The Triumph of Orthodoxy was solemnly marked at the Vesper service (on Sunday, March 20th) among Orthodox brothers in the Russian Cathedral church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God of the Patriarchate of Moscow (67 Ennismore Gardens).
Serbian Orthodox Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and hegoumen of the Decani Monastery Archimandrite Sava, along with the clergy, students of the Prizren Theological Seminary and the faithful, welcomed His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at the Cathedral church of Holy Great Martyr George in Prizren on 19 March 2016.
At the entrance to the churchyard the high guest was welcomed by Milica Djordjevic, the only Serbian child left in Prizren, who handed him in a bouquet of flowers. Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren addressed The Prince of Wales in the church, speaking of the significance of the sacred places of Kosovo and Metohija, sufferings that the Church and the people have gone through in recent years as well as about the restoration of the destroyed or damaged sacred monuments and, especially, about the restoration of the function of the historical Serbian Orthodox Theological Seminary of Prizren. The Prince Charles cordially greeted the seminarians who sang for him troparion of the Resurrection of Christ both in Serbian and English.
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.