This was the first St. Sava celebration since the cathedral was severely damaged by fire. The most beautiful aspect of the slava celebration was the general atmosphere of delight which, thanks to the children of the Serbian School and the folklore group “Opancici,” prevailed in the hall of St. Eleutherios Greek Orthodox Church, which was so full that there were not enough seats for everyone.
On the feast-day of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus (Candlemas,) after the Gregorian calendar, Anglican Lord Bishop Richard Chartres of London with the solemn mass said farewell to the active service.
Starting with the 28th February he will be retired and he will hold only a duty of a chaplain of the Royal Court until election of his successor. Richard Chartres, who was born in 1947, is one of the most prominent personalities of the Church of England and the Anglican Communion in XX and XXI centuries. He is particularly well-known for his love towards the Orthodox Church and orientation to the Orthodox East, which corresponds to his traditionalist view of the world and the Church too.
On February 2nd, 2017, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, presented an Order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree to Mr. MilovanVitezovic at the Serbian Patriarchate.
The solemn award ceremony was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Their Graces Bishops: Irinej of Backa, Justin of Zica, Fotije of Dalmatia and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren. In the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops, which was read during the ceremony by the Secretary general of the Synod, protopresbyter-staurophor Dr. Savo Jovic, was pointed out that the high distinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree was handed to Mr. Milovan Vitezovic, writer and playwright from Belgrade, for his demonstrated love for the Holy Mother Church, as well as for decades-long fruitful work in the field of Serbian literature and culture, persistently contributing to the preservation of spiritual and traditional values and the Serbian people.
On the feast-day of Saint Sava, His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren served the Holy Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint George in Prizren with the concelebration of the local clergy, students of the Seminary and faithful.
Following the Liturgy the celebration of the greatest Serbian Saint and Enlightener was continued at the Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Prizren where students of the Seminary prepared a cultural and art program.
On the feast-day of Saint Sava, the first Archbishop of Serbia and Enlightener of the Serbian people, 27 January 2017, His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in Vienna.
On this occasion the Bishop ordained Deacon Filip Milunovic as priest.
The church was full of the faithful. At the service, the Bishop and clergy cut the slava cake and blessed this year’s Church donators– family Rankovic from Vienna. After the Holy Liturgy a solemn luncheon was prepared for all the present at the Bishop’s residence.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Sinisa Mali, Mayor of Belgrade, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on February 1st, 2017.
The audience was attended by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch, and protopresbyter-staurophor Stojadin Pavlovic, Director of the Administration Office of the Serbian Patriarchate.