Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Archimandrite Gervasios Pantopoulos and his associates from the Diakonia for aid to the poor and the imprisoned on 25 November 2016.
This great friend of the Serbian people, who had been some time earlier awarded with the order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree, visited for the first time the imprisoned in Serbia and brought a donation and gifts for the poorest prisoners in the District Prison in Belgrade.
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk expresses condolences regarding the demise of Bishop Jeronim
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, has sent a condolence letter to Bishop Irinej of Backa over the demise of Bishop Jeronim of Jegar, a vicar of the Backa diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. The letter reads as follows:
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Zoran Djordjevic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.
On Sunday November 20, 2016 Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus Ohio celebrated its Church Sava – St. Stefan of Decani. His Grace Bishop Irinej was greeted and welcomed by the clergy and children carrying flowers as He arrived in front of the Church. The parish priest Fr. Isak and deacon Zeljko Jurisic along with many Altar Servers assisted His Grace serving the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. During the Divine Liturgy His Grace delivered a very inspiring homily. His homily was based on our Lord’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man. His Grace said that God is like light and fire. He is like the light that illuminates all darkness from our lives and the fire that gives us warmth of the Fathers home. God is Love and He loves all man and will embrace all of us regardless if we are sinners or not. The difference is that those that their whole life wanted to live without God will feel that embrace as punishment. So, that light instead of the illumination will blind them and the fire instead of warmth will burn them. God does not condemn anyone to hell; every day of our life we make that choice whether we want to be with God or not.
The Diocese of the Backa informs the faithful and public in general that the Divine Liturgy with panichida will be celebrated in the Monastery of Holy Archangels at Kovilj on the Tuesday of the 29th November 2016, beginning at 9 o’clock, and the Funeral rite is to be served at 12 o’clock.