From the fourth through the seventh centuries A.D., a form of Christian religious devotion flourished in Palestine known as desert monasticism.
Drawing upon biblical descriptions of Elijah (1 Kings 17), John the Baptist (Matthew 3), and Jesus, thousands of devoted Christians departed into the wilderness, becoming hermits seeking the presence of God in solitude (Mark 1).
Paradoxically, this exodus into the wilderness began in the fourth century as Christianity was becoming the official religion of the Roman empire.
Serbian Unity Congress and the Ministry for Religion and Diaspora organized a Round table discussion with the topic "The role of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the preservation of identity of Diaspora" on Monday, 21st of May.
During his stay in Serbia, His Grace Bishop Irinej visited a newly constructed building for the social housing in a supportive environment in Veliki Mokri Lug in Belgrade's municipality of Zvezdara. Eleven refugees and nine internally displaced families who have lived until recently in collective centres in Belgrade, on April 20, 2012 moved into flats in Veliki Mokri Lug.
Photo 1/ Jerusalem: Worshipers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Old city April 14, 2012.
Photo 2/ Orthodox Christian worshippers take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City at midnight on April 15, 2012.
Photo 3/ Palestine: Palestinian Christian girls take part in the Holy Fire procession during Orthodox Easter holiday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Photo 4/ Constantinople: His All-Holiness blesses the beginning of the process of sanctification of the Holy Myron in a special office on 9th April 2012.
During the time of gastronomically austere yet spiritually joyous Great Lent, there is room for holidays as well—sitting quietly, joyfully, and warmly around the table with close friends and family. Different family members may be fasting to varying degrees—healthy adults, children, the elderly, the ailing—but the holiday table should be set with Lenten foods for all. In this case, it is time for tea, with all the attending sweets.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch consecrated on February 3, 2012 the Church people's kitchen at the premises of the Religious charity guardianship of the Archsbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac (31 Francuska str.).
Оn this occasion presbyter Vladimir Markovic, secretary of the RCG addressed with a sermon to Serbian Patriarch, representatives of the City authorities, representatives of the City Secretariate for social protection, embassy of the Russian Federation, representatives of the companies and individuals who helped the work of the kitchen.