Synaxis of the Holy Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

In the Orthodox Church it is customary, on the day following the Great Feasts of the Lord and the Mother of God, to remember those saints who participated directly in the sacred event. So, on the day following the Theophany of the Lord, the Church honors the one who participated directly in the Baptism of Christ, placing his own hand upon the head of the Savior.

St John, the holy Forerunner and Baptist of the Lord, whom the Lord called the greatest of the prophets, concludes the history of the Old Testament and opens the era of the New Testament. The holy Prophet John bore witness to the Only-Begotten Son of God, incarnate in the flesh. St John was accounted worthy to baptize Him in the waters of the Jordan, and he was a witness of the Theophany of the Most Holy Trinity on the day of the Savior’s Baptism.

Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by Saint John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of Illumination and the Feast of Lights, since God is Light and has appeared to illumine “those who sat in darkness,” and “in the region of the shadow of death” (Mt.4:16), and to save the fallen race of mankind by grace.

In the ancient Church it was the custom to baptize catechumens at the Vespers of Theophany, so that Baptism also is revealed as the spiritual illumination of mankind.

Prayer of Supplication at the beginning of the New Year in front of Saint Sava Cathedral in Vracar

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served a prayer of supplication (moleben) and sent prayers for the salvation of the people in Montenegro, Kosovo and Metohija and all Serbian places on the plateau in front of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Vracar on 13 January 2020 (phоto gallery).

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac in the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, head of the Saint Sava Cathedral. After the prayer of supplication, at midnight, to the delight of the many faithful people of the capital, a traditional fireworks show was prepared.

The Patriarch receives Ambassador of Serbia to Ukraine

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received a newly appointed Ambassador of Serbia to Ukraine, His Excellency Aleksandar Jovanovic, in the Serbian Patriarchate on 15 January 2020.

The reception was attended by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa.

Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Singing Society

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served on 14 January 2020, on the feast day of the Saint Basil the Great, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral church during which he broke the slava cake of the First Belgrade Singing Society. (photо gallery).