The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded His Excellency Mr. Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, with the highest medal of the Serbian Orthodox Church – the Order of Saint Sava of the First Degree.
President Lukashenko received the Order during his visit to the Republic of Serbia, at the solemn Patriarchal Hall in Belgrade, on 12 June 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the sidechapel of Saint Luke of Simferopol at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. The clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac concelebrated to the Patriarch.
The director of the Military Medical Academy (MMA) along with doctors, the staff and the faithful people from different parts of Serbia and Belgrade, as well as patients of this hospital, attended the Holy Liturgy.
On Whit Monday, 9 June 2014, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade. He was concelebrated by clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac and priests of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade H.E. Aleksander Chepurin attended the service. On behalf of this church, and as a token of prayerful thanksgiving and for prayerful remembrance on this day's great feast, Whit Monday, Serbian Patriarch Irinej received engolpion as a gift from head of this church father Vitaly Tarasyev.
In the Old Testament Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the ten commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.
In the new covenant of the Messiah, the passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the “exodus” of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God. And in the New Testament as well, the pentecostal feast is fulfilled and made new by the coming of the “new law,” the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.
Following the visit to the Serbian-Montenegrin Orthodox community in Vrake and Shkoder His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije went to Tirana, where they met with Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija and hieromonk Andrej in Tirana, who came from Prizren. They all stayed at Sheraton Hotel in Tirana, where they met with primates and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches at the formal dinner.
On Sunday, June 1st, our whole delegation concelebrated at the consecration and the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral chruch of the Resurrection of Christ in Tirana, while His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated. Besides our Patriarch, Patriarch Bartholomew and the host, His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania, there were also primates of some Local Orthodox Churches: Patriarch Teophilos of Jerusalem, Patriarch Daniel of Romania, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, Archbishop Hieronimos of Athens, Metropolitan Sava of Poland and representatives of other Churches.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej is going to visit Tirana from 31 May to 3 June. The occasion of the visit is consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in the capital of Albania.
Patriarch Irinej will be accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Very Venerable Archimandrite Kirilo, Venerable hieromonk Andrej, as well as by deacon Vladimir Rumenic. The majority of heads of the Local Orthodox Churches is expected to attend the ceremony of consecration.