His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno celebrated, with the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the Divine Liturgy on the feast day of Saint Alypius the Stylite in the Saint George Church in Banovo Brdo in Belgrade.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church, having learned of the falling asleep in the Lord of the deeply revered Patriarch Ignatius IV of the Antioch and All the East, extended to His Eminence Archbishop Paul of Sydney, Metropolitan of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, the reverend clergy, venerable monastics, and faithful of the Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, his most sincere and heartfelt condolences and prayers for the repose of His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV.
On the day when the Church of Christ devoted to Saint Alypius the Stylite, on December 9, 2012, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Divine Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral Church. The First Singing Society sang responses and the clergy of the church concelebrated. Following the Holy Communion, Patriarch Irinej served the memorial service to Patriarch Ignatius of Antioch.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, and with the support of the Committee for Kosovo and Metohija of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the secretary of the Committee, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Lipljan; a group of pilgrims went to Kosovo and Metohia, Albania and Montenegro. The whole journey was planned and organized with the blessing of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and in cooperation with the clergy of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral.
Over the weekend of November 10-11, 2012, His Grace Bishop Longin visited St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in South St. Paul, Minnesota, accompanied by Diocesan Deacon Nikolaj Kostur. Vladika Longin was greeted on Saturday evening in front of the church, at which time Vespers began. After the service, Parish Priest Slobodan Spasic warmly welcomed His Grace to the parish, commenting that this was the first visit of Bishop Longin to the parish. A dinner was then served in honor of the Bishop’s arrival.