Bishop Lukijan of Osijek-Polje and Baranja reposed in the Lord

Bishop Lukijan of Osijek-Polje and  Baranja fell asleep in the Lord in the afternoon of 24 May 2017 at the Clinical Hospital Center in Osijek, Croatia.

Bishop Lucian (Vladulov) was born on 9 May 1933 in Heifeldt (today's New Kolarci in Banat). He finished the Theological Seminary in Sremski Karlovici as well as the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade.

The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada

The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
The Opening of the Relics of Our Father Among the Saints Mardarije First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, the relics of St. Mardarije, which have laid in the Church of St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, since his internment in December 1935, were uncovered. The opening revealed St. Mardarije’s holy relics to be incorrupt.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, His Grace Bishop Longin served Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery with Sindjel Serafim (Milojkovic), Priest Nikolaj Kostur and Hierodeacon Nektarije (Tesanovic), in preparation for uncovering the relics. Following the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Longin and the other clergy served a Moleban with the Akathist written to St. Mardarije. Upon completion, the crew organized to remove the tombstone and flooring in order to exhume the relics arrived, under the guidance of Mr. Dusan Djordjevic of Sveta Gora Funeral Home in Chicago. After removal of the stone, it was revealed that the casket of St. Mardarije was in a cement vault. This caused the opening to be delayed one additional day in order to organize a team to open the vault.

The Serbian Patriarch received the Greek Minister of Defense

The Serbian Patriarch received the Greek Minister of Defense
The Serbian Patriarch received the Greek Minister of Defense
The Serbian Patriarch received the Greek Minister of Defense
The Serbian Patriarch received the Greek Minister of Defense

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Panos Kammenos, Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Greece, at the Serbian Patriarchate Palace in Belgrade on 24 May 2017.

The Honorable Minister expressed his gratitude to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for a gift as well as for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of life of people both in Serbia and Greece and some topics of general interest. The Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked the distinguished guest for the visit and the delivered gift, wishing him abundant blessings from the Lord and a full success in his future work.

The Serbian Patriarch received the Director of the World Jewish Congress

The Serbian Patriarch received the Director of the World Jewish Congress
The Serbian Patriarch received the Director of the World Jewish Congress
The Serbian Patriarch received the Director of the World Jewish Congress
The Serbian Patriarch received the Director of the World Jewish Congress

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Robert Singer, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 23 May 2017.

Mr. Singer expressed his gratitude to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of life and the problems faced by the peoples in Serbia, the Middle East and in Europe. The Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked the distinguished guest for the visit and respect for the Serbian people, wishing him divine blessings in his future activities.

The Ascension of the Lord – Patron Feast of the City of Belgrade

The Divine Liturgy celebrated in the church of the Ascension of the Lord in Belgrade and a solemn procession through central streets of the City of Belgrade marked Belgrade’s Patronal feast – Ascension of the Lord (photo gallery - Deacon Dragan Tanasijević).

Holy Liturgy was presided over by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishop Irinej of Eastern America and Antonije, Vicar Bishop of Moravice. The Bishop Irinej pointed out in his sermon that the Feast of the Ascension was the feast connecting heaven and earth.