His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served on the feast of St. Theodosius the Great and Venerable Michael, on January 24, 2010, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of the Ascension of Our Lord in Belgrade.
Patriarch Irinej served with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of Chicago and Libertville, head of the temple presbyter Arsenije Arsenijevic, portopresbyter-staurophors Milan Radovanovic, Milosav Radojevic and Radic Radicevic, protopresbyter Jovo Planojevic, presbyters Predrag Timotijevic and Vladimir Stanimirovic, protodeacons Tomislav Milanovic, Stevan Rapajic and Nenad Mihailovic, as well as deacons Jovan Milenkovic and Stefan Cincarevic.
The act of the enthronement of the newly elected Holy Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, was performed today, on Saturday January 23, 2010, at the end of the conciliar holy hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia with the concelebration of his brothers Bishops, priests and deacons, and also the representatives of Russian and Greek Church.
The act of enthronement of the newly elected Holy Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, will be conducted at the end of the conciliar Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade tomorrow, on Saturday, January 23, 2010The Holy Liturgy is commencing at 9:00 am.
Today at the Election Assembly of bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church the new Patriarch of Serbia was elected.
In the early morning hours His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral , locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, served the Holy Hierarchal liturgy at the Cathedral church. His Eminence served with the concelebration of Bishops: Lukijan of Osijek Polje and Baranja, Jovan of Shumadia, Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Vicar Bishop of Teodosije of Lipljan and Antonije of Moravica.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilovic) of Serbia was born in the village of Vidova, near Cacak in 1930 by his father Zdravko and mother Milijana. When he was baptized he was named Miroslav. He finished the elementary school in his village, and then in Cacak he completed the high school. After the end of the high school he enrolled and completed a seminary in Prizren, and then he finished the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. Upon graduation, he went into the army. Following his return from the army he was soon appointed a professor of the Prizren seminary. Before taking the office of the professor in October 1959, at the Rakovica monastery he was tonsured by His Holiness Patriarch German, gaining the monastic name of Irinej.