Statement of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, on the occasion of political changes in Montenegro

Statement of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, on the occasion of political changes in Montenegro

I am very happy with the results of the elections and the change in Montenegro. I am especially glad that the new people will have a broader view at the problems. I think that they will use the right ways to solve the problems in that country and that Montenegro will return to the right path, that is, to the one on which it should be.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej

The beginning of the school year in the Seminary of Foca

His Eminence Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Sts. Basil of Ostrog and Peter of Cetinje at the Theological Seminary of Saint Peter of Dabar-Bosnia in Foca on 31 August 2020.

The Hierarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter Aleksandar Vidakovic, protopriest Ljubomir Prijovic, acting rector of the Seminary; presbyters Milos Janjic and Ranko Kovac, teacher of the Seminary, and deacons Budimir Gardovic and teacher Sinisa Bozic. At the end of the Holy Liturgy a rite of invocation of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the new school year 2020/21 was performed.

The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God at Rakovica monastery

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Rakovica on August 28, 2020, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by local clergy. The service was attended prayerfully by His Royal Highnesses Prince Filip Karadjordjevic and Princess Danica, State Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Miroslav Milickovic, and the President of the Municipality of Rakovica Mr. Milos Simic.

Serbian Information and Cultural Center "St. Sava" consecrated in Pljevlja

On the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, August 28, 2020, His Grace Atanasije, Bishop of Mileseva, together with the clergy of the deanary of Pljevlja, consecrated the premises of the Serbian Information and Cultural Center St. Sava in Pljevlja.

The premises of this Center were provided by the Serbian National Council of Montenegro, with a support of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. On that occasion, the Bishop awarded the Serbian Cultural Center “Patriarch Varnava” from Pljevlja with the high decoration of the Diocese of Mileseva, the Order of the White Angel of the second degree, for its love for the Serbian Orthodox Church, especially shown in the defense of Orthodox shrines in Montenegro.

Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Cathedral in Novi Sad

His Grace Dr. Irinej, Diocesan Bishop of Backa, presided over the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral in Novi Sad, with concelebration of Bishop Isihije of Mohács, archimandrites Procopius (Tajara) and Vasilije (Kostiс), priests and deacons of the Diocese of Backa, on 15/28. August 2020, which is the feast-day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God.

“The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God is the Feast of Her repose, when She leaves the earthly world and life and passes into eternal life, into the community and arms of Her Son and Lord.” The day of repose of the saints is celebrated as the day of their true birth, because death is not a transition into nothingness, non-existence, non-being, but a transition of the soul from the body into the Kingdom of God. This is especially true for the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotocos. Being the true, purest, holiest human being, She is the New Eve, the new true Mother of Life. Her death is a transition from death to life - life-giving death. This is emphasized in Church hymns of today's feast. The Most Holy Mother of God did not remain with her body in the grave, but God glorified her in a special way: God miraculously took her body, after a three-day rest in the grave, to Himself in heaven,” Bishop Irinej pointed out.