Serbian Orthodox Church

Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino

Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino
Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino
Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino
Making reverence to the relics of Saint Nino

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited yesterday the ancient monastery at Bodbe and one of the greatest shrines of the Orthodox Georgia – the monastery of Saint Nino, where her wonderworking relics are being kept.

Patriarch was solemnly welcomed at the courtyard of the monastery and then he celebrated the moleben. Serbian Patriarch addressed the gathered expressing his sincere joy for the opportunity to visit this magnificent shrine especially because his mother, upon her tonsure into the monastic rank, had received name Nina.

The monastery of Saint Nino was founded in the ninth century and is the seat of the bishops of Bodbe.

Bishop Irinej: Archpastoral Nativity Message

Christ is born – glorify Him!
Christ is from Heaven – receive Him!
Christ is on earth – be exalted!
Sing to the Lord all the earth!
(St Gregory the Theologian)


Our much beloved Clergy and Monastics, Sons and Daughters, Our dear Spiritual Children,

Celebrating today the Birth of Christ according to the flesh, and repeating those same all joyous and wondrous words of Saint Gregory the Theologian, we hear the words of life which throughout the ages invite us to hasten and encounter Him, who came down from heaven. Those same words invite us to open our hearts! Be exalted with Him, who for us took on our human body. Christ is born let all the earth, sing! Let the people sing and rejoice, for unto us Almighty God is born as a little child!

Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Gracanica Monastery

Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Gracanica Monastery
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Gracanica Monastery
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Gracanica Monastery
Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Gracanica Monastery

After the morning Christmas service, the feast day of the Nativity of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was celebrated at the Gracanica monastery with the Divine Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Teodosije presided with the concelebration of eight priests. Besides a few hundred believers who participated at the Liturgy there were also representatives of the Government of Serbia: Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, chief of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija; Mr. Mirko Krlic and Veljko Odalovic, President of the Government Commission for missing persons. High international officials also attended the Christmas celebration and lunch: Mr. Samuel Žbogar, chief of the EU Office in Kosovo; Major General Folker Halbauer, KFOR chief commander, Mr. Dimitris Moshopoulos, the EU special representative for the issues of religious and cultural heritage of the Serbian Orthodox Church iand others. 

Georgian Patriarch Ilia meets delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Georgian Patriarch Ilia meets delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Georgian Patriarch Ilia meets delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Georgian Patriarch Ilia meets delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church
Georgian Patriarch Ilia meets delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church

 

Heads of two Sister Churches meet in Tbilisi

His Holiness Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia has organized today an audience for all delegations of the Local Orthodox Churches that have arrived and which are going to participate in the ceremonies planned for January 13th

Traditional Christmas children receptions at the White Palace

Traditional Christmas children receptions at the White Palace
Traditional Christmas children receptions at the White Palace
Traditional Christmas children receptions at the White Palace
Traditional Christmas children receptions at the White Palace

His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno attended  the traditional Christmas receptions for children without parental care, which were organized by the Royal family Karadjordjevic at the White Palace in Belgrade on 10 January 2013.

Along with Crown Prince Alexander, Crown Princess Katherine, Hereditary Prince Peter and Prince Philip, Bishop Atanasije distributed presents and small icons for more than 1200 children from all regions of Serbia gathered at the White Palace. These receptions would not be possible without great help from various donors, such as Embassies: of Kuwait, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Korea, Ukraine, Finland, Syria; companies: CCCHBC, Balon Centar, Pekara Trpkovic, Cigre, Ishrana Produkt, Vrabac, Janovic, Dexy Co, Sweetsystem d.o.o., Paracinka Paracin, Al Grosso, Kika Loznica, Direct Group, IDEA d.o.o., Plavi kamen, Mala Moda Marija, Balkan Lift Komerc d.o.o., Eptisa Regional office for SEE, Eliksir Natura, BG Produkt, Handelsagentur; humanitarian organizations: Lifeline Chicago, Lifeline New York.