Serbian Patriarch Irinej sends greetings to Christians who celebrate Easter according to Gregorian calendar1. April 2013 - 12:23
On the occasion of the forthcoming Easter holidays which Western Christians celebrate according to the Gregorian calendar, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch conveyed greetings to the heads of Western Rite Churches: His Holiness Pope Francis (see link), Archbishop of Canterbury His Mercy Bishop Justin Welby, the chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany Dr. Nicholas Schneider, as well as dignitaries of other Protestant Churches in the world.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej sent the most cordial greetings to dignitaries and believers of the traditional Churches and religious communities in Serbia: Roman Catholic Church, Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church in Serbia, Reformed Christian Church in Serbia and Methodist Church.
After the session of the Diocesan administration board and the Diocesan council of the Diocese of Middle Europe in Himmelstier, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited on 30 March 2013 the Serbian Orthodox church-school congregation in Wupperthal, North-Rhine Westphalia on his way to Belgrade.
His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, in capacity of the administrator, visited the Diocese of Middle Europe for the second time in the last two months.
His Holiness arrived in Frankfurt on Wednesday, 27 March, at the airport where he was welcomed by bishop’s deputy, protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic and the head of Frankfurt’s church protonamesnik Simon Turkic. Following the arrival, Serbian Patriarch visited a new church building of our Holy Church in Frankfurt. The clergy of the Diocesan deanery for South Germany and many believers gathered at the church to welcome the Patriarch.
In the first week of the Great Lent, also called the Sunday of Orthodoxy because we remember the triumph of the Orthodox Church over the iconoclasts, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis served the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral church in Nis. The clergy of the Cathedral church concelebrated to the Bishop. According to the ancient praxis at the end of the Liturgy the procession with icons around the church was performed and the Synodikон, which has been read in the Orthodox Church since 843 A.D.