Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej celebrated on Palm Sunday, the feast dedicated to the Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem , the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at Belgrade’s Cathedral church. The Patriarch was concelebrated by many priests of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci. Children’s choir of the First Belgrade Ensemble sang responses.
After the Holy Liturgy Serbian Patriarch Irinej received a delegation of the Orthodox Military Mission led by Mr. Igor Jevgenyevich Smikov, the head of the Mission and advisor to the head of the Russian Church Outside Russia (ROCOR).
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served on the Saturday, Lazarus’ Saturday, the Holy Divinel Liturgy in Belgrade’s Cathedral Church. Today’s feast is also the slava (patron saint’s day) of Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
His Holiness was concelebrated by his Vicar Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana and many priests.
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America officiated at the Divine Liturgy on Lazarus Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Monastery New Marcha in Richfield, Ohio. Bishop Sava, retired Bishop of Slavonia was also present. Concelebrating with His Grace, the bishop, at the Divine Liturgy were V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Sokolovic, V. Rev. Milovan Katanic, Hieromonk Platon (Jovic), Rev. Milan Medakovic and Rev. Branislav Golic.
Lazarus Saturday is the Krsna Slava of Bishop Sava and Hieromonk Platon who, together, festively celebrated their Slava at Monastery New Marcha. Bishop Mitrophan blessed the Koljivo and cut the Slava Kolach following the liturgy. Afterwards the bishop blessed the palms and the led the faithful in procession around the church.
With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America Clergy Confession for the Cleveland, Washington and Pittsburgh deaneries was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Bishop Mitrophan was unable to attend as he had travelled to Zagreb to attend the funeral of His Eminence Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, of blessed memory.
Officiating at the Presanctified Liturgy was His Grace Bishop Sava, retired Bishop of Slavonia. Concelebrating with the bishop were: Archimandrite Seraphim (Alavanja), Hieromonk Fr. Platon (Jovic), V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, V. Rev. Stavrophor Rodney Torbic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Aleksandar Vlajkovic, V. Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Rev. Christopher Rocknage.
Source: Western American Diocese
The same day, Serbian Patriarch also met with H.E. Mr. Gordan Markovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, who expressed his condonelences to His Holiness on the occasion of passing away of Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana.