Communique - December 23, 2009

On Thursday, December 24, 2009 at the Saint Sava Memorial Cathedral on Vracar, beginning at 9:00am, the Divine Liturgy for the dead and forty-day memorial service will be served for Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose. The memorial service will be served at the end of Divine Liturgy, about 11:00 am. After that, at the monastery Rakovica on Patriarch's tomb, a small commemoration will be served.

On that occasion and in prayerful remembrance of Patriarch Pavle, as well as of days from November 15 till 19, 2009 when hundreds of thousands of people participated in magnificent funeral procession of their First Hierarch - the Information and publishing institution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in cooperation with the Ministry of Faith, has published a photo album entitled From Death into Life.

St. Nicholas Day in Djurdjevi Stupovi

On a feast day of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Archbishop of Myra, His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje and Niksic served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi near Berane.

Archbishop Hilarion leads celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand

A reception was given on 19 December 2009 on behalf of the Russian Orthodox Church to mark the 10th anniversary of Orthodoxy in Thailand. The celebrations were led Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate department for external church relation as head of an official delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate.

HRH Prince Mihailo celebrates Family Patron Saint in Mona Vale

On Sunday, 13 December 2009 at the Pro-Cathedral of St Sava His Grace Bishop Irinej celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in commemoration of the Feast of St Andrew the First Called. For the very first time HRH Prince Mihailo Karadjordjevic celebrated his family Slava at our Parish which his late father +HRH Prince Tomislav visited back in 1991. During the liturgy, His Grace Irinej spoke of the life of St Andrew who was the first-called of the Apostles and was crucified for Christ on a cross in the shape of an "X". St Andrew the First-called is also the Patron Saint of Constantinople Patriarchate in addition to the Royal House of Karadjordjevic.

St. Nicholas Day at monastery of Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple

Today's feast of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Archbishop of Myra - St. Nicholas Day was officially celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of The Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple on Senjak in Belgrade. A large number of the faithful gathered today at the Holy Liturgy to prayerfully celebrate St. Nicholas.

The Holy Liturgy was served by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, with the concelebration of three priests and five deacons. During the Liturgy, Metropolitan was ordained Borislav Petric to deacon, who works at the office of the Holy Synod of Bishops.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Appear on 60 Minutes Segment on Orthodox Christianity

His All Holiness Bartholomew, the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians who constitute the second largest Christian denomination in the world, will be featured on the CBS News program 60 Minutes reported by Bob Simon, scheduled to air on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 7 p.m. EST. The segment will focus on the Orthodox Church, the most ancient Christian church, and its development from its earliest years to modern times in what is now the Republic of Turkey.