The Feast of Pentecost in California

On Pentecost Sunday, June 23rd, Holy Trinity Church of Moraga, California, held its Slava with Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Maxim with co-celebrants, Father Vasilije Cvijanovic, pastor of Holy Trinity; Father Dusan Bunjevic; Father Slobodan Jovic, St. Michaels of Saratoga; Father Djurica Gordic, St. John the Baptist of San Francisco; Father Zoran Savic, St. George of Oakland; and special guest Father Stamatis Skliris of Athens, Greece.  Father Skliris delivered a very moving  homily, in Serbian, on the importance and meaning of Pentecost Sunday.  The joyous responses were led by the students from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Anglican Bishop of Europe visits Serbian Patriarchate

Anglican Bishop of Europe visits Serbian Patriarchate
Anglican Bishop of Europe visits Serbian Patriarchate
Anglican Bishop of Europe visits Serbian Patriarchate
Anglican Bishop of Europe visits Serbian Patriarchate

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch recieved on June 22nd Right Revd Geoffrey Rowell, Anglican Bishop of Europe. His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana, Vicar to the Serbian Patriarch, and presbyter Vladimir Vranic attended the meeting. Bishop Rowell visited His Holiness to inform him about his announced retirement from the bishop's throne in November of current year. 

The court process against Archbishop Jovan, Bishops, monastics and faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has ended

In the Court of First Instance Skopje I, in Skopje, the politically staged court process against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, the Bishops: Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi, against the monastics and the faithful people of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric has ended.

The court process has undoubtedly shown that it is a case of state persecution on religious grounds. Although the persecution has no evidence for the sentence it proposes, there is a very obvious intent, with an in advance reached political verdict, to sentence the unjustly accused, solely because of their religious affiliation, in order to confiscate the property of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric for the benefit of the schismatic MOC (Macedonian Orthodox Church), which – on the other hand – would additionally complicate the position of the unrecognized MOC in the eventual future talks for their return to the catholicity of the Church!

The verdict is to be pronounced on July 2nd, 2013.

Serbian Patriarch meets with President of Greece

Serbian Patriarch meets with President of Greece
Serbian Patriarch meets with President of Greece
Serbian Patriarch meets with President of Greece
Serbian Patriarch meets with President of Greece

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on 19 June 2013 His Excellency Carolos Papoulias, the President of the Republic of Greece, who is in the official visit to the Republic of Serbia and President Mr. Tomislav Nikolic.