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.

Saint 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. Saint 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.

President Putin visited Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade

President Putin visited Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade
President Putin visited Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade
President Putin visited Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade
President Putin visited Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade

During his official visit to Belgrade on January 17, President Putin visited St. Sava Cathedral with Serbian President Vučić.

He was welcomed at the cathedral by Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Bshop-vicar Stefan of Remezja, in the presence of the members of the Holy Synod. 

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.

Feast-Day of Saint Basil the Great in Szeged

Feast-Day of Saint Basil the Great in Szeged
Feast-Day of Saint Basil the Great in Szeged
Feast-Day of Saint Basil the Great in Szeged
Feast-Day of Saint Basil the Great in Szeged

Orthodox faithful in Szeged, Hungary, thanked the Lord for His philanthropy

On 14 January 2019, when our holy Church prayerfully remembers Saint Basil the Great, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Szeged was served by Bishop Lukijan of Buda and Administrator of Temisoara, and Bishop Silouan of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese for Hungary with the concelebration of Serbian, Romanian and Russian clergy.

At the end of the holy Liturgy Their Graces Hierarchs celebrated thanksgiving service for the last year and the service of supplications for the forthcoming New Year marked according to the Julian calendar.

The Serbian church in Szeged is dedicated to the feast-day of the Translation of the Relics of Saint Nicholas, and it was built from 1773 until 1778.  Sharing brotherly love, the Serbian Diocese of Buda  granted to the local Romanian Church community usage of the Szeged church, where according to an agreement with a local parish priest services were held also in Romanian until 2017, when a new Romanian chapel was consecrated in Szeged. The Romanian Consul in Szeged Tudor Adrian also attended the Holy Liturgy in Szeged.

Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Ukraine

Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Ukraine
Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Ukraine
Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Ukraine
Serbian Patriarch receives Ambassador of Ukraine

His Excellency Serbian Patriarch received His Excellency Oleksandr Aleksandrovich, Ambassador of Ukraine to the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate on 15 January 2019. 

Serbian Patriarch receives Serbian Ambassador to South African Republic

Serbian Patriarch receives Serbian Ambassador to South African Republic
Serbian Patriarch receives Serbian Ambassador to South African Republic
Serbian Patriarch receives Serbian Ambassador to South African Republic
Serbian Patriarch receives Serbian Ambassador to South African Republic

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received His Excellency Goran Vujicic, Ambassador of Serbia to South African Republic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. 

New Year's Concert of Cathedral Church

New Year's Concert of Cathedral Church
New Year's Concert of Cathedral Church
New Year's Concert of Cathedral Church
New Year's Concert of Cathedral Church

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended the traditional New Year's concert of the Cathedral church in the National Theatre in Belgrade. (phоto gallery).