Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient seat of the Serbian Patriarchs, on the day of the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren concelebrated to His Holiness.
In his address to the people His Holiness especially pointed out the significance of the Patriarchate of Pec for the Serbian people, not just through history but during whole time. Its significance is that it is a ancient spiritual centre, but also the centre from where our Patriarch used to send its word to the Serbian people. On this occasion Serbian Patriarch empasized that the Serbian people would survive in the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient capital, not only of Patriarchs but also of the whole Serbian people - no matter who guard the monastery or not.
With the blessing and on behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand with parish priest protopresbyter-stavrophor Rajko Nedic consecrated the premises of JAT Airways (Air Serbia)
Bishop Irinej conveyed the blessing of His Holiness to the employees of the national airline and wished them better cooperation in the world and flights to more destinations.
The celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan and the consecration of Podgorica's Cathedral chruch of the Resurrection of Christ tonigh last night was ended with the visit of the primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, led by Patriarchs Ecumenical Bartholomew and Serbian Irinej, to the Cetinje Monastery.
The church primates were welcomed by the brotherhood of the monastery of Cetinje led by abbot of this sacred place Archimandrite Metodije (Ostojic), professors and students of the Seminary "Saint Peter of Cetinje"led by the rector of this instution protopresbyter-stavrophor Gojko Perovic and the faithful of Cetinje.
Eight primates of the Local Orthodox Churches led by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Russian Patriarch Kirill and Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated yesterday morning Podgorica's Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ.
More than thousand Orthodox believers from Montenegro, Herzegovina and Serbia participated prayerfully in the holy service. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, said that the consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ represented a great and glorious day not only for our Church and people but also for all Orthodoxy and Christianity. As he emphasized, the consecration of the Cathedral church in Podgorica was a crown of the celebration of the Edict of Milan.
The contribution of the Serbian Armed Forces to the celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan
On Monday, 16th after Pentecost, when the Church celebrates the commemoration of Saint King Stephen the First-Crowned - Simon the monk, at the army barrack "Prince Mihajlo" in Nis, the chapel was consecrated, which is built in honour of this saint. The consecration was performed by His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Jegar with the concelebration of two military priests from the General staff of the Serbian Armed Forces and the clergy of Nis. Commander of the 3rd Land Force brigade General Zelimir Glisovic with officers and soldiers attended the service.