President of Serbia visits Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received  President of the Republic of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on 22 January, 2015. 

The meeting was attended by the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod. At the meeting they discussed issues and problems faced by the Church and the State, as well as ways of overcoming them.  

Patriarch Irinej receives Ambassador of India

Patriarch Irinej receives Ambassador of India
Patriarch Irinej receives Ambassador of India
Patriarch Irinej receives Ambassador of India
Patriarch Irinej receives Ambassador of India

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of India in Belgrade at the Serbian Patriarchate today, on January 21st, 2015. 

Theophany in Podgorica

Theophany in Podgorica
Theophany in Podgorica
Theophany in Podgorica
Theophany in Podgorica

On the feast of Theophany, His Eminence Amfilohije,Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and a service of the Blessing of the Water at the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica. 

After the Liturgy at the Cathedral church, the Metropolitan blessed the waters under the ancient Nemanjic town, at the confluence of Ribnica into Moraca and in the presence of many believers from Podgorica, at noon. Following this, there was a traditional throwing of the Holy Cross into the water and swimming for it, in which 123 competitors participated.

Bishop Mitrophan at the Blessing of the Susquehanna River

His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America joined Fr. Christopher Rocknage of St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Steelton, Pennsylvania and the Orthodox Clergy of greater Harrisburg on the eve of Theopany, Sunday, January 18, 2015, for the Water Blessing at the Susquehanna River.

Besides Fr. Christopher, concelebrating with the bishop were Fr. Mark Lichtenstein (Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Camp Hill), Fr. Timothy Hojnicki (Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Mechanicsburg), Fr. Daniel Ressetar (Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg), Fr. Stephen Vernak (Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Harrisburg) and Deacon Seraphim Reynolds (Holy Apostles Orthodox Church, Mechanicsburg).

The Eve of Theophany at St. Steven's Cathedral

The Eve of Theophany at St. Steven's Cathedral
The Eve of Theophany at St. Steven's Cathedral
The Eve of Theophany at St. Steven's Cathedral
The Eve of Theophany at St. Steven's Cathedral

For the first time in six years, the Eve of the Theophany of our Lord Jesus Christ (Holy Cross Day) fell on a Sunday. 

His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Liturgy at Saint Steven’s Cathedral with the Cathedral clergy – Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko, Dean, Protopresbyter Stavrophor Ilija Daikovich, Presbyter Norman Kosanovich – and the Diocesan Deacon, Zoran Aleksic.