A great deal of our media published these days news that no more no less than seventeen bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church asked for calling of a extraordinary Assembly so as to discuss there about events in the Diocese of Raska and Prizren.
Actually it is a rough misinformation - one of many within this theme - which was launched by someone unkown, and everyone else started repeating it, uncritically, not even checking the news at the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church or the services of the Holy Synod. No bishop has formally asked for the convocation of extraordinary Assembly, but many, virtually all, were interested - and they are still interested in - for the development of the situation because everyone, without exception, in the first place care about peace and love , good order and unity in our Church.
Today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia has received in an official visit a delegation of the Congress of Spain, led by president H.E. José Bono Martínez and H.E. Iñigo de Palacio España, the Ambassador of Spain in Serbia.
I am willing to accept the decisions of the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church, although I do not agree with them, said Bishop Artemije in his first public address since his dismissal from the administration of the diocese. Bishop Artemije called for unity in the Church.
Bishop Artemije said in Gračanica that he accepts the decisions of the Synod of the SOC, although he does not agree with them, in the expectation that the Assembly of the SOC will adopt the most suitable solution with respect to his dismissal and possible abuses in the operation of the Diocese of Raška and Prizren.
His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served last evening, on February 25 2010, Grand compline with Five-bread vessel and Morning service in the chapel of St. Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate.
The service, besides His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, also was attended prayerfully by lots of pious people of the capital. Today, on the occasion of the Patron Saint's Day of the Patriarchate chapel His Holiness will serve Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at 9 a.m.
Today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, awarded Dmitry Malishev, Advisor to the President of the Gazprom Neft, the Order of St. Sava of the Second Class. The formal awarding of a high distinction of our local Church was attended by Bishops of the Lord - members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno , HRH Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic with his wife Catherine, HE Aleksandar Konuzin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Serbia and Mr. Dragan Sutanovac, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia.
On Thursday, February 25, 2010, beginning at 5 p.m. Grand compline with Five-bread vessel and Morning service will be served in the chapel of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher at the Serbian Patriarchate court in Belgrade.
Tomorrow, on Friday of Second week of Lent, on February 26, 2010, commencing at 9 a.m. His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia will serve Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts with the concelebration of Bishops of our Holy Church. The choir of the First Belgrade Singing Society will sing.