Life of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra

This glorious saint, celebrated even today throughout the entire world, was the only son of his eminent and wealthy parents, Theophanes and Nona, citizens of the city of Patara in Lycia. Since he was the only son bestowed on them by God, the parents returned the gift to God by dedicating their son to Him.

St. Nicholas learned of the spiritual life from his uncle Nicholas, Bishop of Patara, and was tonsured a monk in the Monastery of New Zion founded by his uncle. Following the death of his parents, Nicholas distributed all his inherited goods to the poor, not keeping anything for himself. As a priest in Patara, he was known for his charity, even though he carefully concealed his charitable works, fulfilling the words of the Lord: Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth (Matthew 6:3).When he gave himself over to solitude and silence, thinking to live that way until his death, a voice from on high came to him: ``Nicholas, for your ascetic labor, work among the people, if thou desirest to be crowned by Me.'' Immediately after that, by God's wondrous providence, he was chosen archbishop of the city of Myra in Lycia. Merciful, wise and fearless, Nicholas was a true shepherd to his flock.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mufti Dr. Mevlud ef. Dudić

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mufti Dr. Mevlud ef. Dudić
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mufti Dr. Mevlud ef. Dudić
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mufti Dr. Mevlud ef. Dudić
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mufti Dr. Mevlud ef. Dudić

The reception took place at the Patriarchate Palace on December 16, 2019.

Mufti Dr. Mevlud ef. Dudic thanked the Serbian Patriarch for the reception when they discussed current challenges facing Orthodox and Muslim believers in the country, region and the world, as well as some opportunities to overcome them.

Pastoral care for prisoners in Lepoglava and Remetinec

The prisoners expressed their deep gratitude to Metropolitan Porfirije for his pastoral care and love for them.

His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana, accompanied by presbyter Radovan Dimitric and deacon Ugljesa Pilinger, visited Serbs and оther Orthodox prisoners serving prison sentences in the Croatian prisons of Lepoglava and Remetinec on December 10 and 11, 2019.

Patron Saint-day of the Karadjordjevica Family

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on December 13, 2019, on the Feast of St. Andrew the First-Called - the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the Royal family Karadjordjevic, at the Beli dvor in Belgrade.

The Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophors Branko Mitrovic and Bozo Bakajlic, protodeacon Damjan Bozic and deacon Vladimir Rumenic, in a prayerful presence of Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac, Jovan of Sumadija, Atanasije of Mileseva, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Isihije of Mohacs.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received in audience principals of Belgrade schools

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received in audience principals of Belgrade schools
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received in audience principals of Belgrade schools
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received in audience principals of Belgrade schools
Serbian Patriarch Irinej received in audience principals of Belgrade schools

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, hosted a reception for principals of elementary and secondary schools in the territory of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 12 December 2019.

The festive reception began with Lord's Prayer sung by a choir of students from the Faculty of Theology of the University of Belgrade, whereupon the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church held a welcome speech.