The Elevation of the Venerable and Life-Creating Cross of the Lord: The pagan Roman emperors tried to completely eradicate from human memory the holy places where our Lord Jesus Christ suffered and was resurrected for mankind. The Emperor Hadrian (117-138) gave orders to cover over the ground of Golgotha and the Sepulchre of the Lord, and to build a temple of the pagan goddess Venus and a statue of Jupiter.
Pagans gathered at this place and offered sacrifice to idols there. Eventually after 300 years, by Divine Providence, the great Christian sacred remains, the Sepulchre of the Lord and the Life-Creating Cross were again discovered and opened for veneration. This took place under the Emperor Constantine the Great (306-337) after his victory in the year 312 over Maxentius, ruler of the Western part of the Roman empire, and over Licinius, ruler of its Eastern part. In the year 323 Constantine became the sole ruler of the vast Roman Empire.
His Beatitude Patriarch Teophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine visited the Serbian capital on the Sunday of the 25th of September 2016, following the consecration of the church of Saint John Vladimir in Bar, Montenegro.
His Beatitude Patriarch Teophilos III was welcomed at the Saint Sava Cathedral by the clergy of this Cathedral headed by Dean protopresbyter-staurophor Dr. Vladimir Vukasinovic and in the presence of a multitude of believers. After the solemn doxology, His Beatitude was greeted on behalf of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej by the principal of the church, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica.
Patriarch Teophilos of Jerusalem consecrated the Cathedral church of Saint John Vladimir in Bar, Montenegro, and celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. - A huge number of faithful were present on this historical day, the 25th of September, 2016.
His Beatitude Patriarch Teophilos III of Jerusalem and All Palestine consecrated the Cathedral church of Saint John Vladimir in Bar, Montenegro, with the concelebration of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania, His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan and representatives of all Local Orthodox Churches. At the plateau in front of the church there were more than thousand Orthodox believers who were prayerfully present at the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy.
In presence of Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine Teophilos III, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Archbishop Anastasios of Albania, representatives of all Local Orthodox Churches, other Christian confessions, Islamic Community, representatives of the diplomatic corps, political and cultural life and many thousands of Orthodox believers, a solemn academy was held at the plateau of the Cathedral church of Saint John Vladimir in Bar, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the repose of the saint, in the evening on 24 September 2016.
The solemn lecture was held by the Vicar Bishop of Metropolitan of Montenegro, His Grace Kirill of Dioclea.
His Beatitude Patriarch Teophilos of Jerusalem and All Palestine Teophilos III, accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Aristarch of Constantina, arrived on 24 September at 5 pm in Bar, Montenegro, on the occasion of the consecration of the Cathedral church of Saint John Vladimir. At the same time His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, also arrived, accompanied by Bishops Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Dositej of Britain-Scandinavia.
As an emissary of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Emanuel of France, arrived to the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral on the occasion of this magnificent event. Bishop Jovan of Banat, who also came to Bar, conveyed a blessing from His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania. The Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church Archbishop Anastasios arrived the same day at the border crossing Sukobin, where he was welcomed by Bishop Kirilo od Dioclea with the clergy of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral and professor of the Seminary of Cetinje Apolon Miscenko.
While paying a canonical visitation to the Diocese of Canada, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, in the presence of many Hierarchs, enthroned the former Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America as Diocesan Bishop of Canada, on the Sunday of the 18th September 2016.