His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Vicar Bishop Jeronim of Jegar and Venerable Archimandrite Isihije, prior of the Kovilj Monastery, with brotherhood, welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the monastery gate.
The sound of the monastery bells was being interchanged by chanting of the choir of Saint John of Damascus, which, in honour of the high guests, sang Doxology by Danilo Protopsalt as well as some hymns in English To Thee, the Champion Leader and The Lord bless you and keep you, verses that are usually sung to the British Monarch in the Westminster Abbey.
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales paid His first visit to the Serbian Patriarchate.
Belgrade, 16th March 2016. - Upon his arrival to the Patriarchate, there was a meeting between His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and His Royal Highness Charles, The Prince of Wales. Thereafter, the Serbian Patriarch and The Prince of Wales together visited the Patriarchal Chapel of Saint Symeon the Myrrh-Gushing, which the Serbian Orthodox Church for almost a century has offered to the Anglican Community to serve Christmas services according to the Gregorian calendar. Consequently, the visit of Prince Charles to the Chapel has a special significance, since the chapel itself is a symbol of the historical friendship between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Church of England.
His Grace arrived in the late evening of Wednesday and was joyfully greeted at the airport by two of the sisters. Upon reaching the monastery, he was escorted to his guest quarters under the silent, magnificently starry desert sky.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 16 March 2016.
In the church dedicated to the feast-day of the Annunciation, the high guest from Serbia was welcomed by pious Greek people. The host of the meeting was His Eminence Archbishop Dr. Stilianos of Australia and His Grace Bishop Seraphimos of Apollonia, who cordially welcomed brothers in Christ from Serbia.