Upon his personal wish Metropolitan Nikolaj will be buried at the monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Dobrun, Republic of Srpska. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will officiate the Funeral Liturgy on 30 October 2015 starting at 9 a.m. Following the Holy Liturgy a requiem for Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabar-Bosnia of blessed repose will be officiated. The Metropolitan will be buried in the graveyard of the monastery at Dobrun.
On 29 October 2015 a ceremony was held at the Serbian Patriarchate, during which His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, awarded Professor Dr. IoannisTarnanidis with the order of Saint Sava.
In the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops, which was read during the solemn ceremony, it is said that the highest distinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church, order of the Saint Sava of the Second Degree, at the suggestion of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, is to be handed in to Professor Dr. IoannisTarnanidis, retired professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University in Thessaloniki, for his significant scientific contribution to the research of the History of the Church, especially of the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and for his authentic representation of the Serbian Church life, place and role of the Serbian Church in the Orthodox world.
Sunday October 04, 2015, the Church of the Conception of St. John the Baptist in Paterson celebrateed the 40th anniversary of its founding. (photo gallery)
The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Maxim of the. Western American Diocese, His Grace Bishop Mitrofan of the Eastern AmericanDiocese, Rev. Thomas Stojšić, V. Rev. Alexander Vlajković (Boston), Rev. Zivko Velimirovic (Timisoara), V. Rev. Dragan Maksimovic (Banja Luka), V. Rev. Zoran Radovic (Elizabeth), and V. Rev. Vladislav Radujković (Paterson). Responses were sung by the choir from Banja Luka, Republic of Serbian SPD "Unity".
On the behalf of Bishop Jovan of Sumadia, also in charge of Serbian Army, Bishop Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgyin the chapel of the Protection of Most Holy Mother of God at the Military Academy in Belgrade.
At 8.30 a.m. in front of the building of the Military Academy cadets and female cadets lined up in a formation to welcome a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church – Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Bihac-Petrovac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is in charge of Orthodox military chaplains in the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina.