Today at the Patriarchate Court a session of the Committee which is organizing the funeral of Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose was held. On behalf of the Committee Bishop Dr. Irinej of Bachka and Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Herzegovina addressed the public.
Since the session of the Committee was devoted to organizing routes on which the prayerful procession will go Bishop Irinej of Bachka emphasized words of the representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs who said that policemen will not only be the guardians of order but, as all the faithful, will participate in the prayerful procession.
Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Herzegovina said the Divine Liturgy will be served at Cathedral church at 7:30am, afterwards the prayer procession will go towards St. Sava Memorial-Cathedral in 9.30 hours, and through these streets: Knez Sima Markovic, Pop Lukina, Brankova, via Zeleni Venac and Prizrenska to Terazije square where it will be served a brief commemoration. After that the procession will go along Kralja Milana towards Slavija square, and further through Bulevar Oslobodjenja until Krusedolska street, where the coffin held by the hands of Bishops will be transferred to the plateau in front of St. Sava Cathedral. There will be served the funeral service at 11am.
After the funeral service, the coffin with the body of Patriarch Pavle will be transferred to Monastery Rakovica through following streets: Bulevar Oslobodjenja, Autokomanda, Bulevar Oslobodjenja, Trosarina, Crnotravska, Borska, Miska Kranjca, Patrijarha Dimitrija, to Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel in Rakovica, in Patrijarha Dimitrija 34.
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The body of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose was transferred to the Cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel in Belgrade, where Divine Liturgies and commemorations are served every day with Gospel reading.
The faithful who would like to do the reverence to Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose, they can do that at the Belgrade's Cathedral church which is constantly open.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, following a meeting of the Committee which is organizing the funeral of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose on Monday, November 16, 2009 at the Patriarchate, informed the media of some details related to the funeral service for Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, after the extraordinary session on the Sunday evening at teh Patriarchate court informed the public about a few details regarding the requiem service of Patriarch Pavle of blessed repose. Bishop Irinej of Bachka said that the Holy Synod dealt with particulars that are strictly prescribed in such circumstances.
The Basic Court in Veles sentenced in absence His Eminence Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan to imprisonment on two years and six months for a criminal offence "evasion” . Except that, the court ordered that Archbishop pays the compensation to the schismatic MOC in the amount of 14,804.211 denars which is 240,000 EUR. How the court ordered this sort of sum, when the schismatic MOC requested the compensation of 20,083.000 denars or 330,000 EUR, is known only to the court. Though, the expertise showed that Archbishop did not take any denar for himself, and all what was being purchased ,while he was responsible for Dioceses where he was bishop, has been left as the inventory of the schismatic MOC. Because of that, Archbishop was released two times by the court of the first instance, but the court of appeals brought back the procedure on a new trial.
There is no one in Macedonia who is not familiar that the trials against Archbishop motivated politically and with a political background. One thing is certain that the schismatic MOC will not get negotiations about its status until the state authorities are still hunting Archbishop.
We deeply regret the violence committed against Your citizen Brice Taton that happened in our city and which led to the death of this young man. On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and in my name and on behalf of all the fullness of the Serbian Church, I express most sincere condolences to a Brice's family, his friends, the French citizens and all those who knew him. We pray to our Lord Jesus Christ, to inspire and multiply goodwill among people and to direct the hearts of all of us to the persistent fight against any evil.
Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral