His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited on December 3rd, 2013 the church of the Resurrection of Christ in Holzmann street in Berlin
In front of the church Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by the head of the church, archpriest Dragan Sekulic, archpriest Veljko Gacic, episcopal dean for North East Germany and the church of Saint Sava in Berlin, archpriest Andrej Sikojev from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, archpriest Mikhail Kovalj from the Orthodox Church of Poland, presbyter Radomir Kolundzic, parish priest of the church of Saint Sava in Berlin, and priest Petar Dojkovic from the British-Scandinavian diocese.
On Tuesday, 3 December 2013 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the administrator of the Diocese of Middle Europe, visited the Serbian community in Berlin.
In early morning hours Serbian Patriarch went to Berlin by train. His Holiness was accompanied by episcopal dean protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic, protodeacon Damjan Bozic and the officer of the Diocesan office Mr. Carol Lupu.
On Monday, 2 December 2013 in morning hours Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited Orthodox Serbs and his church of Holy Emperor Lazar in Kassel.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by the Serbs from this town along with priest Simon Turkic from Frankfurt, the administrator of the parish. Presbyters Aleksandar Perkovic and Bosko Janjic served the parish. Serbian Patriach had a long talk with priests and the Administration. Episcopal dean protopresbyter-stavrophor was attended by protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic.
When the Most-holy Virgin Mary reached the age of three, her holy parents Joachim and Anna took her from Nazareth to Jerusalem to dedicate her to the service of God according to their earlier promise. It was a three-day journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem but, traveling to do a God-pleasing work, this journey was not difficult for them. Many kinsmen of Joachim and Anna gathered in Jerusalem to take part in this event, at which the invisible angels of God were also present. Leading the procession into the Temple were virgins with lighted tapers in their hands, then the Most-holy Virgin, led on one side by her father and on the other side by her mother. The virgin was clad in vesture of royal magnificence and adornments as was befitting the “King’s daughter, the Bride of God” (Psalm 45:13-15).
Following them were many kinsmen and friends, all with lighted tapers. Fifteen steps led up to the Temple. Joachim and Anna lifted the Virgin onto the first step, then she ran quickly to the top herself, where she was met by the High Priest Zacharias, who was to be the father of St. John the Forerunner. Taking her by the hand, he led her not only into the Temple, but into the “Holy of Holies,” the holiest of holy places, into which no one but the high priest ever entered, and only once each year, at that. St. Theophylact of Ohrid says that Zacharias “was outside himself and possessed by God” when he led the Virgin into the holiest place in the Temple, beyond the second curtain-otherwise, his action could not be explained. Mary’s parents then offered sacrifice to God according to the Law, received the priest’s blessing and returned home.
On Sunday, December 1st, 2013 after the visit to the church of Saint Luke in Dortmund and the parish of Saint Stephen in Essen, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Sava in Dusseldorf.
Before the arrival to the church, Serbian Patriarch visited a city cemetery in Dusseldorf. After the decision of the city authorities, a special part of this cemetery where Orthodox Serbs, Russians and Greeks are being buried has been determined recently. The church and courtyard were full of children and pious Serbs from Dusseldorf and surrounding area who waited for His Holiness.