Sremski Karlovci: Memory of Metropolitan Anthony (Hrapovitsky)

Within the irenic visit of His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia to the Serbian Orthodox Church, the memorial plaque in honour of 150th anniversary of the birth of Metropolitan Anthony (Hrapovitsky) was consecrated in Sremski Karlovci on Saturday, 15 November 2014.

This memorial plaque was placed at the door of the Patriarchate Palace in Sremski Karlovci, which had been given at the disposal of Russian bishops in exile by the Serbian Orthodox Church after the First World War, and until 1946 it was the headquarters of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Upon the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, the consecration of the memorial plaque was performed by chairman of the Department of External Church Affairs of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.

Patriarch Kirill officiated Vesper service at the Russian church in Belgrade

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia served feast-day’s Vesper service (Translation of Relics of St. George) at Holy Trinity church in Belgrade

Faithful people waited since afternoon in front of the Russian church in Belgrade to greet His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on Saturday, the 15th of November 2014, and to find a place in the church which was too small to accommodate all of them. Bells of the Russian church marked the arrival of the Russian Patriarch, in whose escort there were Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Archbishop Michael of Geneva and Western Europe and Bishop Antonije of Moravica.

Chapel of Iveron solemnly celebrated

Patriarch Kirill consecrated the Russian Necropolis and the memorial ossuary to Russian soldiers.

On Saturday, 15 November 2014, His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia consecrated the restored Iveron Chapel, the renovated Russian necropolis and the memorial ossuary in the glory of Russian fighters killed in the First World War. The rite of consecration was attended by His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac and Serbian Patriarch with many Bishops of our Holy Church, as well as the members of the high delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate which is in the three-day visit to our Church. There were many Serbian priests and monks, as well as lots of Belgraders who also in this way expressed their gratefulness for every kind of help of the Russian brothers, not only in the wars.

Official talks at Serbian Patriarchate

After the prayerful gathering in the monastery of Rakovica, the primates of the Serbian and Russian Orthodox Church with the escort went to the Serbian Patriarchate where the official talks were held.

The official talks of the primates of the Serbian and Russian Orthodox Churches were attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac and Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, as well as Bishop Irinej of Backa, Bishop Antonije of Moravica, head of the Representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Moscow; Bishop David of Stobi and protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic, chief secretary of the Holy Synod. At the talks, on behalf of the Moscow Patriarchate, were present:  Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Office for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate (DECR); Bishop Sergiy of Solnechnogorsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Administrative Secretariat; protopresbyters: Nikolay Balashov,  DECR Vice-chairman ; Igor Jakimchuk, DECR secretary for inter-Orthodox relations; Andrei Milkin, chief of the Patriarchal Protocol Service.

Panichida to Patriarchs Dimitrije and Pavle in Rakovica

On Saturday, 15 November 2014, on the fifth anniversary of the blessed repose of Serbian Patriarch Pavle, in presence of a congregation of the faithful, who had come to welcome the primates of the Russian and Serbian Churches, the Holy Liturgy was celebrated in the monastery of Rakovica n. Belgrade.

It was so touching to see faithful from his birthplace Kuchanci, as well as from other places from East and Middle Slavonia, and, of course from other regions. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, in  presence of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and many bishops, priests, monks, nuns and pious people, celebrated the memorial service to Serbian Patriarchs Dimitrije and Pavle, beginning at 10:30 a.m.
On this occasion Serbian Patriarch Irinej expressed sincere gratitude to Patriarch Kirill for the prayers he offered on behalf of all the gathered and for the blessing he had brought to the Serbian people, especially on this day.