His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today on the Annunciation of the Lord and Lazarus Saturday, the Divine Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral Church. On today's feast day of Lazarus Saturday is also the Patron Saint's Day of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, so today's Liturgical gathering was especially solemn.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch presided yesterday, on April 5, 2012 over the Diocesan Council of the Archbshopric of Belgrade-Karlovac during which most important issues regarding the life of our Holy Church in the Serbian capital were reviewed. Presbyter Miroslav Colakovic, secretary of the Diocesan governing board, delivered the account for the last and the budget for this year, which were unanimously passed. The next session of the Diocesan council is scheduled for April 18, 2012.
Only six short months ago, with the blessing and support of His Grace Bishop Maxim, our Circle of 100 Chairperson, Ronald Radakovich and his wife Mickey, began an ambitious diocesan fundraising campaign to raise $300,000 for the rebuilding of our Holy Monastery Hilandar on Mount Athos. Their vision motivated and enabled them to inspire 100 individuals/families to become benefactors, donating $1,000 a year for three years.
Today, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, we can pause and reflect on what has been accomplished. A Circle of 100 Benefactors have answered a call to embark on a three year journey together to preserve our sacred heritage and significantly contribute, prayerfully and monetarily, to the reconstruction and restoration of our Holy Monastary Hilandar founded in 1198 by the first Archbishop of Serbia, Saint Sava, and his father, Saint Simeon, on Mount Athos.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in the church of Holy Trinity in Zaklopaca. On this occasion the confession of the clergy of the Episcopal Deanery of Vracar-Grocka.