The remains of Their Royal Highnesses Prince Paul and Princess Olga, and their son Prince Nicholas with full state and church honors yesterday arrived in the homeland and are displayed at Belgrade's Cathedral church.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch led the memorial service, with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Lukijan of Budim, Jovan of Sumadija, Irinej of Australia-New Zealand, Atanasije of Hvosno and Porfirije of Jegar, at the Cathedral church fulfilled with the highest state officials, members of the royal family Karadjordjevic and faithful people from all Serbian areas.
The memorial service was attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Ivica Dacic, President of the National Assembly Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Aleksandar and Princess Katherine Karadjordjevic;Prince Aleksandar and Princess Barbara, Princess Elizabeth and Catherine Oxenberg;Prince Michael, Duke of Kent; Her Imperial and Royal Highness Arch Duchess Helen von Habsburg, Princess Linda and her sons Princes Djordje and Michael; Prince Vladimir and Princess Brigitta, Prince Paul's In-Laws: Neil and Serena Balfour, Christopher Balfour, Jean Marie and Veronika de Brouwer; as well as members of the Government, diplomatic corps and other officials.
Liturgy and the memorial service to Prince Paul, Princess Olga and Prince Nikola Karadjordjevic at Oplenac7. October 2012 - 9:39
Karadjordje's poplar, the symbol of freedom and unity of one small nation which stood up before the eyes of all Europe to fight against one mighty and strong enemy, and today it is again the meeting place of all Serbs. In the church of Holy Great Martyr George at Oplenac in the presence of the royal family Karadjordjevic, lots of faithful people, the Holy Hiearchal Liturgy was served and the requiem for Prince Paul, Princess Olga and Prince Nikola. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by Bishop Pahomije of Vranje and he was concelebrated by Bishop Irinej of Australia-New Zealand with many priests.
The feast day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, on October 6, 2012 was celebrated at the monastery Lepavina with the Holy Hiearchal Liturgy, which was served by His Eminence Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana and His Grace Bishop Ignjatije of Branicevo with the concelebration of archimandrite Gavrilo (Vuckovic), head of the monastery of Lepavine, hieromonk Vasilije (Srbljan), brother of the Lepavina holy family, presbyter Radovan Dimitric, parish of Koprivnica, presbyter Aleksandar Tarabic, parish of Velika Poganica, deacon Nenad Radakovic from Pozarevac and deacon Branimir Jokic from Zagreb.
His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral kyr Amfilohije, bishop-administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central American, visited from October 1-3, 2012 the Dominican Republic, regarding the organization of the church community of our Patriarchate in this Caribbean country.
Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch on Sunday with the concelebration of the priesthood of the church of Alexander Nevsky served the requiem for the defenders of Belgrade. That day on Dorcol, on the corner of Tsar Uros str. and Mile Alasa str., on the place where in 1915 Major Dragutin Gavrilovic commanded the defence of Belgrade, several hundred citizens gathered to prayerfully remember of these Serbian heroes who gave their lives for the defence of the Fatherland and Belgrade.