Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from the regular session held in Belgrade from May 16-27, 2011.
In Belgrade, at the Serbian Patriarchate, the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church was held from May 16-27, 2011, presided by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch. Participating in the Assembly were all the diocesan bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as of the autonomous Archbishopric of Ohrid led by His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan.
The Holy Assembly of Bishops began its work with the joint service of the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade, led by Serbian Patriarch Irinej and served the Invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth and wisdom, in Whom the Church lives and always works, especially in the assemblies of its bishops. Afterwards the President of the Assembly, His Holiness Patriarch in his introductory speech to the Assembly indicated some of the current questions of the life and mission of the Church in these times, times of difficult trials for us and for the world, but also times of hope and spiritual action.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch exchanged Easter greetings with all heads of Orthodox autocephaly and autonomous Churches, many archbishops, metropolitans and bishops.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej has received lots of greetings from higher and secondary education institutions of the Serbian Orthodox Church, administrations of monasteries and many believers in the country and from the diaspora.
Not being able to individually thank everyone, he does in this way, with best wishes for every good of all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by sending them a fatherly greeting and patriarchal blessing.
On the Eve of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, on Sunday May 1st, delegation of the Committee for Jasenovac which consisted of protosyngellos Mr Jovan Culibrk, coordinator of the Committee and monk Mr Pavle Kondic by special invitation participated the central ceremony in the Memorial institution Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. During the ceremony President of Israel Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave speeches, while the central part of the ceremony was lighting the six memorial torches in memory of six million killed Jews during the World War Two. On behalf of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem at the ceremony Arcbishop Aristarch of Constantina, the Secretary General of the Holy Synod, participated, as well as the representatives of other Christian communities in the Holy Land.
The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Pascha, 2011
I R I N E J
By the grace of God
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with the all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church – to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Paschal greeting:
CHRIST IS RISEN!
INDEED HE IS RISEN!
“Christ is risen!
He has destroyed death,
Bringing eternal life”!
Greeting you, dear brothers and sisters, with these words of eternal joy, in their light and immortal meaning, we, your hierarchs, witness before you and all people the great and holy truth of our Christian faith and our Orthodox Church. Enlightened by the light of Christ’s resurrection, we learn that on earth there are only two kinds of people, two kinds of faithful: those that believe in eternal life and who live by it and for it; and the other kind, those who worship death and nothingness. Every one of us, every day, every moment of our earthly life, should ask himself: to which of these two groups do I belong, to what kind of people do I belong? Do I belong to those who have recognized that they are eternal and immortal beings, or do I belong to those who believe that death and nothingness are their beginning and end, ultimately consuming all beings and all things? Am I in the community of salvation with those who already here on earth live with and for eternal life; or am I in that sad company of those ruled by death? That is why, among other things, such people restlessly hold on to transient life, worshipping – publicly and secretly – death and ephemeral matters…
Address at the J. Dennis Hastert Center
for Economics, Government and Public Policy
at Wheaton College
by H.E. Mr. Vuk Jeremić
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia,
17 March 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It's a distinct honor and privilege to be a guest of the Hastert Center, named after the longest-serving Republican House Speaker in history.
I would especially like to thank President Ryken and Professor Norton for the invitation to address you here tonight, at the premier liberal arts college of evangelical Christianity.
Your Beatitude, regarding the catastrophic earthquake with a great number of casualties that struck Japan, we pray for You that along with your families of the suffered and all people of Japan receive our sincere and deep condolence. We pray to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is Resurrection and Life (John 11,25) for the repose of their souls, and give comfort to You, the families and to all brotherly people of Japan through the grief.
His Holiness also sent the telegram of condolence to His Excellency Mr. Toshio Tsunozaki, the Ambassador of Japan in Belgrade.