His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Liturgy in the church dedicated to Saint John of Shanghai, and in the memory of the warriors of the Battle of Cer hundred years ago.
In early morning hours a great number of believers from all directions were going to the Cer mountain in order to celebrate a great feast day of the Lord - the Transfiguration, with the solemn Liturgy. The faithful welcomed the Patriarch, who came accompanied by Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac.
During the week of 11-16 August 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities—IOCC, working with the Red Cross of Kraljevo and on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church, initiated a reconstruction programme in Kraljevo, in Grdica Village. This affected local population largely consists of those exiled from their native Kosovo. In 2010 they were near devastated by the earthquake and now are attempting to rebuild their homes and lives following the spring floods of 2014.
The decisive stage of the Battle of Cer, which ended as the first major Allied victory in World War I - and one that was won by the Serbian forces - took place in the night between August 15 and 16, 1914.
The fact that tiny Serbia managed to defeat the Austro-Hungarian troops so comprehensively at Cer despite being at a great disadvantage in every sense was met with shock and disbelief in Vienna and Berlin, as well as with jubilation among the Allies, and Serbia's reputation grew unexpectedly.
On August 13, 2014, the Bishops’ Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, which took place at the Kiev Monastery of the Caves, elected Metropolitan Onufry of Chernovtsy and Bukovina, Locum Tenens of the Metropolitan See of Kiev, as Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.
The Council was attended by 82 bishops of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church including 52 diocesan bishops, 22 suffragan bishops, and 8 (out of 9) supernumerary bishops.
His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland visited His Eminence Metropolitan Arsenios (Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Vienna on 11 August 2014.
Hierarchs discussed about actual topics of the Orthodox Church in this region of the Orthodox diaspora, at the Metropolitan's residence in Vienna. Metropolitan Arsenios and Bishop Andrej exchanged views on the mutual mission and cooperation. The most important topic of the talks was the cooperation at the Orthodox Episcopal Conference of Austria.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch performed the rite of consecration during the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, and introduced Bishop Ilarion, the former head of the Monastery of Bukovo to the throne of Bishops of Timok at the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zajecar.
At the Divine Liturgy His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Justin of Zica, Policarp of Belogradcisce (Bulgarian Patriarchate), Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Marko of Bregalnica and Antonije of Moravica, then, archimandrites, elected bishops Arsenije of Toplica and Jeronim of Jegar, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Anastasios Koropulu, dean of the church of Holy Apostle Thomas in Athens. Also, many monks and priests from other Local Orthodox Churches concelebrated. Their Graces Bishop Irinej of Backa, Pahomije of Vranje, David of Krusevac and elected Bishop Jovan of Slavonia prayerfully participated in the Liturgy.