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Patriarch Porfirije: Let us protect the heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church on Kosovo and Metohija (English, Greek)

In a conversation with media representatives after visiting the monastery of Visoki Dečani, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije said:

These are our shrines. They belong to the Serbian Orthodox Church. Dečani, the Patriarchate of Peć, Gračanica, the Most Holy Theotokos of Ljeviš and again all other shrines on Kosovo and Metohija, are the heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church. However, everything that is spiritual, if it is authentically spiritual, is never limited to one person or one nation. Exactly because it is spiritual, even though it is ours, it transcends by both its significance and beauty the borders in which we exist and to which we belong, and these are the shrines that are the cultural heritage of the whole world. Therefore we should not be surprised that all the listed shrines are under the protection of UNESCO. That is why all of us should make an effort – as monks do it, as the Church does it, but also all other factors both locally and wider, but also globally – to protect these shrines as cultural heritage from the 14th century, which is the most sublime and beautiful thing that the human race could have given in these shrines. All well-intentioned factors should make an effort not only to safeguard and preserve these shrines but also to keep the significance they have had throughout history; significance for us, for they are our Serbian Orthodox heritage, but also for all other people.

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije visited Dečani Monastery

On 4 May 2022, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije visited the Dečani Monastery   (photo gallery).

His Holiness Patriarch and his entourage, consisted of the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops Their Graces Bishops kyr Vasilije of Srem, kyr Jovan of Šumadija, kyr Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, and kyr David of Kruševac, Archimandrite Nektarije - Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops; Archimandrite Danilo - Director of the Patriarchal Administrative Board and protodeacon Radomir Vrućinić, were solemnly welcomed by His Grace Bishop of Raška-Prizren kyr Teodosije and Abbot of Dečani Monastery Archimandrite Sava with the brotherhood and students of the Seminary of Sts. Cyrill and Methodius in Prizren.

Patriarch Porfirije served at the Patriarchate of Peć

On 4 May 2022, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije served the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at the Patriarchate of Peć  (photo gallery).

The Patriarch was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops kyr Jovan of Šumadija, kyr David of Kruševac and kyr Teodosije of Raška-Prizren, Archimandrite Sava, Abbot of Dečani; Archimandrite Andrej, Abbot of Crna Reka; Protosyncellus Nektarije - Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Protosyncellus Danilo – Director of the Patriarchal Administrative Board,  the clergy of the Diocese of Raška-Prizren and protodeacon Radomir Vrućinić and in a prayerful presence of Their Graces Bishops kyr Vasilije of Srem and kyr Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla.

Patriarch Porfirije arrived at the Patriarchate of Peć


In the evening hours of 3 May 2022, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije arrived in the Stauropegial Laura of the Serbian Patriarchs – the Patriarchate of Peć (photo gallery).

Their Graces Bishops Vasilije of Srem, Jovan of Šumadija, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla and David of Kruševac – members of the Holy Synod of Bishops have also arrived in the ancient See of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and tomorrow after the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy they are going to hold a regular meeting of the Holy Synod, as well as the meeting of the Patriarchal Administrative Board. His Grace Bishop of Raška-Prizren kyr Teodosije, Archimandrite Sava – Hegumen of Dečani Monastery, Protosyncellus Nektarije – Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Protosyncellus Danilo – Director of the Patriarchal Administrative Board, as well as Protodeacon Radomir Vrućinić have also arrived during the evening. On that occasion, His Holiness said:

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije congratulated on Ramadan Bayram (English, Greek)

In the spirit of brotherly love and respect, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all Muslims and wish them to celebrate the Ramadan Bayram in good health, peace, love and every good.

In the past period, Muslims have been preparing themselves for the celebration of the great Islamic feast – Ramadan Bayram, by fasting, praying and doing good deeds. A true believer knows that he who loves God also loves his neighbor, and our neighbors are all those we meet on our life's journey, regardless of religion, because we all descended from the same ancestors, Adam and Eve. We greet the Muslim brothers in the love of God with a feeling of sincere friendship and respect,

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije

The Plenum of the Patriarchal Administrative Board held a meeting (English, Greek, Russian)

All presented reports were adopted, as well as future business plans of patriarchal bodies.

The regular meeting of the Plenum of the Patriarchal Administrative Board of the Serbian Orthodox Church began on 2 May 2022 in the Patriarchal See in Belgrade, with the Rite of invocation of the Holy Spirit in the court Church of Saint Symeon, which was attended by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije and served by His Grace Bishop of Kruševac kyr David, to whom concelebrated Archimandrite Jovan – Dean of the Jovanja Monastery, from Diocese of Valjevo, protopresbyter Vladan Simić – Secretary of the Diocese of Bačka and Deacon Nikola Kostić.