In the Cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade on the occasion of the Patron Saint's Day of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, on Lazar's Saturday, March 27, 2010 Patriarch of Serbia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and Bishop Longin of Nova Grachanica-Midwestern America, nine protopresbyters-staurophors, two presbyters, three protodeacons and two deacons. Pontifical holiday was enhanced with prayerful chanting of the First Belgrade Singing Society. In an inspired sermon, Bishop Lavrentije of Shabac reminded the all present of this unique holiday. On the Holy Liturgy a great deal of the faithfull partook of the Holy Bread, among whom the majority were children.
His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch of Serbia, served the holiday vesper service on the eve of a great Christian feast day of the Entrance of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Jerusalem - Palm Sunday in the St. Marko church with the concelebration of the priesthood of this holy church. Following the consecration of willow branches there was a holiday procession around the church.
For failing to acknowledge and accept the decisions of the Patriarch and the Holy Synod, (monastery) administrator Benedikt and the monks of Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren (the five or six of them, because some are constantly moving from monastery to monastery without anyone's blessing) have been placed by the (diocesan) Bishop Administrator, in accordance to the canonical tradition of the Church, under the ban of religious service and Communion for forty days (until the Holy Assembly of Bishops in May).
Since the chapel of the monastery is dedicated to St. Lazarus of the Four Days and celebrates on Lazarus Saturday, and people came earlier with a couple of buses for the patron saint's day, Father Aleksandar Našpalić, the parish priest of Prizren, was instructed to go to the monastery on Saturday and serve Holy Liturgy. However, administrator Benedikt and the monks would not allow Father Naspalic to serve, boasting, "We are punished" and "There will be no Liturgy!" By such conduct these rebels want to provoke an outcry from the uninformed people and thus, in fact, are only making their situation worse, while increasing Bishop Artemije's responsibility before the Holy Synod and the Assembly, taking into account the fact that he remains their spiritual leader and could urge them to obey the Church but, unfortunately, this is something he is not doing.
Today at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia received in an official visit Mr. Dimitris Moshopoulos, the special representative of the EU for for the issues of religious and cultural heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo and Metohia. The meeting was attended by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, member of the Holy Synod, and Vicar Bishop Teodosije of Lipljan.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, in the presence of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej and His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, served today in the Patriarchate chapel in Belgrade, on the feast day of Annunciation after the new calendar, thanksgiving on the occasion of the Greek national holiday - Liberation day from the Turkish servitude and the remembrance on the liberation uprisings from 1821. The Thanksigiving was attended by His Excellency Ambassador of Greece Mr. Dimostenis Stoilis and respected representatives of the diplomatic cord, the Association of the Serbian-Greek friendship and the Greek community in Serbia.
His Beatitude Theodoros II visited the Orthodox School "Agios Athanasios" of the Metropolis, in Tembisa, Johannesburg25. March 2010 - 12:08
On 23 March 2010 His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by His Eminence Seraphim Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria and His Eminence George Metropolitan of Zimbabwe and Archimandrite Panteleimon Arathymos, Director of His Beatitude's Private Patriarchal Office, visited the Orthodox School "Agios Athanasios" of the Metropolis, in Tembisa, Johannesburg, where two hundred children from poor African families are being educated.