Patriarch served memorial service for late Serbian hierarchs

Patriarch served memorial service for late Serbian hierarchs
Patriarch served memorial service for late Serbian hierarchs
Patriarch served memorial service for late Serbian hierarchs
Patriarch served memorial service for late Serbian hierarchs

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served memorial service for late Serbian bishops Hristofor, Firmilijan and Dionisije of blessed repose in the Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville, ILL., USA, in the afternoon on 18 July 2017.

Biography of the newly-elected Bishop Atanasije of Milesheva

His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita), elected Bishop of Mileshevo, was born on 7 November 1957 in Janje near Sipovo.

His got the baptismal name Svetko. After finishing primary school in Babici, he absolved  the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Krka monastery. He was tonsured in the same monastery as a graduate of the Seminary on 7 May 1977;  ordained a deacon on 9 May and as presbyter  on 18 December of the same year. He visited father Justin Popovic at Celije Monastery on 1 January r1978 and on 2 January he left for America, where he finished two intensive English language  courses  at the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh.  In September of the same year he enrolled the Saint Vladimir Orthodox Theological Academy in New York. His Professors were Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff, world-famous theologians. In September 1981 he began with a teacher’s career at the Krka Monastery Seminary. Two years later, in 1983, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church transferred him to the St. Cyrill and Methodius Seminary in Prizren, where he was teaching eleven years, until 1994. There he got better acquainted with  the then Bishop Pavle of Raska-Prizren, later Serbian Patriarch.

Serbian Patriarch officiated in the Russian Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago

Serbian Patriarch officiated in the Russian Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago
Serbian Patriarch officiated in the Russian Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago
Serbian Patriarch officiated in the Russian Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago
Serbian Patriarch officiated in the Russian Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Chicago

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia led the Divine Liturgy at the Diocesan Cathedral of the Protection of the Mother of God in Des Plaines, IL here on this day. His Holiness is presently in the United States having led the glorification of the St. Mardarije in Libertyville, IL on July 2/15 and 3/16. - Photo gallery

The other hierarchs participating in the day’s festivities at the Diocesan Cathedral were: Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro (Church of Serbia), Metropolitan Nicolae of the Americas (Church of Romania), Archbishop Nikodim of Severodonetsk and Starobelsk (Ukrainian Orthodox Church Moscow Patriarchate), Archbishop Peter of Chicago & Mid-America (Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia), Bishop Longin of New-Gracanica and the Midwest (Church of Serbia), Bishop Irinej of Eastern-America (Church of Serbia), Bishop Kyrill of Diocleia (Church of Serbia).

Serbian Church glorifies St. Mardarije of Libertyville

The festive celebration of the liturgical glorification of St. Mardarije of Libertyville was held this past weekend July 14-16 at various Serbian Orthodox churches and monasteries, culminating in the glorification Liturgy at St. Sava’s Monastery in Libertyville, where St. Mardarije’s incorrupt relics lie.

The celebrations were headed by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, who left Serbia on July 13, saying, “We joyously anticipate the upcoming celebration of the canonization of St. Mardarije of Libertyville, the first Serbian Orthodox bishop of America and Canada, and sharing in this great spiritual jubilee of our Church and spiritual children in America.”

Liturgy in Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville

Liturgy in Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville
Liturgy in Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville
Liturgy in Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville
Liturgy in Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville

In the presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwest America celbrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville on 18 July 2017.

By the relics of the new-shown Saint Mardarije, Bishop Longin was concelebrated by protosyncellos Seraphim, abbot of the monastery; hieromonks Sergije and Nektarije from New Gracanica and Libertyville, as well as by protodeacon Slobodan Vujasinovic from the Diocese of Srem. Besides Serbian Patriarch, the service was attended by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral. Students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Saint Sava from Libertyville sang responses. During the Holy Liturgy Bishop Longin delivered a sermon.