Today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has received his first official visit from His Excellency Dr. Clemens Koja, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Serbia. The reception was attended by His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia served on February 11, 2010 the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of St. Aleksandar Nevsky in Belgrade. His Holiness Patriarch served with the concelebration of deacons and priests of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac. Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, serving priests and all the gathered prayerfully celebrated Holy Three Hierarchs - Basil the Great, John Chrysostom and Gregory the Theologian.
Today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia accompanied by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa, the member of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno received in separate meetings, Their Excellencies the ambassadors of: Germany - Mr. Wolfram Mass, France - Mr. Jean-François Terral and Great Britain - Mr. Stephen Wordsworth.
This has been the first meeting of the ambassadors of Germany, France and Great Britain and Patriarch Irinej of Serbia since his accession to the throne of First Hierarchs of Serbia. All three ambassadors congratulated Patriarch of Serbia on election, and he thanked them with warm words for the visit.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia tomorrow will serve the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the St. Aleksandar Nevsky church in Belgrade.
His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno will serve the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at Belgrade's St. Marko church. NOTE.
On Wednesday, January 27, on the Serbian feast of the holy hierarch St. Sava, His Grace Jerome, Bishop of Manhattan (Russian Church Abroad), celebrated the Divine Liturgy in St. George Serbian Church in Elizabeth, NJ. Shortly before the greeting of Vladyka, the wonder-working Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God arrived at the church, accompanied by diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov. A special and unexpected joy occurred in church: the genuine unity in Holy Orthodoxy of the Russian and Serbian peoples was tangible when, instead of the parish choir, the entire church sang the Divine Liturgy in Slavonic and Serbian.
As the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2010 will prayerfully remember St. Symeon the God-Receiver on Tuesday of the first week of the Great Fast we inform the faithful who will be celebrating their Krsna Slava on that day that they celebrate it instead on Saturday, February 13, 2010, on Cheesefare Saturday.
According to the Great Typicon, chapter 42, we remind all faithful that the Holy Three Hierarchs will be celebrated on Thursday, February 11, instead of Friday, expect in the event that the church is dedicated to this feast, then it is celebrated on the day of the feast.
According to the Great Typicon, chapter 44, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord in the Temple will be served on Sunday, February 14, since the actual feast falls on the first day of the Great Fast.