His Holiness Irine, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, January 18th, 2017.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Cathedral church. At the end of the Liturgy, Serbian Patriarch served the rite of the Great Blessing of Waters and held a sermon.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on January 16th, 2017.
The reception was attended by Mr. Dragan Makojevic, Director of the Charity Organization of the Serbian Orthodox Church “Philanthropy”. They deliberated continuation of the successful cooperation of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy with the Foundation “Philanthropy” that has operated with the blessing and support of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as possibilities of an investment into social welfare institutions. In addition, Patriarch Irinej and Minister Vulin discussed about the position of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija and the current migrant crisis.
Children’s Choir in the crypt of St. Sava
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, upon the invitation of the brotherhood of the Saint Sava Cathedral, a Christmas and New Year’s Concert of the Children’s Choir “Branko” from Nis was held in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in the district of Vracar on Sunday, 15 January 2017.
On the feast-day of the Nativity of Christ His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan celebrated in the Stauropegial monastery of Saint John Chrysostom in Nizepolje, Bitola.
His Grace Bishop of Polog-Kumanovo and Locum Tenens of Debar-Kicevo Joakim celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Kumanovo, while His Grace Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum Tenens of Bitola Marko officiated in Stip. It was in Skopje that His Grace Bishop of Stobi and Locum Tenens of Strumica David celeb rated the festal Divine Liturgy. Christmas liturgies were performed aso in other churches of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid as well.
The feast of the Nativity of the Christ Child was solemnly celebrated at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton.
On eve of the feast, Badnje Vece, the church was filled with the faithful people who came from all over south Ontario that in joy they begin the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Metropolitan Dositej was born in Belgrade in 1887. He took Master of Theology from Kiev Religious Academy in 1904. He spent two years at the University of Berlin studying theological and philosophical science followed by philosophy studies at Leipzig. From 1907 to 1909 he taught at the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade.
He studied at the Sorbonne and the College of Social Sciences, Paris from 1907 to 1909 and in Geneva from 1910 to 1912. Besides his native Serbian, he was fluent in Russian, Czech, German and French. He also learned Bulgarian and English. In 1899, he was ordained to the rank of the monk at the monastery of Manasija. In May 1913, the Holy assembly of bishops of the Kingdom of Serbia elected him as a bishop. Subsequently, he was consecrated as the bishop of Nis on 25 May 1913.