A blood donation action was held on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the presbytery of the Holy Transfiguration of Our Lord on Pashino Brdo in Belgrade, with the blessing of the head and brotherhood of the church, organized by the Choral Society TRANSFIGURATION, in a cooperation with the Blood Transfusion Institute of Serbia. After the Holy Liturgy, a fervent prayer for the sick was held, and at the beautiful churchyard priesthood and present believers could enjoy in a nice chanting of the choir "Transfiguration", led by conductor Bratislav Prokic, followed by the blood donation action.
Metropolitan Jonah of All America and Canada elected head of the Orthodox Church in America in November is to arrive in Russia on Saturday, according to a report posted on the Moscow Patriarchate website.
During his visit which will continue until May 4 Metropolitan Jonah will meet with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and visit holy places in Moscow, the Holy Trinity - St. Sergius Laura and the Valaam Monastery. Metropolitan Jonah and Patriarch Kirill will also jointly conduct religious services at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral on April 26 and at the Kremlin's Cathedral of the Assumption on May 3.
On Friday, April 24, 2009 at 10 A.M. , a delegation from the Russian Federation and representatives of this state in Serbia visited St Sava Cathedral. The delegation consisted of: Georgy Poltavchenko, a representative of the President of the Russian Federation, Aleksandar Petropavlovski, an counselor of the representative of the President of the R.F., Aleksandar Konuzin, an ambassador of the Russian Federation in Serbia, Evgeny Lukin and Oleg Buldakov, counselors of the Embassy, Svetlana Shevchenko, an attaché of the Embassy, Zurab Cereteli, a sculpist, Igor Kozlov, a sculptor assistant and Dmitry Malishev, a director of NIS company.
His Eminence Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia received today at the Patriarchate Court Manolis Lamdzidis, a president of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki, and Yorgos Kukutsilis, a legal advisor of Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as members of the Head board of the Bar Association.
Today at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has received the Revd Donald Reeves, an Anglican priest, a director of the Soul for Europe project, which has been working for ten years in the Republic of Srpska and the BH Federation. After the Paschal greeting, the Revd Donald Reeves conveyed greetings of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to Serbian people and the Church, and especially to Serbian Patriarch Pavle and Metropolitan Amfilohije. He has also asked for a blessing of the Serbian Church to go to a mission of peace in Kosovo and Metohija and to work on a reconciliation of population there, with a special wish to visit monasteries: Grachanica, Dechani and the Patriarchate of Pech.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, accompanied by Archimandrite Lazar (Caran) of the St. Sava Monastery in Elaine, participated in the celebration of Paschal Vespers on the Great Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord at the Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in Dandenong, Victoria The services were led by the Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Dr. Michael Protapopov, Dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, joined by other local hieromonks and deacons.