Ascension Day – the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the capital was celebrated yesterday with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of the Holy Ascension of the Lord in Belgrade. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Liturgy and the traditional slava procession through central streets of Belgrade (photo gallery).
At the Liturgy to His Holiness concelebrated: His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Irinej of Australia-New Zealand, Andrej of Austria-Switzerland, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi. This year’s host of the slava was Mr. Sinisa Mali, Mayor of Belgrade. Metropolian Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral addressed the people gathered at the Ascension church.
The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on today’s session brought its final decision in which His Grace Bishop Georgije of Canada was permanently released from administering the Diocese of Canada.
The Diocese of Canada is temporarily administered by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
St Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia. The Transfer of the Relics from Myra of Lycia to Bari in Italy His Life is found under December 6.
In the eleventh century the Byzantine Empire was going through some terrible times. The Turks put an end to its influence in Asia Minor, they destroyed cities and villages, they murdered the inhabitants, and they accompanied their cruel outrage with the desecration of churches, holy relics, icons and books. The Mussulmen also attempted to destroy the relics of St Nicholas, deeply venerated by the whole Christian world.
When the day of the Jewish Pentecost drew near, the disciples of Christ returned from Galilee to Jerusalem.
On the fortieth day after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, they were all together in one house. Jesus Christ appeared to them and spoke with them saying, "Thus it is written that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation. He, who believes and is baptized, will be saved, but he, who does not believe, will be condemned. And these signs accompanies those who believe: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover."
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Memorial-Cathedral of Saint Sava on Vracar yesterday, on May 17th, 2015.
Their Graces Bishops Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Marko of Bregalnica and David of Stobi concelebrated with the Archbishop.
On May 10, at King’s College London, one of the top 20 universities in the world (2013-4 QS international world rankings), a rare history and fine art book, published by Sebastian Press, was presented to a wider public interested to study or expand their knowledge about the cultural heritage of Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia).
Bishop Maxim of Western America and Abbott Sava of Decani Monastery spoke about the book at the College Chapel at the Strand. This chapel is seen by many as the spiritual heart of the College. Vocal quartet led by Bozidar Smiljanic sung during the presentation.