Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Vasilije of Srem and Atanasije of Hvosno consecrated on May 3, 2012 a land for a new church devoted to St. Athanasius the Great in Zemun's suburb of Blue Horizons.
His Holiness Irinej served on Sunday, the feast day devoted to Myrrh-bearing Women, the Divine Liturgy in the church of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos in Belgrade. He was concelebrated by the brotherhood of the church with chanting of the choir. After the communion, in front of the great number of believers, His Holiness held a sermon.
Before the beginning of the regular year's session of the Plenary of the Patriarchate Steering Committee of the Serbian Orthodox Church on May 3, 2012 His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija served the Invocation of the Holy Spirit in the Patriarchate Chapel of St. Symeon the Myrrh-Gushing, in the presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and the members of the Plenary.
His Holiness Irinej received on May 2, 2012 in an official visit the delegation from Azerbaijan: Elcin Efendiyev, deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan; Archbishop Aleksandar Bakinski from the Russian Orthodox Church; Shejkulislam Allahshyukur Pashazde, President of Administration of Caucasian Muslims; Salaman Musayev, the first deputy President of the Administration of Caucasian Muslims; Mugedes Payizov, head of the Department of the foreign affairs of the ACM; Tural Edendiyev, President of the International Fund; Anar Ajamov, first secretary of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Belgrade, as well as Katarina Panic, their translator.
On Sunday, April 29, 2012 the Church Community “Holy Trinity” from Yallourn celebrated a great and significant jubilee. This church, founded sixty years ago, is situated in the heart of the region of Gippsland, which is also known among our people as “Australian Sumadija”.
His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America made his first official and historical visit to the Orthodox faithful in Mexico April 26- 29, 2012, together with V. Rev. Blasko Paraklis. They arrived in Mexico City on Friday, April 26, 2012. The pastoral-episcopal responsibility of the bishop of Western America to the Serbian residents living in Mexico is expressed in the decisions of the Holy Assembly of Bishops.
In an effort to preserve the gathering and meetings with our Orthodox compatriots during the Pascal period, a great help was Bishop Alejo (Exarch of the Orthodox Church in America – OCA) who showed his unselfish support, inviting Bishop Maxim and showing him the hospitality of Abraham. Through the goodness of Bishop Alejo, there were two liturgical encounters at the Cathedral church of the Ascension of our Lord on Saturday and Sunday. His diocese is celebrating their fortieth anniversary (www.ocamexico.org).