His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served today the Holy Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the Vavedenje monastery in Belgrade. After nuns and lots of people receive the sacrament, His Holiness consecrated wheat in the glory and honor of St. Theodore of Amasea and held a sermon with an interpretation of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.
His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended a formal presentation of the Vuk Award at the City Assembly in Belgrade. After he conveyed a blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, Bishop pointed out that the Church always blessed creativity and work in favor of the general benefit of the people and the fatherland.
Indifference in regard to Christian unity is not an option for the disciples of Jesus, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has stated in an encyclical issued on the occasion of the Sunday of Orthodoxy.
"It is not possible for the Lord to agonize over the unity of His disciples and for us to remain indifferent about the unity of all Christians," Bartholomew wrote in the encyclical. The Sunday of Orthodoxy is commemorated this year on 21 February.
The encyclical refutes "fanatical" challenges brought against theological dialogues among different Orthodox churches and against ecumenical contacts with the wider community of Christians by "certain circles that exclusively claim for themselves the title of zealot and defender of Orthodoxy."
Delegation of the Ministry of Culture of Serbia led by Minister Nebojsa Bradic visited today His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. The reception was attended by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the member of the Holy Synod of Bishops and Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno.
The first of the common Lenten services (listed on the calendar page of our site) was held at the Holy Ascension church in Rockford IL.