His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, ushered into the Throne of the Patriarchs of Pech
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Stavropigial Laura of the Serbian Patriarchs - the Patriarchate of Pech. His Holiness, together with the bishops of our Holy Church representing all of the continents, concelebrated with the representatives of all the Autocephalous and Autonomous Orthodox Churches. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was attended by the President of the Republic of Serbia Boris Tadic, Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and representatives of the Diplomatic Corps.
During the Service of God Their Eminences Metropolitans JOvan of Zagreb and Ljubljana and Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral introduced Patriarch Irinej to the Throne of Serbian Patriarch calling the word Worthy (Axios).
At the end of the formal act Patriarch held a sermon.
His Holiness Irinej at the Divine Liturgy, besides the Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, was concelebrated by: Metropolitan Emanuel and Metropolitan Teoliptos of Iconia (Ecumenical Patriarchate), Metropolitan Kalynikos of Pilusia (Alexandrian Patriarchate), Archbishop Nyphon (Patriarchate of Antioch), Archbishop Teophylact of Jordan (Jerusalem Patriarchate), Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk (Moscow Patriarchate), Metropolitan Gerasim Sharashenidze (Georgian Patriarchate), Metropolitan Irenaeus of Oltenia and bishops Nikodim and Danilo (Romanian Patriarchate), Metropolitan Dometian of Vidin (Bulgarian Patriarchate), Archbishop Chrysostomos II of Nea Justiniana and all Cyprus (Cypriot Patriarchate), Metropolitan Teologos of Seres and Metropolitan Symeon of New Smyrna (Hellenic Archbishopric), Metropolitan Ignateous of Verat (Albanian Orthodox Church), Archbishop Avelof Lublin and Holm (Polish Orthodox Church), Archbishop of Prague and Metropolitan of Czech lands and Slovakia Christofer, Bishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and West Pennsylvania (Orthodox Church in USA).
The Divine Liturgy and the formal act of the enthronement was attended by: President of the Papal Council for promoting Christian Unity H.E. Monsignor Kurt Koch, Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar, Leopold Rohmes, Vicar General, Msgr. Andrija Kopilovic, (Catholic Church), Jonathan Goodall (Anglican Church), Tjeerd Hielke Wolters (SSC), Archbishop Karekin of Germany from the Armenian Church, representatives of the Islamic Community of Serbia, the Slovak Evangelical Church, the Federation of Jewish Communities, the Evangelical Christian Church; Mr. Constantine Triandaphilos, director of the IOCC, the delegation of the Fund of Andrewi the First-called from Moscow.
The Patriarchal throne was engraved and it is a gift from Hellenic Archdiocese, and an icon of Lord Jesus Christ on the throne is the handwork done by nuns from the monastery of Zica.The new vestment intended for Patriarch Irinej for the formal act of enthronement, done in the embroidery with the 12 icons of big holidays, the work of Atelier RIZA - the workshop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand, donated by the Crnomarkovic brothers, Krstan and Peter,j and their sisters Olga Lukic and Milica Radan for the repose of souls of their parents Marija and Duro.
Courtesy of the Public Service of the Radio Television of Serbia the live broadcast of the Enthronement we were broadcasting on the official website of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the comment of His Grace Bishop Porfirije of Jegar.