On Sunday morning, July 27, 2014, His All-Holiness presided over the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Church of St. George commemorating the Feast of St. Panteleimon, during which the consecration of Metropolitan Maximos (Vgenopoulos) of Selyvria took place.
Also concelebrating were Metropolitans Amfilohije of Montenegro, John of Pergamon, Meliton of Philadelphia, Ignatios of Demetrias, Pavlos of Glyfada, Chrysostomos of Patra, Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, and Athenagoras of Kydonies, as well as Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Orthodox Church's Western American Diocese and Archbishop Makarios of Qatar.
On the eve of the feast-day of Holy Archangel Gabriel there gathered a pleroma the Serbian Orthodox Church led by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, the Serbian capital.
The occasion for this solemn gathering was a proclamation of the newly-elected Bishop Sergije. Namely, in May of this year, the Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Very Venerable Sergije, Archimandrite of Saint Nicholas Monastery of Rmanj, Bishop of the Diocese of Middle Europe. His Holiness Irinej headed the rite of the proclamation along with Their Graces Bishops: Dimitrios of Saphitos (Church of Antioch), Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Pahomije of Vranje, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Marko of Bregalnica, as well as retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and retired Bishop Konstantine of Middle-Europe.
The Icon of the Mother of God, “Of the Three Hands”: In the ninth century during the time of the Iconoclasts, St. John of Damascus (December 4) was zealous in his veneration of holy icons. Because of this, he was slandered by the emperor and iconoclast Leo III the Isaurian (717-740), who informed the Damascus caliph that St. John was committing treasonous acts against him. The caliph gave orders to cut off the hand of the monk and take it to the marketplace. Towards evening St. John, having asked the caliph for the cut-off hand, put it to its joint and fell to the ground before the icon of the Mother of God. The monk begged Our Lady to heal the hand, which had written in defense of Orthodoxy. After long prayer he fell asleep and saw in a dream that the All Pure Mother of God had turned to him promising him quick healing.
Orthodoxy in Melbourne under the aegis of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Oceania commemorated the beginning of the First World War in the "Axion Estin" ("It is Truly Meet") Greek Orthodox Monastery in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 July 2014 with the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service.
The rite of consecration of newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe Sergije will take place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 26 July 2014. His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej will celebrate the solemn Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in this Cathedral church.
The solemn rite of the enthronement into the throne of bishops of Central Europe will be performed at the Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Himmelsthür on September 7th, 2014.
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The newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe Archimandrite Sergije (Karanovic) was born on 4 July 1975 in BackaPalanka, and was baptized as Zoran. His family originate from Boboljusci, near Martin Brod. He finished primary school in his native town, and in 1990, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa he attended the Seminary of Three Holy Hierarchs at Krka Monastery, Dalmatia. He finished school with great success in 1995, during the civil war in Croatia, before the suffering and exodus of the Serbs from Krajina. The same year he received blessing and a canonical release from Bishop Irinej of Backa and was accepted to the Diocese of Bihac-Petrovac, which suffered from the war destruction, in autumn 1995.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Professor Dr. Victor Tvircun, Secretary General of the Organization of the Black See Economic Cooperation at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received also today a delegation of the Scouts of Serbia, led by its President Mr. Branko Davidovic.