His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch talked with Mr. Ivica Dacic, Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and Minister of Internal Affairs, and Mr. Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman of the Forbes Publishing company on 24 March 2013, at the parish house of the church of Saint Sava on Vracar.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated yesterday, on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the Divine Liturgy in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar, as well as the memorial service for the suffered in the 1999 NATO bombing.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Bratislav Petkovic, Minister of Culture and Information, and Mr. Zoran Nedeljkovic, head of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate on 21 March 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. The reception was also attended by Mr. Miroslav Jankovic, the head of the Office of Minister of Culture and Information.
The St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio hosted the first Lenten Vespers service on the Sunday of Forgiveness for clergy of the Cleveland Deanery (second group), on the very eve of the Great Fast. Serving were V. Rev. Milovan Katanic, Rev. Milan Pajic and Rev. Dragan Goronjic. Also serving was Deacon Ljubisa Mitrovic who also served as the evening's homilist.
Beloved Clergy and Monastics, Sons and Daughters,
Dear Spiritual Children,
"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels,but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge,and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing (I Cor. 13:1-3)."
So often when we think of salvation, we drastically limit ourselves to the conventional, to living a good and simple, honourable and decent life. Essentially, this is true. Yet often times that which is so simple, so seemingly complete and therefore wholesome, can have so little or nothing to do with our salvation. What then constitutes following the straight and narrow path, if not observing the precepts and the letter of the law? Love!