Side chapel consecrated at General Staff

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with the concelebration of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, Bishop in charge of the religious service in the Army, and Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, and in the presence of the chief of Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic, performed the great consecration of the liturgical area at the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces. 

On the feast day of Saint Stefan and Saint Jelena Stiljanovic, on 17 October 2013 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar and Bishop Jovan of Lipljan; protopresbyter-stavrophor Sava Jovic, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops; protopresbyter-stavrophor Stojadin Pavlovic, Director of the Administrative Office of the Patriarchate; protopresbyter-stavrophor Radivoj Panic, hieromonk Dositej, brother of the Hilandar Monastery; protodeacon Stevica Rapajic and deacon Vladimir Rumenic, consecrated the side chapel at the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces and the Human Resources Department at Banjica. 

Serbian Patriarch at Patriarchate of Pec

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient seat of the Serbian Patriarchs, on the day of the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren concelebrated to His Holiness. 

In his address to the people His Holiness especially pointed out the significance of the Patriarchate of Pec for the Serbian people, not just through history but during whole time. Its significance is that it is a ancient spiritual centre, but also the centre from where our Patriarch used to send its word to the Serbian people. On this occasion Serbian Patriarch empasized that the Serbian people would survive in the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient capital, not only of Patriarchs but also of the whole Serbian people - no matter who guard the monastery or not. 

Diana Budisavljevic posthumously awarded with high church dinstinction

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, on behalf of Holy Synod of Bishops, awarded posthumously Diana Budisavljevic  with the high dinstinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church - the order of Empress Milica. Diana Budisavljevic saved 12000 Serbian children from Jasenovac and other death camps during the World War Two in the Independent State of Croatia.  

Serbian Patriarch handed over the order to Diana's great-grandson Mr. Leonard Rasica in the presence of all members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Jovan of Sumadija, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, as well as His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, who recommended that Diana Budisavljevic to be awarded. The solemn award ceremony was attended also by Bishops Andrej of Remesiana and Jovan of Ulpiana, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Savo Jovic, the chief secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops.

Thanks to Diana Budisavljevic, 12000 Serbian children was saved from certain death from death camps in the Indenpendent State of Croatia (NDH).

Saint Nicholas arrives in Indianopolis

Saint Nicholas arrives in Indianopolis
Saint Nicholas arrives in Indianopolis
Saint Nicholas arrives in Indianopolis
Saint Nicholas arrives in Indianopolis

A certified piece of relics of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, was solemnly welcomed at the Indianapolis International Airport by around 50 Orthodox Christians from Central Indiana on Wednesday, September 12 (25), 2013. Six priests, two deacons and faithful from most of Central Indiana's 14 Orthodox Christian churches, with a big cross, church flags and processional fans came with awe and excitement to receive a great gift and blessing from Reverend Nikolay Miletkov, parish priest of All Saints of North America Church of the Diocese of South, Orthodox Church in America.

After a loving and pious veneration of the relics, short prayer service and procession to the cars at the exit of the airport, the gathered group drove to Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the relics would permanently stay. Joined by at least 50 other faithful in the beautifully adorned church with numberless flowers, they continued with Akathist service to the Pillar of Orthodoxy. In a wonderful, heavenly ambient, people of all colors, heritages and customs prostrated themselves with love, joy and thanksgiving before the Rule of Faith, Image of Humility and Protector of the Poor, Inflicted and Travelers. 

Monastery Slava in New Carlisle

Monastery Slava in New Carlisle
Monastery Slava in New Carlisle
Monastery Slava in New Carlisle
Monastery Slava in New Carlisle

The Serbian Orthodox Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana celebrated their Slava - Birth of the Most Holy Theotokos - on September 21, 2013.  The celebration started with a vigil on the eve of the feast.  It was crowned with the Divine liturgy and fellowship.  Two bishops, monastics, multitudes of faithful – whoever was present was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude.  Glory to God for all things – Most Holy Theotokos pray to God for us.