Patriarch Irenaeus in Thessaloniki

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus arrived to Thessaoloniki on 17 October 2014, in a three-day visit to the Metropolitanate of Neapolis and Stavropolis. The Metropolitanate organized a visit of the Serbian Patriarch on the occasion of the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, since more than 7500 Serbian victims of the Great War rest on its territory within the one section of the Allied military cemetery.

Patriarch Irenaeus is accompanied by Their Graces Bishops Chrysostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and Justin of Zica, protopresbyter Gajo Gajic and deacon Igor Davidovic. Host, Metropolitan Barnabas of Neapolis, welcomed the first hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church at the airport and accompanied him to the Cathedral church of Saint John at Neapolis.

The Patronal Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God celebrated Brunswick East

The Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God, held on the 14 October, is a well beloved day in the Russian Orthodox Church. In Australia, this is emphasised by the fact that we have two parishes dedicated to protection of the Virgin Mary; the Protection Cathedral in Melbourne and the Protection Church in Cabramatta, NSW.

The saintly Grand Duke Andrei Bogolubsky (1155-1174) originally introduced the Feast into Russia in 1160, after become acquainted with the Don Cossacks and seeing their devotion to the miraculous vision of the Mother of God over Constantinople in 911 AD, decided to dedicate his realm to the protection of the Heavenly Mother. In 1164, Grand Duke Andrei instructed the Russian Church to include the Feast of the Protection into the church calendar and this started a period of church construction dedicated to the Protection - "Pokrov"; the most famous church of that period is the unsurpassed "Pokrov on the Nerli" built in 1165 near the Grand Duke's residence at Bogolubovo. 

Victorius Step

His Holiness Irineaus, Serbian Patriarch, met today with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

President of the Russian Federation visited today Belgrade, where he met with President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic and Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic. Serbian Patriarch Irenaeus and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met today at the Palace Serbia in Belgrade, in front of which the military parade had been held on the occasion of the centennial since the beginning of the World War One and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, in the Second World War.

Catholicos of All Armenians received the President of the Republic of Serbia

  On October 12, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received the President of the Republic of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic who was in Armenia for an official state visit. The President was accompanied by the Republic of Armenia Foreign Affairs Minister Edward Nalbandian.

Welcoming the visit of the President of Serbia to the Republic of Armenia and the spiritual center of All Armenians; His Holiness expressed his satisfaction on the joint steps being undertaken towards expansion and development of inter-state relations. His Holiness stressed that the President’s visit strengthens the foundations of cooperation and friendship between the two peoples, and the two states.

ISIS graffiti on the monastery of Dechani

ISIS graffiti on the monastery of Dechani
ISIS graffiti on the monastery of Dechani
ISIS graffiti on the monastery of Dechani
ISIS graffiti on the monastery of Dechani

On the property of the monastery of Dechani several graffiti of UCK, AKS, ISIS, " The Caliphate is coming" as well as two inscriptions which look like Arabian script showed up. 

The nearest graffiti are on the garden shed, about 300 meters east of the Dechani church.  After noticing the graffiti, monks informed the Kosovo police and KFOR, who began to investigate right away. While abbot of the monastery of Dechani was talking with the local KFOR commander Colonel Minelli and the chief of the Kosovo police in Dechani during the inspection, a group of young Albanians from the local road (100 m away) began chanting UCK. The police detained three young men because of their provocative behaviour.  It is assumed that unknown individuals wrote graffiti in the course of the last night by entering the property of the monastery at the place where it is not fenced. 

On the occasion of the Centennial of the death of Stevan St. Mokranjac

After months of planning, the choral workshop, symposium and concert of choral works commemorating the 100th anniversary of the death of Serbian composer Stevan Mokranjac is now a fond memory.  The Serbian Singing Society Branko Radichevich and Serbian Singing Federation's  months of planning and revision finally took form starting on a chilly Friday evening, the 3rd of October, when participants in the choral workshop arrived at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in  on Chicago's northwest side. 

Out-of-town presenters representing two continents, Dr. Danica Petrovic, musicologist and Mokranjac  expert from Serbia  and His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand also arrived Friday evening.  Dr. Petrovic made the first of her three presentations during the weekend, discussing the history of Serbian liturgical music prior to Mokranjac.  Friday's gathering also served as a "meet and greet" for all present.