Condolences of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej to The King of the Belgians

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej expressed to His Majesty King Philippe, The King of the Belgians, his condolences over a series of terrorist attacks committed in Bruxelles on March 22, 2016.

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To His Majesty
PHILIPPE of Belgium
Bruxelles – Laeken

Your Majesty,

We have been deeply disturbed by the news on terrorist attacks in Bruxelles. In particular, we grieve over the fact that these attacks took away many human lives, and that hundreds of them have been injured.

These are difficult times for the people of Belgium, but also for the entire civilized world. It is with pain that the Serbian Orthodox people are looking to the victims that lose their lives in the increasingly frequent terrorist attacks.

On behalf of the fullness of the Serbian Orthodox Church as well as on Our own behalf, please accept sincere condolences with Our prayers to the Lord, the only Merciful One, to grant an eternal repose to the souls of all the killed and comfort to their families and relatives in their pain as well as a quick recovery to the wounded.

SERBIAN PATRIARCH
I r i n e j

Prince Charles visited the Cathedral church of Saint George in Prizren

Serbian Orthodox Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and hegoumen of the Decani Monastery Archimandrite Sava, along with the clergy, students of the Prizren Theological Seminary and the faithful, welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the Cathedral church of Holy Great Martyr George in Prizren on 19 March 2016.

At the entrance to the churchyard the high guest was welcomed by Milica Djordjevic, the only Serbian child left in Prizren, who handed him in a bouquet of flowers. Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren addressed The Prince of Wales in the church, speaking of the significance of the sacred places of Kosovo and Metohija, sufferings that the Church and the people have gone through in recent years as well as about the restoration of the destroyed or damaged sacred monuments and, especially, about the restoration of the function of the historical Serbian Orthodox Theological Seminary of Prizren. The Prince Charles cordially greeted the seminarians who sang for him troparion of the Resurrection of Christ both in Serbian and English.

Prince Charles visited Monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj

His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Vicar Bishop Jeronim of Jegar and Venerable Archimandrite Isihije, prior of the Kovilj Monastery, with brotherhood, welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the monastery gate.

The sound of the monastery bells was being interchanged by chanting of the choir of Saint John of Damascus, which, in honour of the high guests, sang Doxology by Danilo Protopsalt as well as some hymns in English To Thee, the Champion Leader and The Lord bless you and keep you, verses that are usually sung to the British Monarch in the Westminster Abbey.

Sunday of Orthodoxy

Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the present; and one event which still belongs to the future.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Rejoicing today in the triumph of Orthodoxy on this first Sunday of Lent, we joyfully commemorate three events: one event belonging to the past; one event to the present; and one event which still belongs to the future.

The Prince of Wales visited the Serbian Orthodox Church

The Prince of Wales visited the Serbian Orthodox Church
The Prince of Wales visited the Serbian Orthodox Church
The Prince of Wales visited the Serbian Orthodox Church
The Prince of Wales visited the Serbian Orthodox Church

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales paid His first visit to the Serbian Patriarchate.

Belgrade, 16th March 2016. - Upon his arrival to the Patriarchate, there was a meeting between His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and His Royal Highness Charles, The Prince of Wales. Thereafter, the Serbian Patriarch and The Prince of Wales together visited the Patriarchal Chapel of Saint Symeon the Myrrh-Gushing, which the Serbian Orthodox Church for almost a century has offered to the Anglican Community to serve  Christmas services according to the Gregorian calendar. Consequently, the visit of Prince Charles to the Chapel has a special significance, since the chapel itself is a symbol of the historical friendship between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Church of England.

Serbian Patriarch meets with The Prince of Wales (photo)

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 16 March 2016.