His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch consecrated today newly built monastery of St. Sava in Golija with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Nikanor of Banat, Filaret of Mileseva, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and Maxim of Western America on Sunday, May 13, 2012 and he served the Divine Liturgy there.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Divine Liturgy in Herzegovina's village of Mrkonjici, on the feast of St. Basil of Ostrog with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, retired Atanasije of Herzegovina, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Fotije of Dalmatia and Maxim of Western America.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch came today to Trebinje where he was welcomed by the highest officials of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Republic of Srpska, as well as thousands of citizens of this and neighbouring municipalities. The Patriarch was welcomed by Their Graces Bishops Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Fotije of Dalmatia, Maxim of Western America and retired Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic); as well as the President of the Republic of Srpska Milorad Dodik, director of the Department for faith of the Republic of Srpska Jovo Turanjanin, adviser to the President of Serbia Mladjen Djordjevic, BiH Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Mirko Sarovic, Serbian director Emir Kusturica, priesthood and monks of the Diocese of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, as well as many guests.
The church slava of the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi, seat of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, which church is devoted to St. Great Martyr George, began on the Eve of the feast on Saturday, May 5, with the solemn vigil service. The service was held by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, vicar of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration of many priests. The vigil service was attended by His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, who addressed the present.
On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of the Primary school "St. Sava" in the hall of the Municipality of Vracar an exhibition of old photographs has been opened, and in the ceremonial hall of the Municipality building the solemn academy was held. With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno awarded gramata to Dejan Stankovic, the school director. The pupils prepared a rich cultural and art programme for the guests.