The traditional reception on the occasion of the school Patron Saint-day Saint Sava was held at the Old Court on January 24th.
The guests were welcomed by City Secretary for Education and Childcare Mrs. Snezana Djuric, and the reception was attended by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, chief secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic and directors of the Belgrade's elementary, secondary and special schools and preschool instititions.
His Grace Bishop Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Brcko on the Theophany feast day.
After the Holy Liturgy His Grace Bishop performed the rite of Great blessing of waters and led a magnificent procession from the Cathedral church of Brcko to the picnic place Ficibajer at the Sava river in which more than thousand believers from the Brcko District and the town of Brcko participated. Between 7.000 and 8.000 believers participated in the procession. In the race for the Precious Cross of the Lord about 48 swimmers from Brcko, Bijeljina, Sremska Mitrovica, Belgrade and other cities took part. The winner of the Theophany Cross Dive in the Sava river was Djordje Mihajilovic from Brcko, who was wrapped with a cloak of the knight of the Theophany Cross by Bishop Hrizostom, who also presented a gold medallion and a gilded Theophany cross to him.
by the Grace of God
Bishop of the Metropolitanate of
Australia and New Zealand
The Serbian Orthodox Church
A joyous and blessed all Serbian Feast Day!
That all Serbian hearts
May be united with you,
That the Sun of peace, love –
May shine upon us all...
(Hymn to Saint Sava)
Our much beloved Clergy and Monastics, Sons and Daughters, Our dear Children of Saint Sava,
The Way of Saint Sava for us, beloved, constitutes that unique dimension of Orthodoxy amongst the Serbian people, wherein we follow the path of Saint Sava. Walking in his footsteps, he presents us with the possibility of both preserving our own identity and accepting new circumstances in life, as he unites us together in Christ and for Christ, and through Christ for the life of the world. This path is the Christlike way, the only real, true path, the path of true freedom, as we sing in the troparion of St. Sava, "the path that leads to life"!
On Monday, 20 January 2014, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa celebrated its Patron Saint-day by serving the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Novi Sad
The Bishop of Backa was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops: Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, David of Krusevac, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac and Porfirije of Jegar with thirteen presbyters and eleven deacons.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served yesterday, on the feast of Theophany, the Divine Liturgy at the Saint Nicholas church in Zemun.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac with the choir of this church singing responses. Historians of Zemun noted that the Theophany procession was held from 18 century until the beginning of the Second World War, after which it was held in 1945 and 19946. The procession was restored in 1998 and since then it has been continued until today.