The Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission , responsible for preparation of agenda of an upcoming Holy and Great Assembly of the Orthodox Church, began working 10th December at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, near Geneve. The Commission will discuss the three topics from pre-prepared catalogue: the question of a way of declaring autonomy and autocephaly, as well as the question of diptych, which is order and rank of the Churches. It is planned that the Commission's work lasts until December 17, and its proposed texts will be submitted for a discussion and an adoption by the next in the row, the Fifth Pan-Orthodox Conference (previously four conferences were held in 1976,1982,1986,2009).
Regarding the information that one of the deputies of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, on the session held in the afternoon on November 25, 2009, read my alleged letter regarding the proposal of the Statute of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, I can only make a statement that it is a clear forgery, which is a felony.
Namely, neither on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops nor on behalf of me I did not comment on the theme that is being just discussed by the Assembly.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, on its session on November 25, 2009, brought a decision that the Divine Liturgy and 40-day memorial service will be served on December 24 of this year at St. Sava Cathedral on Vrachar. The Divine Liturgy will commence at 9:00am and the memorial service will be served at the end of the Divine Liturgy around 11:00am. Afterwards, at Monastery Rakovica, at the grave of Patriarch of blessed repose a commemoration will be served.
At the same session the Holy Synod of Bishops scheduled a session of the Elective Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church on January 22, 2010.
From the Office of the Holy Synod of Bishops
We inform the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church that Cathedral Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade will be closed on November 19, 2009 at 02:00am, due to preparations of the church for the Divine Liturgy which will be served on that day, at 07:30am. At the same time, we ask them to plan their arrival at Cathedral church only by this time, because after it they will not be able to enter the church.
Thanks to the Serbian Broadcasting Service (RTS) , the official website of the Serbian Orthodox Church www.spc.rs will broadcast directly the Divine Liturgy, the funeral service and the burrial of Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose.
The Committee which is organizing
the funeral of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose on the
session held on November 17, 2009 taking
into account the enormous interest of the faithful of the
Serbian Orthodox Church at first, and the wider public as well, decided with a wholehearted support of the the Serbian Broadcasting Service (RTS) to provide all local and foreign radio broadcasting companies transfer of broadcasting signal and sound recordings.