Serbian Orthodox Church
Today afternoon, Metropolitan Sava of Warsaw and All Poland, the Primate of the Polish Orthodox Church arrived from Warsaw to Belgrade.
His Beatitude is accompanied by Vicar Bishop George Pankowski and protopresbyter George Doroshkevich.The Polish church delegation was welcomed at the airport Nikola Tesla by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Their Graces Bishops: Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija, Irinej of Australia and New Zealand and Vicar Bishop Andrej of Remesiana.
His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia arrived with the official delegation to Belgrade on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan.
At the runway of the airport Russian Patriarch was welcomed by His Grace Dr Irinej of Backa, while at the VIP salon the high guest was greeted by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Ambassador of the Russian Federation Alexander Chepurkin and Minister of Transport in the Government of Serbia Aleksandar Antic.
Yesterday at 5 p.m. His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis with priests and believers welcomed the miraculous icon of Most Holy Mother of God of Sicevica at the church of Sts. Emperor Constantine and Empress Helen the Equal-to-the-Apostles. Bishop Jovan and the gathered prayed Mother of God by reading and singing the Annunciation acathist.
Metropolitan of Neapolis and Stavroupolis Barnabas served the memorial service for the suffered Serbian officers and soldiers in the First World War at Zeitenlik in Thessaloniki on 28 September 2013. Minister of Culture Mr. Ivan Tasovac, as an envoy of the Government of Serbia, attended the memorial service.
At the memorial chapel at Zeitenlik abbot of the monastery of Hilandar Archimandrite Methodius celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in attendance of Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis and Stavroupolis, Minister of Macedonia and Tracia Mr. Teodor Karaoglu, envoy of the Government of the Republic of Greece; Minister of Labour and Social Politics of the Republic of Srpska Mr. Petar Djokic, Chief of Staff of the Army of the Republic of Greece General Michail Kotsarokos, head of the region of the Central Macedonia Mr. Antonio Bamiyajis, Consul General of Serbia, representatives of the army, police, politics and diplomatic authorities, as well as lots of people.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac consecrated foundations of a new church - memorial chapel to Serbian New Martyrs Vera, Nada, Ljubava and their mother Sofija in the hamlet of Cate in the presence of many believers, in the village of Vodica, nearby Strojica on 28 September 2013.
Local clergy concelebrated to the Bishop. The construction of this memorial chapel was initiated by descendants and families of the killed Serbs in fall 1941, and especially owing to the voluntary and unselfish effort of Dr Stojan Cate from Cata in Vodica, who is descendant himself of these 54 innocently killed Serbs in this village.