His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India in Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate today, on January 21st, 2015.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received the President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on January 20th, 2015.
Prime Minister Vucic informed the Patriarch on his last week’s visit to Kosovo and Metochia, emphasizing that the position of Serbia was not easy, but Serbia should act responsibly, wisely and unanimously „This is an approach we need to take in solving all of our country’s problems, the Prime minister said, adding that the dialogue with the Serbian Orthodox Church plays an important role in this approach.
On the feast of Theophany, His Eminence Amfilohije,Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and a service of the Blessing of the Water at the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.
After the Liturgy at the Cathedral church, the Metropolitan blessed the waters under the ancient Nemanjic town, at the confluence of Ribnica into Moraca and in the presence of many believers from Podgorica, at noon. Following this, there was a traditional throwing of the Holy Cross into the water and swimming for it, in which 123 competitors participated.
The feast day's Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint George in Belgrade on Banovo brdo was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.
In the Orthodox Church it is customary, on the day following the Great Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God, to remember those saints who participated directly in the sacred event. So, on the day following the Theophany of the Lord, the Church honors the one who participated directly in the Baptism of Christ, placing his own hand upon the head of the Savior.
On the day of the feast of Theophany—the Baptism of the Lord—it is not out of place to remember another baptism: that baptism which was performed over each of us Orthodox Christians, that baptism at which each of us, by the mouth of our godparents, gave a promise to God that he would always renounce Satan and his works and would always unite himself, “join himself” with Christ.
This, I repeat, is especially fitting for this present day. The solemn rite of the Great Sanctification of Water will be performed shortly. Its center, its main part, one could say, is the majestic prayer wherein the Lord is glorified and the grace of the Holy Spirit is called down upon the water being sanctified. This prayer begins with the beautiful words: “Great art Thou, O Lord, and marvelous are Thy works, and no word sufficeth to hymn Thy wonders.” Whoever has been at a performance of the mystery of Baptism and was present attentively, knows that the prayer at the sanctification of the water in which a man will be baptized begins with these same words, and the first part of this prayer is completely the same, both at the Great Sanctification of Water and at the performance of the mystery of Baptism. And only later, in the last part, does the prayer at the performance of the mystery of Baptism change, as applicable to this mystery, when a new human soul will be baptized.