A Historical Day for the Serbian Armed Forces

After the introduction of religious service into the Army of Serbia, the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces celebrated on 6 May 2018, for the first time, its Patron Saint-day (slava), the Holy Great-martyr George.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. He was concelebrated by mayor Revd. Sladjan Vlajic, the chief priest of the Serbian Armed Forces, and Captain Revd. Djordje Dimic, military chaplain at the Command of the Serbian Army; military chaplains Mayor Revd.  Nemanja Petrovic from the Military Academy, Captain Sasa Sovilj from the Military Medical Academy, Captain Djordje Stojisavljevic from the 1st Brigade of the Serbian Army and Captain Selimir Vagic from the River Flotilla; as well as by protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacon Dragan Tanasijevic. The choir Mojsije Popovic sang responses.

The Synaxarion

On the fifth Sunday of Pascha, we celebrate the feast of the Samaritan Woman, the Holy Great Martyr George, the Holy New Martyr Lazarus

Verses

Coming to obtain corruptible water, O woman,Thou drawest living water, wherewith thy soul’s stains thou washest.The Samaritan woman—the holy and glorious Great-martyr Photeini—met Jesus at midday at Jacob’s Well, whichwas located in the city of Sychar. And being tired from travel and the heat, Jesus sat at Jacob’s Well. A little after,the Samaritan woman came to draw water, and had a long conversation with Him (it is the longest recordeddiscourse between Christ and a single person in the entire Bible). Photeini did not want to talk to Jesus, because theSamaritans did not have any dealings with Jews; Jews considered her people heretics because Samaritans kept onlythe first five books of the Old Testament. However, the Lord talked with her anyway, read her heart, revealed hersecrets and gave her to drink of the “Living Water”—the grace of the Holy Spirit that leads to eternal life and flowsto all humanity. Photeini immediately ran throughout the city to proclaim Christ. Through her, many other Samaritans believed in Jesus.

Holy Assembly continues its work in Belgrade

The session of the highest hierarchal representation of the Serbian Orthodox Church was continued at the Hall for holding sessions of the Holy Assembly of Bishops at the Patriarchal residence in Belgrade chaired by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, on May 1, 2018 (photo gallery).

St. George's chapel consecrated in the Guard of the Army of Serbia

In the barracks "Dedinje" in Belgrade on April 25, 208, a chapel for religious services was consecrated in the Guard of the Serbian Armed Forces dedicated to the Great Martyr George the Victorious.

The Holy Liturgy was officiated by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej in attendance of the Chief of General Staff of the Army of Serbia General Ljubisa Dikovic with his associates, representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the donors of the newly built chapel and the members of the Serbian Guard Unit with the Commander-in-Chief General Milomir Todorovic at head.

Second Day of the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops

Second Day of the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops
Second Day of the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops
Second Day of the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops
Second Day of the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops

On 30 April 2018, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Pec Patriarchate, after which he chaired the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops.

On the second day of the session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, following the Eucharist gathering which was officiated by Serbian Patriarch Irinej with concelebration of the Bishops: Jovan of Sumadija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and David of Krusevac, the gathered Hierarchs visited the Serbian village of Velika Hoca and monasteries of Zociste and Dechani. We recommend to our website visitors to see the photographs of our tireless coworker deacon Dragan Tanasijevic:

Statement of the Holy Assembly of Bishops on Kosovo and Metohia

Statement of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church at the beginning of their regular May session on the current situation on Kosovo and Metohija.

From its historical seat, the monastery of the  Patriarchate of Pec, which with its faithful people has  passed  a crucifixion-resurrection path of suffering and renewal, thirty-seven years after a setting fire to a refectory of the Patriarchate of Pec, twenty-one years since the martyr's death of Hieromonk Stephan, spiritual father of this sacred convent, - the Holy Assembly of  Bishops,  presided over by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, following visitations to our holy shrines - Patriarchate of Pec, monasteries of  Decani and Zociste,  and after conversations with the competent diocesan  Bishop, diocesan  clergy, monastics and faithful people in Pec, Prizren and Velika Hoca, issues  the flowing statement concerning the current situation on Kosovo and Metohija.

Hierarchal Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec

Hierarchal Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec
Hierarchal Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec
Hierarchal Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec
Hierarchal Liturgy in the Patriarchate of Pec

Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Pec Patriarchate on 29 April 2018 with the concelebration of hierachs summoned for the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Very Venerable Haritina, the new abbess of this royal stauropegial laura.

* photo gallery 1                                 * photo gallery  2

  At the beginning of this prayerful gathering, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, elevated mother Haritina to the rank of an  abbes of the Holy Laura of the Pec Patriarchate.