Serbian Orthodox Church

Thousands of faithful participating in the procession in honor of St. Basil of Ostrog

Thousands of faithful participating in the procession in honor of St. Basil of Ostrog
Thousands of faithful participating in the procession in honor of St. Basil of Ostrog
Thousands of faithful participating in the procession in honor of St. Basil of Ostrog
Thousands of faithful participating in the procession in honor of St. Basil of Ostrog

By a festal procession, performed on the feast-day of St. Basil of Ostrog the Miracle-Worker, along the streets Niksic on the 12th of May, 2019, this holy hierarch, celestial protector of that city and its inhabitants, was specially celebrated. The procession was organized because a magnificent church in this city is dedicated to him.

The procession of the faithful people, starting at 18:00 o’clock in front of the St. Basil Cathedral, led by hierarchs of our Holy Orthodox Church, with a participation of numerous clergy, monastics and a huge number of faithful passed through the city center, stopping in several places where portions of  the Gospel  were read and prayers offered to Christ the Lord. The faithful people and esteemed guests were greeted by the diocesan Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic Joanikije on the city square.

A triumphant celebration of St. Basil of Ostrog in Prijepolje

A triumphant celebration of St. Basil of Ostrog in Prijepolje
A triumphant celebration of St. Basil of Ostrog in Prijepolje
A triumphant celebration of St. Basil of Ostrog in Prijepolje
A triumphant celebration of St. Basil of Ostrog in Prijepolje

By the prayerful intercession of the great lumen of the Church, St. Basil of Ostrog the Wonderworker, a great crowd of people gathered from all over the Diocese of Mileseva and from other areas, on the patron saint of the Cathedral in Prijepolje, i.e. the day of his celebration on May 12, 2019.

The Divine Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Dr. Mitrofan, Bishop of the Diocese of Canada, along with the participation of the Diocesan Bishop of Mileseva Atanasije; dean of Priboj Archpriest-Stavrophor Dragan Vidakovic; Director of the Radio Mileseva, Archpriest-Staurophor Marko Papic; dean of Nova Varos, Archpriest Stanko Blagojevic; abbot of the Dormition monastery at Seljane, hieromonk Petar; abbot of the monastery of Holy Archangels at Djurdjevica Tara, hieromonk Zosim; principal of the Church of St. Nikolaj of Ohrid and Žiča at Kolovrat, priest Nebojša Jovanović, as well as of two  deacons.

Central Church body for completion of the Memorial Church of St. Sava

Central Church body for completion of the Memorial Church of St. Sava
Central Church body for completion of the Memorial Church of St. Sava
Central Church body for completion of the Memorial Church of St. Sava
Central Church body for completion of the Memorial Church of St. Sava

A regular annual session of the Central Church Body for completion of the Memorial Church of St. Sava in the Vracar District of Belgrade was held in the premises of that church on May 11, 2019 (photo gallery).

After an address of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, a chairman of the Committee for completion of the construction and interior decoration of the Memorial Church of St. Sava, principal of the Church and Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, His Eminence Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, submitted a report on the activities in the Church, while the report on works on the mosaic decoration was presented by Mr. Nikolai Muhin, head of the artists team and manager of works.

Conclusions: Freedom of Religion or Belief in Montenegro

The participants of the international academic conference “Freedom of Religion or Belief in Montenegro“ have carefully examined and considered the drafting process and current material content of the draft “Law on Freedom of Religion”[1], first proposed by the Government of Montenegro on 30 July 2015.

On the basis of these deliberations and convinced, that freedom is endowed on the human person not only as a secular right, but also as an eternal gift from God, and as such integral to human nature, they agreed to emphasize the following:

The Holy Assembly of Bishops opened prayerfully in Zica

The Holy Assembly of Bishops opened prayerfully in Zica
The Holy Assembly of Bishops opened prayerfully in Zica
The Holy Assembly of Bishops opened prayerfully in Zica
The Holy Assembly of Bishops opened prayerfully in Zica

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church was opened by the holy archhierarchal Liturgy and the rite of the Invocation of the Holy Spirit, officiated by His Holiness Irinej, Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in the church of the Ascension of the Lord in the Monastery of Zicha on May 9, 201 (photo).

His Holiness Patriarch was concelebrated by Their Eminences Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, Metropolitans: Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Hrisostom of Dabar-Bosnia, Justin of Zicha, Vasilija of Srem, Nikanor of Banat,  Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, Mitrofan of Canada, Dositelj of Great Britain and Scandinavia, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadia, Atanasije of Mileševa, Joanikije of Budimlje-Nikšić, Grigorije of  Düsseldorf and Germany, Theodosije of Raska-Prizren, Maksim of Western America, Irinej of Eastern America, David of Krusevac, Jovan of Slavonia, Andrej Austria-Switzerland, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, Arsenije of Nis, Siluan of Australia-New Zealand, Kiril of Buenos Aires and South Central America, Nikodim of Dalmatia, Heruvim of Osijek-Polje and Baranja, Dimitrije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, as well as by vicar bishops: Antonije of Moravica, Ishije of Mohacs and bishop emeritus Georgije of Canada.

Remembering the victims of Ustasha genocide

Remembering the victims of Ustasha genocide
Remembering the victims of Ustasha genocide
Remembering the victims of Ustasha genocide
Remembering the victims of Ustasha genocide

A memorial day for the victims of the Jasenovac camp, where 700,000 Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascists were killed. At the event, organized by the governments of the Republics of Srpska and Serbia, it was announced that a joint Memorial Center was to be built in memory of victims of the Jasenovac Golgotha.

-This is a sufficient crime for all people to the end of the world and time, but the spirit of the Ustasha is, unfortunately, still alive, was a message from Donja Gradina, Bosnia, which is a part of the concentration system “Jasenovac”, Croatia. Serbian Patriarch Irinej reminded also of the fact that within a period of longer than four years more people were murdered in Jasenovac than the Turks had killed during the hundreds of years of their rule in this region.

The Serbian Patriarch after two centuries in the Gomionica monastery

The Serbian Patriarch after two centuries in the Gomionica monastery
The Serbian Patriarch after two centuries in the Gomionica monastery
The Serbian Patriarch after two centuries in the Gomionica monastery
The Serbian Patriarch after two centuries in the Gomionica monastery

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej celebrated the Holy Archhierarchal Liturgy in the Gomionica Monastery, the Diocese of Banja Luka (photo gallery), on the feast of the Holy Great Martyr and Victorious George, May 6, 2019.

In the prayerful presence of the His Grace Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka,  the Patriarch was concelebrated by Protosyncellos Platon, the principal of the Monastery of Gomilica, hieromonk  Methody and the protodeacon Radojica Zagran. The church was full of the faithful people, and nuns of the Monastery of Gomionica sang responses. The Holy Liturgy was attended by the mayor of Banja Luka Igor Radojčić.