Welcome address of Bishop Dr. Irinej of Novi Sad and Bačka at the opening of the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, Novi Sad, May 31, 2018

Your Holiness,Your Eminence,Your Excellency,Your Graces Metropolitans, Archbishops and Bishops,Fathers, brothers and sisters,Distinguished participants and guests of the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches,

I warmly welcome you on behalf of the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Diocese of Bachka as well as in my own name.

2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches opens in Novi Sad

2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches opens in Novi Sad
2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches opens in Novi Sad
2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches opens in Novi Sad
2018 General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches opens in Novi Sad

At the Master Center in Novi Sad, on 31 May 2018, the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) was opened. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, reminded the present of sufferings of the Serbian people and the Serbian Church in Kosovo and Metohija and asked them to raise their voice in the fight against unjust and  violent takeover of Kosovo and Metohija – the territory of the Republic of Serbia. His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa pointed out that Serbia and Novi Sad throughout centuries of their existence were and have remained a place of meetings, dialogue and cooperation between Churches, religions, peoples and cultures. – Christian culture is the basis of mutual respect and harmonious common life in Vojvodina, President of the Provincial government Mr. Igor Mirovic said.

Social imbalance in Europe, challenges for the Church, persecution of Christians in Syria and Iraq, freedom of religion and justice for minority and majority communities, evidence of climate change, just share in God's land and its wealth, migration in Europe - topics about which more than 500 participants of the General Assembly of the Conference of European Churches talk in Novi Sad, from May 31 to June 6, 2018 (the official website - www.assembly2018.ceceurope.org ).

Seattle Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava

 Seattle Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava
 Seattle Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava
 Seattle Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava
 Seattle Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava

On the Seventh Sunday after Pascha, parishioners of St. Sava Church in Seattle celebrated their Patronal Feast Day - Transfer of the Relics of St Sava.

His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America served the Divine Liturgy together with Rev. Protopresbyter Serafim Gascoigne from the Church of the Holy Protection of the Theotokos, Seattle, Rev. Protopresbyter Irenaeus Williams from the Holy Resurrection Church, Tacoma, and parish priest Rev. Zoran Aleksic. After reading of the Holy Gospel, addressing the, Bishop Maxim spoke about the blessing of our Lord that assured the Apostles, during this period from His Resurrection to Ascension, that He is the Son of God and the Redeemer of the world. We also, as His disciples, receive from these Feast days the comfort, joy, strength, and at the same time the knowledge that the Lord Jesus Christ is with us until the end of time.

Patriarch serves in the church of Holy Trinity

Patriarch serves in the church of Holy Trinity
Patriarch serves in the church of Holy Trinity
Patriarch serves in the church of Holy Trinity
Patriarch serves in the church of Holy Trinity

On Bright Tuesday, 29 May 2018 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade.

The Primate of the Serbian Church was concelebrated presbyters parish priest of the church of Holy Trinity Borjan Antic, Vukasin Teofilovic from Lestani and Branislav Borota from Arandjelovac, as well ads deacon Branislav Jocic. His Eminence Metropolitan Jacob of Mytilene also attended the service.

Many parishioners and believers from all Belgrade attended the service.

Feast-Day of the Holy Pentecost in Cathedral church in Novi Sad

Feast-Day of the Holy Pentecost in Cathedral church in Novi Sad
Feast-Day of the Holy Pentecost in Cathedral church in Novi Sad
Feast-Day of the Holy Pentecost in Cathedral church in Novi Sad
Feast-Day of the Holy Pentecost in Cathedral church in Novi Sad

On the Sunday of the Holy Pentecost, on 27 May 2018, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa celebrated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of the Bishop electus of Osijek-Polje and Baranja Heruvim (Djermanovic), protopresbyter-staurophor Nikola Bilic, parish at the church of Saint Great Martyr George in Sidney, brotherhood of the Cathedral church and some deacons of Novi Sad at the Cathedral church in Novi Sad.

During the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Irinej elevated abbot Heruvim, the head of the monastery of the Ascension of the Most Holy Mother of God in Dalj and elected Bishop of Osek-Polje and Baranja, to the rank of Archimandrite.

Saint Nicholas Slava celebration in Monroeville

Saint Nicholas Slava celebration in Monroeville
Saint Nicholas Slava celebration in Monroeville
Saint Nicholas Slava celebration in Monroeville
Saint Nicholas Slava celebration in Monroeville

On Sunday, May 20th, the day our Holy Orthodox Church celebrates and commemorates the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council of Nicea, the parish of St. Nicholas Church in Monroeville, PA, also celebrated its feast day and Slava, the Transfer of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonder-worker from Myra (today's Turkey) to the city of Bari (today's Italy).

Holy and Divine Liturgy was served and celebrated by the host priest, Very Rev. Fr. George Veselinovic together with visiting clergy the Very Rev. Fr. Andrej Aleksejev, Very Rev. Fr. Rodney Torbic, Rev. Fr. Branislav Golic and the Very Rev. Deacon Jovan Anicic.