Serbian Orthodox Church
On Whit Monday, 9 June 2014, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Russian Orthodox church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade. He was concelebrated by clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac and priests of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade H.E. Aleksander Chepurin attended the service. On behalf of this church, and as a token of prayerful thanksgiving and for prayerful remembrance on this day's great feast, Whit Monday, Serbian Patriarch Irinej received engolpion as a gift from head of this church father Vitaly Tarasyev.
On Sunday, June 1st, when the Holy Orthodox Church commemorates the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, a festive Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was concelebrated at Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago by visiting guest hierarch, His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, and diocesan host hierarch, His Grace Bishop Longin of Midwestern America and New Gracanica.
Following the visit to the Serbian-Montenegrin Orthodox community in Vrake and Shkoder His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije went to Tirana, where they met with Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija and hieromonk Andrej in Tirana, who came from Prizren. They all stayed at Sheraton Hotel in Tirana, where they met with primates and representatives of the Local Orthodox Churches at the formal dinner.
On Sunday, June 1st, our whole delegation concelebrated at the consecration and the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral chruch of the Resurrection of Christ in Tirana, while His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew officiated. Besides our Patriarch, Patriarch Bartholomew and the host, His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania, there were also primates of some Local Orthodox Churches: Patriarch Teophilos of Jerusalem, Patriarch Daniel of Romania, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus, Archbishop Hieronimos of Athens, Metropolitan Sava of Poland and representatives of other Churches.
On the feast day of Holy Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014.
His Holiness was concelebrated by local priests of this church. Following the Liturgy Patriarch Irinej held a sermon regarding these saints and their significance for the faith.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej is going to visit Tirana from 31 May to 3 June. The occasion of the visit is consecration of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in the capital of Albania.
Patriarch Irinej will be accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Very Venerable Archimandrite Kirilo, Venerable hieromonk Andrej, as well as by deacon Vladimir Rumenic. The majority of heads of the Local Orthodox Churches is expected to attend the ceremony of consecration.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the con-celebration of Bishop Irinej (Dobrijevic) of Australia and New Zealand and the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovci and other dioceses.
The church of Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Belgrade was too small for lots of faithful people who gathered on this occasion. Bishop Irinej congratulated both the Patron Saint-day (slava) of this church and of the City of Belgrade. The Serbian Patriarch blessed the slava cake.