With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch last night, on June 9, 2011, the traditional Whit Ceremonies began at the plateau facing the church of St. Petka on the Kalemegdan. The ceremonies will finish on the Whit Tuesday, until when visitors will have an opportunity every day at 19h to follow programs in which eminent artists, opera singers, choirs, drama artists and poets will participate.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended today the Annual Assembly of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The meeting, which was opened by academician Nikola Hajdin, the president of the SASA, besides the members of this highest national scientific and cultural institution, also was attended by Mr. Dragan Djilas, the Mayor of Belgrade, deans of the Universities in Belgrade and Kragujevac, representatives of the Ministry of Culture of the R. of Serbia, city officials, the Crown Council, Matica Srpska, the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, as well as scientific, educational and cultural institutions with which the Academy cooperates.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on May 30, 2011 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade His Eminence Metropolitan Kyrril of Varna and Veliki Preslav accompanied by His Excellency Georgi Dimitrov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Serbia.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch recieved today on June 1, 2011 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade Her Excellency Ana Hrustanovic, newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Italy.
The feast day of the capital, Belgrade - the Ascension of the Lord was also solemnly celebrated this year. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch in the church of the Ascension of the Lord, with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia-New Zealand and many priests, was a beginning of the joyful celebration of the feast day.
Following the solemn celebration of the monastery's Patron Saint's Day of the Ascension of Christ, in the monastery of Visoki Decani an assembly of the monastic fraternity was held in the evening hours, which was presided by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.