Serbian Orthodox Church
The Patron Saint-day of the church of Saint Spiridon in Trieste was solemly celebrated with the participation of His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and of the competent Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland.
The solemn Vesper service was served by Metropolitan Porfirije with the concelebration of archimandrite Grigorios Miliaris, the principal of the Greek church of Saint Nicholas in Trieste, protopresbyter-stavrophor Toma Cirkovic, the principal of the church of Saint Sava in Koper, Slovenia, protopresbyter Vladimir Melynichuk, priest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Udine, and other Serbian priests.
Deputy President of the Russian State Duma and high official of the party “United Russia” Mr. Sergej Zeleznyak visited the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in the Vracar District accompanied by Mr. Marko Djuric, Director of the Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Government of the Republic of Serbia on 26 December 2016.
The high official from our friendly country of Russia was welcomed by the Principal of the Cathedral of Saint Sava His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, who together with the guests toured the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava and explained them in brief the history of the church.
On Mother's Day and the feast day of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker, 25 Decenver 2016, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saint Gabriel the Archangel in Belgrade.
He was concelebrated by priests of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac with a song Gavrilcici.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Grace Nazarius, Bishop of Kronstadt, Vicar Bishop of the Diocese of Sankt Petersburg and the head of the laura of Saint AleksanderNevsky, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 21 December 2016.
His Grace Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch and the head of Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar District of Belgrade, and protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, the dean of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate to Belgrade, attended the reception.
- Saint Nicholas has neither left this church which was burnt, nor has left Christians who have remained in Pristina. With restoration of this church we show that in these life conditions one may serve the Liturgy and praise the Lord, and by celebrating Liturgies each year we restore the life in Pristina as well.
These words, pronounced after the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Nicholas in Pristina, were addressed to the present congregation by Bishop Teodosije of Rasko-Prizren. Emphasizing that this church was burnt in riots in 2004 and that a part of its property had been still occupied, Bishop Teodosije pointed out that the duty of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren was to testify continuously to the conditions of life the Church was facing along with her pious people on Kosovo and Metohija and to advocate that life conditions and respect for fundamental rights have to be improved.