The State funeral of Their Majesties King Peter II, Queen Alexandra, Queen Maria and His Royal Highness Prince Andrej is going to take place at Royal Mausoleum of St. George’s Church in Oplenac near Topola, on Sunday, May 26.
On Friday, 24 May 2013, from 9 am to 10 am the Liturgy will be officiated at the Chapel of St. Andrew the First Called at the Royal Compound in Dedinje. 10 am to 10.15 am the Requiem, then motorcade starts from the Royal Compound. On 10.30 am, remains of Their Majesties and His Royal Highness arrive to the Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel (“Saborna Crkva”) in downtown Belgrade. 10.30 am to 10.45 am the Requiem. From 11 am on – citizens paying respect.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch arrived in the monastery of Soko Grad on Saturday afternoon, 18 May 2013. In the church of Saint Nicholas a doxology was celebrated, and at 6 pm a vigil service was held with the participation of priests and monks of Ljubovija town. Following the service, the concert was held on the occasion of the great celebration of 20 years of the monastery of Soko, foundation of Bishop Lavrentije.
The regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops has begun today with the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at Belgrade’s Cathedral Church celebrated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, and in the attendance and concelebration of many diocesan bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Religious Freedom Today -
Emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan: 1700 years later
On Friday, May 17, 2013, the Ecumenical Patriarchate honored the 1700th anniversary of Emperor Constantine the Great's "Edict of Milan" by hosting an international and interfaith one-day seminar in collaboration with the Council of European Episcopal Churches at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The seminar -- which was held only days before the Orthodox Feast of Saints Constantine and [his mother] Helen as well as in the city founded by and named after Constantine the Emperor -- was generously sponsored by the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America. The joint moderators were Metropolitan Emmanuel of France (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Péter Cardinal Erdö (CCEE).
Icons and sacred items of this Treasury show us the way of light, good and cross, which is the perfect expression of love for God and neighbor, Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia pointed out at the opening of the Treasury.
Opening of the Treasury of the Church-school congregation of Zadar is the evidence that mutual work and love for beauty and goodness win in the end. This Treasury existed since 1984 and it was opened until recent tragic war in the 1990s, when due to its protection from war destructions it had to be closed and removed.