With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand presided over the Holy Eucharistic Assembly on the feast day of Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles - Pentecost at the God's church of the same name in Zemun. His Grace served with the concelebration of 7 presbyters and 3 deacons from the Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac. After the communion of the faithful who fulfilled this holy temple in a great number, and especially children of all ages among them. His Grace Bishop served also a holiday Pentecost evening service during which he read prayers which the Holy Church ordered to be read on this holy feast day, and prayed that Holy Life-giving Spirit pour upon all the gathered in this liturgical gathering.
Pious Russian people in Serbia today had a great liturgical celebration. The Podvorye of the Moscow Patriarchate and the church of Holy Trinity have celebrated today Patron Saint of the Church. On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia,His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar Bishop of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia served, in the church full of people, the Holy Hierarchal Lityrgy with the concelebration of priests and deacons. In the Divine Liturgy Mr. Petar Frolov, the counselor at the Embassy of the Russian Federation and Mr. Dragan Novakovic, assistant minister of Faith at the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
After the Ascension of Christ His disciples stayed in Jerusalem and in one room at the Zion frequently gathered and together they prayed the Lord awaiting impatiently the promised Comforter, The Holy Spirit, who proceeds from the Father. Matthias was voted in to replace Judas among the twelfe.
A church in the Belgrade suburb of Sremchica today has been a place of celebration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles, the Saint's feast day of this suburb. On the occasion of the Saint's feast day, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac. After the Holy liturgy, lots of gathered people took the Sacrament and His Grace Bishop served the feast evening service during which he prayed for all good from the Lord for this suburb, holy church, priesthood of this church and all faithful people refreshed by the force of the Holy Spirit in this temple. After the read prayers to the Lord and Salvation of Bishops he led the procession of priests and people around the church. On behalf of the brotherhood of the church Bishop was welcomed by their head protopresbyter-staurophor Miroslav Stikic who also thanked Bishop for his visit and wished him to live long and prosper. His Grace Bishop conveyed the Patriarchal blessing of His Holiness to the priesthood and gathered people and held a pastoral speech.
At the plateau facing the St Petka chapel, on the Kalemegdan, from June 4 - 10 2009 Whit ceremonies are being held. His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, has opened the Whit Ceremonies. On this occasion he has given a speech on the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles.
Closer academic relationships between St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and the Theological Faculty of the University5. June 2009 - 9:14
Discussions on closer academic relationships between St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, Serbia, took place in Crestwood, New York, on June 2nd and 3rd, 2009. Recognizing mutual academic and ecclesial benefits, the representatives of two institutions (Professor Fr. Vladan Perisic and Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic from Belgrade and Fr. John Behr, Fr. Chad Hatfield and Prof. John Barnett from St. Vladimir's) discussed formal relationship guidelines and conditions for a joint enterprise on master level.