On Friday, the 15th of October, 2013, at Rakovica monastery, His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and the memorial service for Serbian Patriarch Pavle of the blessed memory, who reposed on that day in 2009.
Since the early morning the faithful people gathered in the Rakovica monastery, where, with the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana celebrated the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of the local clergy. The Bishop held a sermon after the memorial service for Patriarch Pavle. A large number of believers and admirers of Patriarch Pavle attended this prayerful gathering.
On this day we commemorate the translation of the relics of St. George, from Nicomedia, where he suffered at the time of Emperor Diocletian, to the city of Lydda in Palestine. The suffering of this wonderful saint is described on April 23. Anticipating his martyrdom, St. George begged his servant to take his relics to Palestine, where his mother had been born, and where he had distributed his large estate to the poor. The servant did so. During the reign of Emperor Constantine, pious Christians built a beautiful church to St. George in Lydda and, upon the consecration of that church, the relics of the saint were interred there. Innumerable miracles have occurred from these miracle-working relics of St. George, the great-martyr of Christ.
Among the countless miracles of St. George, this one is recorded: On the island of Mytilene there was a church dedicated to St. George the Great-martyr and Trophy-bearer. All the inhabitants of the island would come to this church on the annual feast of their patron saint. Knowing of this, the Saracens of Crete once attacked this island on its feast day, pillaged the island, and enslaved its inhabitants, taking many of them back to Crete.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana served yesterday, on the feast day of Sts. Cosmas and Damian the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of Holy Unmercenaries at the Clinical Centre of Serbia
The Bishop cut the slava cake along with the general director of the Clinical Centre, staff, patients, guests and the faithful. By congratulating the slava, Bishop Jovan conveyed the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch. In his sermon he reminded the present of the life of Holy Unmercenaries who were healing the sick with the God's help without expecting any reward.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on 12 November 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade Mr. Michael Davenport, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, with associates. His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana attended the meeting, as well.
President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic received His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Office of the President of Serbia yesterday.
The discussion was about resolving the open property and legal issues between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the state, as well as the problem of building of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate. In the talks there were involved: Vice President of the Government of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, Minister of Culture and Information Mr. Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Justice and State Administration Mr. Nikola Selakovic, the head of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate MSc Zoran Nedeljkovic and Director of the Directorate for the Property of the Republic of Serbia.