His Holiness Irinej attended the greatest jubilee in Libertyville. Yesterday, for the first time as the Patriarch, His Holiness served in New Gracanica.
On Saturday, August 11, 2012 on the 70th anniversary of Saint Sava Children’s Camp, at the Stauropegic monastery of Saint Sava in Libertyville, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch held the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Longin of Nova Gracanica-Midwestern America and Peter of Clevelend, as well as many priests and deacons.
At the end of the Holy Liturgy, His Grace Bishop Longin warmly welcomed His Holiness with a cordial speech. Bishop Longin expressed the importance of the presence of His Holiness in this region, because, as the Patriarch, he is the symbol of the unity of the Serbian Church and the Serbian people.
Then His Holiness addressed the believers, with lots of fatherly love and care, expressing the importance of the monastery of Saint Sava, as the oldest Serbian spiritual centre on the American continent. Also he pointed out the special role that the monastery had for the preservation of the unity of the Serbian people in this country through history.
On Sunday, August 13, 2012 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the New Gracanica Monastery with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America and many clergy and deacons.
At the end of liturgy His Grace Bishop Longin addressed His Holiness, welcoming him to the New Gracanica monastery and the Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, expressing his great joy that His Holiness, for the first time since his enthronement, served the liturgy in this monastery.
In Gorazdevac near Pec a commemoration was held for the children killed in 2003 while swimming in the Bistrica river. The investigation that EULEX took over from UNMIK was closed. Families have been waiting for justice for nine years.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno consecrated yesterday on August 13, 2012 foundations of the church devoted to Holy King Stefan of Decani in Zemun's suburb of May the thirteenth. The church is built by people of this area along with members of the Special Anti-terrorist Unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and the Electronic Warfare Unit of the Serbian Army which are stationed close to this church.