development, International Cooperation and Local Self-Government, Mr. Alexander Sofic, as well as Mr. Nedeljko Kovacevic, director of the Capital Investment Administration of Vojvodina.

Sremski Karlovci: Beginning of the New Year of the Lord and the Name day of Bishop Vasilije of Srem

According to the already established liturgical order of the Holy Church, rejoicing in New Year of the Lord and the blessings that will bring us, the beginning of the New Year and the name day of His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem were solemnly marked in Cathedral Church in Sremski Karlovci.

The feast day's Vesper service was served by head of the Cathedral church archpriest Jovan Milanovic, rector of the Seminary, with the concelebration of deacon Djordje Milidrag. Clergy and professors of the Seminary sang responses. At midnight, Karlovci's "Bimba", the biggest bell of the Cathedral church, sounded a beginning of the New Year of the Lord and call all to enter the New Year with a prayer. The supplication service was served by His Grace Bishop Vasilije of Srem with the concelebration of archpriest Jovan Milanovic and deacon Goran Vlasac. 

Patron Saint-Day in the Bishop's Palace in Novi Sad

On the feast day of the Circumcision of the Lord and the memory of Saint Basil the Great, Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, a Patron Saint-day of the side chapel in the Bishop's palace in Novi Sad was celebrated. 

The celebration of the feast daty of the side chapel in the Bishop's palace commenced in the evening of the Eve of the feast day. In the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, PhD, the feast day's Vesper service was celebrated by archrpriest Miodrag Sipka with the concelebration of deacon Branko Bandobranski. On the feast day, 14 January 2021, the feast day's Matin was celebrated by archpriest Vladan Simic, Secretary of the Diocese of Backa, with the concelebration of deacon Branko. Bishop Isihije of Mohacs officiated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of Archimandrite Serafim (Baltic), archpriest Grigorije Sapsaj, protodeacon Goran Botoski and hierodeacon Justin (Zivanic). Bishop Irinej of Backa, PhD, attended prayerfully the Liturgy.