His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic with many priests, monks and the faithful of Berane and the valley of Lim welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Djurdjevi Stupovi, Cathedral monastery of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, on July 27th, 2014.
In his welcome speech His Grace thanked His Holiness for accepting the invitation to participate in solemnizing the seventieth anniversary of the cruel slaughter of innocent children, women and elderly people from the village of Velika near Plav and its surroundings, committed by fascist-Ballist criminals from the “Prinz Eugen” and “Skenderbeg” divisions during the Second World War, precisely on the 28th of July 1944.
On the eve of the feast-day of Holy Archangel Gabriel there gathered a pleroma the Serbian Orthodox Church led by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade, the Serbian capital.
The occasion for this solemn gathering was a proclamation of the newly-elected Bishop Sergije. Namely, in May of this year, the Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Very Venerable Sergije, Archimandrite of Saint Nicholas Monastery of Rmanj, Bishop of the Diocese of Middle Europe. His Holiness Irinej headed the rite of the proclamation along with Their Graces Bishops: Dimitrios of Saphitos (Church of Antioch), Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Pahomije of Vranje, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Marko of Bregalnica, as well as retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and retired Bishop Konstantine of Middle-Europe.
Consecration of Bishop Sergije as future Bishop of Middle Europe took place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 26th July, 2014.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa, Dimitrios of Saphitos, Lukijan of Osijek-Polje, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Pahomije of Vranje, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, Fotije of Dalmatia, Marko of Bregalnica, David of Krusevac, David of Stobi, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, retired Konstantine of Middle Europe and Archimandrite Ilarion (Golubovic), newly-elected Bishop of Timok; Archimandrite Arsenije (Glavcic), newly-elected Bishop of Toplice; Archimandrite Jeronim (Mocevic), newly-elected Bishop of Jegar. Bishop Maxim of Western America and Vasilije retired Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla also participated prayerfully in this ceremony. Priests from many Dioceses of our holy Church concelebrated as well.
The rite of consecration of newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe Sergije will take place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 26 July 2014. His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej will celebrate the solemn Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in this Cathedral church.
The solemn rite of the enthronement into the throne of bishops of Central Europe will be performed at the Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Himmelsthür on September 7th, 2014.
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The newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe Archimandrite Sergije (Karanovic) was born on 4 July 1975 in BackaPalanka, and was baptized as Zoran. His family originate from Boboljusci, near Martin Brod. He finished primary school in his native town, and in 1990, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa he attended the Seminary of Three Holy Hierarchs at Krka Monastery, Dalmatia. He finished school with great success in 1995, during the civil war in Croatia, before the suffering and exodus of the Serbs from Krajina. The same year he received blessing and a canonical release from Bishop Irinej of Backa and was accepted to the Diocese of Bihac-Petrovac, which suffered from the war destruction, in autumn 1995.
Orthodoxy in Melbourne under the aegis of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Oceania commemorated the beginning of the First World War in the "Axion Estin" ("It is Truly Meet") Greek Orthodox Monastery in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 July 2014 with the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service.