Serbian Orthodox Church

Ad multos annos, Holy Hierarch!

A  decade since the election of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, as the 45th primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church marked in the ceremonial hall of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, on 22 January 2020.

The film's author and editor of photo-monograph is protopresbyter-staurophor Stojadin Pavlovic, Director of the Administration Board of the Patriarchate. The publishers of the photo-monograph are the Administration Board of the Patriarchate and the Sluzbeni Glasnik publishing house.

Jubilees of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch

The Serbian Orthodox Church is marking the great jubilees of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch: the 60th Anniversary of monastic, 45th anniversary of diocesan and 10th anniversary of patriarchal service to God and the Serbian kin.

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilovic) of Serbia was born in the village of Vidova, near town of Cacak, Serbia, in 1930. His baptismal name is Miroslav. He finished elementary school in his village, and later on high school in Cacak. Thereupon he enrolled and completed Theological Seminary in Prizren, and then graduated at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade.

Upon graduation his army service he was appointed a professor of the Prizren Theological Seminary. In October 1959, before assuming this assignment he was tonsured by the late Serbian Patriarch Herman (German) and got the monastic name Irinej.

That same month, on the Feast of St. Paraskeva at the Ruzica church within the Kalemegdan old town of Belgrade, he was ordained hieromonk. While he worked as a professor at the Prizren Seminary he spent a period of time at post-graduate studies in Athens. In 1969 he was appointed as Principal of the Monastic School in the Monastery of Ostrog, Montenegro, from where he returned back to Prizren and became Principal of the Prizren Seminary. From that office he was elected as Vicar Bishop of the then Patriarch of Serbia with the title of Bishop of Moravica in May, 1974. A year later, in 1975, he was elected as diocesan Bishop of Nis.

The Holy Assembly of Bishops elected Bishop Irinej as Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch on January 22, 2010.

Epiphany and swimming for the honorable Cross

Epiphany and swimming for the honorable Cross
Epiphany and swimming for the honorable Cross
Epiphany and swimming for the honorable Cross
Epiphany and swimming for the honorable Cross

Very cold air temperature and strong wind that mercilessly blew on the coast of Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland, did not deter nineteen courageous male and one fearless female parishioner of St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. to brave the weather on Epiphany 2020 and swim for the honorable Cross that was, after brief prayer, thrown into the icy ocean by the Rev. Dr. Vasilije Vranic.

Swimmers were wholeheartedly cheered by about thirty members of their families, friends and parishioners that were shuddering on a cold and windy weather in spite of being snuggled in warm clothing.

Celebrating the Birth Of Christ in Naples

Celebrating the Birth Of Christ in Naples
Celebrating the Birth Of Christ in Naples
Celebrating the Birth Of Christ in Naples
Celebrating the Birth Of Christ in Naples

Many Orthodox Christians from diverse backgrounds, led by our Serbian community in Naples, Florida, gathered together for the Feast of the Nativity of Christ on January 6-7, 2020. Graciously, the St. Paul Orthodox Church, with the blessings of Bishop Nicholas of the Antiochian Archdiocese, hosted our faithful.

Theophany procession and swimming for the Precious Cross

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Saint Nicholas Church in Zemun on 19 January 2020, on the feast of Theophany.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by local clergy. The Holy Liturgy was attended by Crown Prince Aleksandar and Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic, Assistant Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr Marko Nikolic, representatives of Municipality of Zemun, representatives of the Serbian Armed Forces, Gendarmerie, Fire Brigade, Police and lots of faithful people.