The Liturgy in the chapel of the Patriarchal Residence

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of the Patriarchal Residence in Belgrade on 7 March 2021, on Meatfare Sunday. 

Farewell speech of the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije at the funeral of Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic) of blessed repose

  With the blessing of the Patriarch, the letter was read by His Eminence Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia.

Brothers archbishops, priests, monks and nuns, faithful people of Saint Sava‘s Herzegovina and all of you, brothers and sisters from various Serbian areas: from Kosovo to Jadovno, from Thessaloniki to Buda, wherever there are Serbian birds, arrived in Trebinje and the Tvrdos monastery to see off our father and Bishop Atanasije on the way from death to life. To eternal life! Even more - countless more - are ourselves who are in the spirit with you and grieve that we cannot receive the last blessing and the last kiss to give. Among them are me, once young and ignorant, and the bishop would say an unknown student of the first year of theology. But - his student, which I am infinitely proud of, and my heart is full when I say it or think about it, and I trust many bishops, priests, monks, who were his students, who listened to him at the faculty in those old years, at public lectures in Belgrade, and also those who serve the Church as lay people, and on Sundays and holidays they flocked to the Vavedenje monastery, where he, together with wonderful professors, served our fathers Amfilohije and Irinej and opened the doors of the Kingdom of Heaven to us on earth.

Funeral procession from Trebinje to Tvrdos and burial of the late Bishop Atanasije

After the Matins, funeral service and the Liturgy, the funeral procession, led by the clergy, carrying the body of the newly departed Bishop Atanasije, set off from the Cathedral church through the central city streets, through Zasad Polje, to the Tvrdos Monastery, where the burial place was prepared.

A funeral procession with thousands of faithful escorted the body of the late Bishop Atanasije from Trebinje to the Tvrdos monastery, laying his burial first in front of the catholicon of this monastery, where a memorial service was held. After that, passing once more through the monastery buildings, the body of Bishop Atanasije was laid in a rock under the chapel of the  Resurrection of Christ and covered with earth, Herzegovinian, of Kosovo-Metohia, of Jasenovac ... After laying the body of Bishop Atanasije, Bishop Joanikije of Budva-Niksic and administrator of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral addressed the gathered.

Divine Liturgy before the catafalque of Bishop Atanasije

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in front of the Trebinje Cathedral church from 10 am, after the served Matin and the funeral service of retired Bishop Atanasije of blessed repose.  

The gathering was officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia, with the concelebration of several bishops who also served during the Matin with the funeral service, and who were joined at the Holy Liturgy by Their Graces Bishops Jovan of Slavonia and Atanasije of Milesevo.

Matins and funeral service for Bishop Atanasijе оf blessed repose

In front of the Cathedral church in Trebinje, this morning from 8.30 am, a funeral service was held for the retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina of blessed repose.

The gathering was presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia, with the concelebration of Bishops Justin of Zica, Grigorije of Dusseldorf and Germany, Joanikije of Budva-Niksic and administrator of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral, Maxim of Western America, Arsenije of Nis, Kiril of Buenos Aires and South-Central America, Metodije of Dioclea  and Dimitrije  of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, as well as numerous priests and faithful people of the Church of God.