Current events in the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Patriarch Irinej and President Vucic visited the Church of Saint Sava

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic visited the church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district of Belgrade. - I am glad that all citizens of Serbia and all the Serbs wherever they live will soon be able to come to the Church and see what generations of our ancestors and we  ourselves have managed to do together, President Vucic wrote on his Instagram account on October 22, 2020.

The Serbian Patriarch and the Minister of Health in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Dr. Zlatibor Loncar, called on all the citizens of Serbia to adhere to anti-epidemic measures during the next period, and during family patron saints celebrations, in order to preserve public health.

In an interview for “Politika” the Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana, Dr. Porfirije, said: Some individuals from the top of the Belgrade University administration have been constantly putting pressure on the administration and professors of the Orthodox Theological Faculty.

Completed mosaics unveiled in Belgrade’s St. Sava Cathedral

On Thursday, October 22, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and Serbian President Aleksandr Vučić visited St. Sava’s Cathedral in Belgrade to examine the newly-revealed mosaics.

Last month, OrthoChristian reported that work on the cathedral’s unique and beautiful mosaics was completed. Now that most of the scaffolding in the church has been removed, the images of the Lord and His saints are visible to the public for the first time.

Patron Saint-day of the Bukovo Monastery

On the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God, October 14, 2020, His Grace Bishop Ilarion of Timok served the Holy Liturgy in the side chapel of the Bukovo monastery.

The bishop was assisted by the clergy of the Diocese of Timok, while members of the choir of the Zajecar church sang responses. In addition to numerous believers, Dr. Mileta Radojevic, Head of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities of the Ministry of Justice of the Government of the Republic of Serb; Mr. Dragan Popovic, President of the Municipality of Majdanpek; and Mr. Vladimir Velickovic, President of the Municipality of Negotin attended prayerfully.

His Holiness celebrated in the Ascension church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Ascension church in Belgrade on 25 October 2020.

The Patriarch was concelebrate by local priests and deacons. On this occasion His Holiness Serbian Patriarch ordained deacon Bosko Savic, Professor of the Sain Sava Seminary in Belgrade, a presbyter.

Saint Petka of the Balkans, you are glory and praise of Belgrade

   

Saint Petka or Parascheva of the Balkans  (Greek Παρασκευή - Friday)  was an ascetic female saint of the 11th century. She was born in the town of Epibatos (today Selimpaşa) on the shore of the Sea of Marmara between Silivri and Constantinople in Thrace in the half of  X century. She was of Serbian origin, from a wealthy and pious family. She had a brother, whose name was Euthymios, and who took monastic vows when he was very young, and later he was elected for Bishop of Madyta (989-996).