His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served yesterday the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God in Himmelstür.
His Holiness was concelebrated by local priests. The Patriarch awarded two protopresbyters with the right of bearing the pectoral cross: protopresbyter Nedja Janjic from Cologne and diocesan dean for North Rhine-Westphalia and protopresbyter Dragan Sekulic from Berlin.
On Saturday, June 14th 2014, the relics of Venerable Abba Justin the New of Celije were transferred to the church of the Celije Monastery. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of twenty bishops from all Local Orthodox Churches, a great number of priests and deacons.Venerable Abba Justin the New of Celije is truly respected by the Serbian people and by the whole Orthodoxy, which is proved by the event of the transfer of his honorable relics into the new church of the Monastery of Celije.
About ten thousand believers arrived to this shrine from all parts of the country, but also from Mount Athos, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Cyprus, Switzerland, Germany, Montenegro, Republic of Srpska and the United States.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church awarded His Excellency Mr. Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko, President of the Republic of Belarus, with the highest medal of the Serbian Orthodox Church – the Order of Saint Sava of the First Degree.
President Lukashenko received the Order during his visit to the Republic of Serbia, at the solemn Patriarchal Hall in Belgrade, on 12 June 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the sidechapel of Saint Luke of Simferopol at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade. The clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac concelebrated to the Patriarch.
The director of the Military Medical Academy (MMA) along with doctors, the staff and the faithful people from different parts of Serbia and Belgrade, as well as patients of this hospital, attended the Holy Liturgy.
On Whit Monday, 9 June 2014, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade. He was concelebrated by clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac and priests of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade H.E. Aleksander Chepurin attended the service. On behalf of this church, and as a token of prayerful thanksgiving and for prayerful remembrance on this day's great feast, Whit Monday, Serbian Patriarch Irinej received engolpion as a gift from head of this church father Vitaly Tarasyev.
In the Old Testament Pentecost was the feast which occurred fifty days after Passover. As the passover feast celebrated the exodus of the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt, so Pentecost celebrated God’s gift of the ten commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.
In the new covenant of the Messiah, the passover event takes on its new meaning as the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, the “exodus” of men from this sinful world to the Kingdom of God. And in the New Testament as well, the pentecostal feast is fulfilled and made new by the coming of the “new law,” the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Christ.