Vidovdan 2018 in Fair Oaks, California

Vidovdan 2018 in Fair Oaks, California
Vidovdan 2018 in Fair Oaks, California
Vidovdan 2018 in Fair Oaks, California
Vidovdan 2018 in Fair Oaks, California

Commemorated: Sunday, June 24, 2018

Oftentimes, when we think of a long-ago historical Church remembrance, we forget that WE are sharing in the mental life of the event.  We might even forgo attending the Church service itself, excusing our lack of attendance with a worldly excuse.  These human failings were not witnessed in our Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Serbian Orthodox Church last Sunday.  Rather, all who attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were aware that we were witnessing an event that we were ‘feeling.’  As one of the celebrants stated, “This was a serene and beautifully moving Divine Liturgy.”  It is not often that a feeling of being enclosed in a moment of time is felt by so many.  We were all blessed in sharing this feeling.

A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova

A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova
A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova
A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova
A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova

The Serbian Patriarch decorated Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova with the Order of Holy Empress Milica – Venerable Eugenia. The Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church continue to help interior decoration of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade.

On the occasion of celebrating the Day of family, love and fidelity, July 9th, 2018, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the Russian Cultural Centre (the Russian House) in Belgrade, where he was cordially welcomed by protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, principal of the church of Holy Trinity of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, and Mrs. Nadezda Kuschenkova, Director of the Russian House. After a short reception in the solemn salon, where Mr. Aleksadar Schepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade, attended the cordial talks, His Holiness with his entourage and hosts moved to the solemn hall of the Russian House.

A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj

A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj
A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj
A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj
A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj

A group of twenty Albanians yesterday tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral to serve the Holy Liturgy with priests and the faithful on the foundations of the church of Saint John the Baptist at Svach near Ulcinj.

The group of twenty Albanians led by Haxhi Sulejmani, a member of the local parliament on behalf of the Democratic Party – the Ulcinj’s ruling coalition, tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral to serve the Holy Liturgy with priests and believers on the foundations of the church of Saint John the Baptists at Svach in Ulcinj on the 8th of July 2018.

The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade

The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade
The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade
The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade
The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej officiated the Liturgy in the Russian church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade on 8 July 2018.

On the day when the Church celebrates Sts. Peter and Fevronia, wonder-workers of Murom and protectors of the family, it was in the Russian church at Tasmajdan that His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the solemn Liturgy with concelebration of protopresbyter VitalyTasasyev, principal of the Representation of the Patriarchate of Moscow in  Belgrade, protopresbyter-staurophor Milomir Stevanovic – church of Most Holy Theotokos of Kazan, Diocese of Sabac; presbyter Ivan Delic – Diocese of Banat and concelebrants from the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.

The Serbian Patriarch received in audience the State Secretary of the Vatican

 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received His Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, State Secretary of the Holy See, in the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, on June 30, 2018.

His Eminence thanked His Holiness for the cordial reception, during which a discussion was held on numerous topics concerning the  life of the two Churches. Patriarch Irinej expressed his gratitude to Cardinal Parolin for the  visit and a message of Pope Francis of Rome as well as for the official position of the Vatican which prefers  dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina to an unilateral recognition of an independence of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija.