Press Release of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro

Prime Minister Duško Marković decided to speak publicly about the meeting that he, the president of the state and our archbishops: Metropolitan Amfilohije and Bishop Joanikije, held a few days ago.

Since the Prime Minister made several claims, we are obliged to comment on the most important ones.

Statement of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro With the Clergy and Monkhood of Montenegro

Statement of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro With the Clergy and Monkhood of Montenegro

Dear Brothers and Sisters;
Dear Fellow Citizens;
Dear Friends,

Today is the birthday of the Church but also the second consecutive the Holy Trinity Day that we spend here in our country of Montenegro with anxiety, fearing that our nation’s government will act upon its announced intention of the nationalisation of our Church. It is the act of straightforward confiscation of Church property and the placing of Church affairs and its organisation under the administration of the state. Such plans most directly and brutally violate both international legal standards and the Constitution of Montenegro together with the religious canons. That is why we stand here today in front of the Montenegrin and international public raising our voice as loyal citizens and committed believers.

Traditional Pentecost Festivity in Valjevo, Serbia

The city of Valjevo celebrated its patron saint day - Pentecost Monday

His Grace Lavrentije, Bishop of Sabac and Acting Bishop of the Diocese of Valjevo, presided over  the Holy Archierarchal Liturgy in the church of the Resurrection of Christ in Valjevo. He was concelebrated by the clergy and monastics of the dioceses of Valjevo and Sabac whereas the church choir "Hadzi Ruvim" with their conductor Vanja Urošević was chanting responses. After the Holy Liturgy, His Grace Lavrentije officiated memorial service for the repose of soul of the former Bishop of Valjevo Milutin.

Metropolitan Amfilohije: The demolition of the monastery of St. Basil on Briska Gora is an unprecedented crime

His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, celebrated the Divine Liturgy with clerics in the monastery of Ostrog, next to the relics of Saint Basil the Wonderworker of Ostrog, on June 10, 2020.

In the liturgical sermon, Metropolitan Amfilohijepointed out that Saint Basil had been and remained a living witness of the truth of God for 350 years long and a healer from lies and deception, from false knowledge and false teachings. - Especially now he is that, at this moment when authorities of this country are demolishing the monastery of St. Basil on Briska Gora near Ulcinj, which was recently established, at the time when St. Basil builds up human souls and renews them, everywhere in the world and here. And when he calls upon for brotherly love and harmony of all, regardless of whether they are Orthodox or non-Orthodox - at that moment this crime of the current government is happening, a crime unremembered, said the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral.

Patron Saint-day of the church of the Holy Trinity in Belgrade

Whit Monday, the Patron Saint-day of the church of the Holy Trinity of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade, was celebrated with the solemn Patriarchal Liturgy.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Liturgy with  concelebration of archpriest Vitaly Tarasyev, principal of the church of Holy Trinity, and priests of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci: protodean Branislav Borota from the church of Saint Mark; archpriest Nebojsa Topolic, principal of the church of Holy Mother of God in Zemun; presbyter Ivan Delic from the Diocese of Banat; protodeacon Stevan Rapajic; deacon Vladimir Rumeni.