Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej awarded Dr. Smilja Avramov and Mr. Radomir Naumov with the high dinstinctions of the Serbian Orthodox Church - the order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree at the solemn reception at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 29 December 2014.
The solemn award ceremony was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops Lavrentije of Shabac, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and Teodosije of Rasko-Prizrenski, as well as protopresbyter Dr. Savo Jovic, chief secretary of the Holy Synod.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus received Dr. Mladen Ivanic, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 24 December 2014.
The audience was also attended by Dr. Ranko Skrbich, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Mrs. Natasha Zirojevich, Chief of the cabinet of the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Holy Hierarchical Liturgy was served on the occasion of the St. Nicholas Church in Pristina church Slava with the remaining Pristina Serbs and many others who were forced out of this city. Serving the liturgy were His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Ras and Prizren with the concelebration of the diocesan clergy and monastics.
The St. Nicholas Cathedral in Hamilton celebrated their Church Slava on Sunday, December 21, 2014 with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Slava luncheon.
The Holy Hierarchical Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada, with the concelebration of V. Rev. Dusan Gnjatic of Kitchener, the host priest V. Rev. Stavrophor Milojko Dimitric and V. Rev. Djuro Samac and the diocesan deacon, Deacon Stefan Ikonomovsky. Many parishioners attended the Divine Liturgy and approached the Holy Chalice.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan demonstrates the importance of Christian Education in the Eastern American Diocese by consistently having annual Deanery meetings focused on Christian Education.
Each Deanery meeting begins with a designated priest giving a well- developed talk focusing on Christian Education. Following discussion of the topic, parishes give oral and written reports of their parish educational programs.
The Twenty Sixth Annual Cleveland Deanery meeting on Christian Education was held at St. Sava Cathedral in Parma, Ohio on Saturday, December 20, 2014.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan opened the meeting with prayer. Clergy and church school educators representing parishes from the Deanery were present to participate.
Host priest and Dean of the Cleveland Deanery, Very Rev. Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic welcomed the attendees. He said the Deanery meetings were wonderful opportunities to exchange ideas, goals and successes.
Reverend Father Dragan Goronjic was designated by His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan to speak on Christian Education at this meeting. Father Goronjic’s presentation was entitled “The Priest as a Model in the Education of a Student.”
Father Goronjic emphasized the importance of good communication with everyone including children. The Gospel is to be the content of conversations of priests and every Christian.
On the basis of a Memorandum that was signed by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia in Belgrade on 15 November 2014, and with the blessing of both, Russian and Serbian Patriarchs, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, paid a working visit to R. Macedonia from 19 – 20 December 2014.
His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion visited Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan, who for the sake of this meeting, was temporary transferred from the prison of Idrizovo to the Skopje hospital “Mother Theresa” on 20 December. After these talks, Archbishop Jovan was returned back to the prison.
On the same day Metropolitan Hilarion, accompanied by Mr. Oleg Scherbak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to R. Macedonia, met with President of the R. Macedonia Mr. Djordje Ivanov. Following this meeting, chairman of the DECR talked with President of the Government of the R. Macedonia Mr. Nikola Gruevski and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Nikola Popovski. Ultimately, Metropolitan Hilarion also met with the head of the self-proclaimed, non-canonical Macedonian Orthodox Church Kyr Stephen.
While in Skopje, His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion led these talks guided by the concern for unity of the Church, its salvific mission and salvation of the baptized souls in FYR Macedonia, and with respect to the perspective of regulating the canonical status of the Church in this area as well as to the unconditional final release of His Eminence Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, who had been sentenced to hard labor in a manipulated political process.
The Serbian Orthodox Church expresses herewith its deep gratitude to the sister Russian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk for fraternal love and cooperation, for the invested great efforts in the ministry for the canonical order and unity of the Church, as well as towards the release of His Eminence Archbishop Jovan, imprisoned without any reason, and subjected to a cruel regime in prison despite his severely impaired health.
Bishop Irinej of Bachka,
Spokesman of the Serbian Orthodox Church