The Great Church Court of the Serbian Orthodox Church was in session on June 11 of this year and then, unanimously, confirmed and in this way strengthen the verdict of the Church Court of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic by which protosyngellos Simeon, the former head of the monastery of Banjska near Zvecan, was deprived of the office and monastic rank and brought back among the laity with his lay name Dejan Vilovski and excluded from the church community in three years; and the verdict of the same Court by which monk Antonije, the former brother of the monastery of Crna Reka in Raska, was deprived of the monastic rank, brought back among laity with his lay name Dragan Davidovic and excluded from the church community in two years.

Decisions of the Great Church Court are final and executive.


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Delivers: Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa

Consecration of St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Church in North Carolina

The first Sunday after Pentecost is All Saints Sunday, and the coinciding Gospel reading is from St. Matthew chapter 10, where Jesus called His first disciples. His disciples would witness to His teaching and continue to spread the faith after His resurrection; and on this past Sunday this same faith and teaching is continuing in Kernersville North Carolina with the consecration of St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church. Our community's faith in the face of continuous struggles has culminated in this wonderful event for many Orthodox faithful in the surrounding area of North Carolina.

The Feast Day of Saint Luke of Simferopol chapel at the Military Medical Academy

With the blessing of His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno will serve the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of St. Luke of Simferopol at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade on Friday, June 11, 2010 commencing at 9am.

Patriarch IRINEJ served a memorial service to Prince Mihailo

His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch in the presence of representatives of Ministry of Defence and General Staff of the Military of Serbia, City of Belgrade, as well as representatives of associations for cherishing traditions of liberation wars of Serbia, served today in the Belgrade Cathedral church the memorial service to Prince Mihailo Obrenovic.

At the prayerful memorial service to Prince Mihailo, His Holiness was concelebrated by His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno and brotherhood of priests of the Cathedral church.

Patriarch IRINEJ attended the Annual Assembly of the SASA

His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch attended today the Annual Assembly of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The meeting was opened by academician Nikola Hajdin, the president of the SASA, and there were also present Mr. Nebojsa Bradic, the minister of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the Belgrade and Novi Sad University, the Belgrade City Assembly, the Crown Council, Matica Srpska and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

International Symposium of Byzantologists in Nis

Since 2001 in Nis, the International Symposium on Nis and Byzantium has been held traditionally within the celebration of the feast day of the city - Czar Constantine. This symposium gathers scientific elite from the whole world from the areas of art history, archeology, history, theology and literature. The history of the early Christian period of Nis is supported by the new scientific arguments and in a great part it differs in comparison with the knowledge which had been available before the beginning of holding the scientific symposium since 2002, said today one of the founders of this symposium Dr. Misa Rakocija.

Patriarch IRINEJ meets with great friends of the Serbian people

His Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch received today in the Serbian Patriarchate High Reverend archimandrite Partenios (Macheryotis), representative of the Greek Orthodox Church which for years he had been delivering help of the brotherly Greek people to the suffering Serbian people from Krajina, through the Republic of Srpska till Kosovo and Metohija.

For his efforts and love toward the Serbian people and its Holy Church father Partenios was awarded at the end of the March of this year the highest distinction of the SOC - the order of St. Sava of the First degree.