His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarchate received on 9 December 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade Mr. Valery Alekseyev, president of the International Fund for the Unity of Orthodox Peoples, with associates.
International Scientific Conference – “The Cyrillo-Methodian Tradition, the Language and the Mission of the Church in the XXI Century”10. December 2013 - 10:42
At the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the University in Belgrade, on 6 December 2013 there was held an International Scientific Conference “The Cyrillo-Methodian Tradition, the Language and the Mission of the Church in the XXI Century”.
Before the beginning of the great scientific conference, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the chapel of Saint John the Theologian. The dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology protopresbyter-stavrophor Professor Dr. Predrag Puzovic opened the conference and Bishop Irinej and protopresbyter-stavrophor Professor Dr. Vladimir Vukasinovic delivered addresses. Director of the Office for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Mileta Radojevic also attended the opening ceremony.
On the feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch – administrator of the Diocese of Slavonia, with the concelebration of all clergymen of the Diocese of Slavonia celebrated Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Pakra, which observes this feast as its church patron day.
On the eve of the feast-day Bishop Jovan visited the Cathedral church of Holy Trinity in Pakrac, where the bells were restored for the first time after the war in 1991, as well as the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Gavranica. Lots of faithful people welcomed the Bishop the vigil service was celebrated on the eve of the feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple.
Particle of the Precious Life-giving Cross of the Lord from the Holy City of Jerusalem for the first time in England9. December 2013 - 12:22
On request of Archbishop Gregory (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Archbishop Elysion (Moscow Patriarchate), the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Teophilos of Jerusalem allowed that the great holy shrine of the Christian world be brought to England.
The Holy Cross came on 29 November 2013 at the Greek Cathedral church of All Saints in London. On Saturday, 7 December 2013 at 3 p.m. the Precious Life-giving Cross was delivered to the Russian Orthodox church of the Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple in Manchester. Archbishop Elysion served the rite of supplication with concelebration of Russian clergy and protopresbyter-stavrophor Aleksandar Ilic, parish priest of the Serbian church of Saint John the Baptist in Halifax (Diocese of Britain and Scandinavia). The church was full with faithful who came to adore the Precious Cross.
On Thursday night, December 5th, after the visit to the Serbian community in Osnabrück, Serbian Patriarch arrived to the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog in Bielefeld.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by the principal of the church, archpriest Bogdan Smiljic with his congregation. Verz Revd. Smiljic officiated doxology with the concelebration of deacon Damjan Bozic.