The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God at Rakovica monastery

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the monastery of Rakovica on August 28, 2020, on the feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by local clergy. The service was attended prayerfully by His Royal Highnesses Prince Filip Karadjordjevic and Princess Danica, State Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Miroslav Milickovic, and the President of the Municipality of Rakovica Mr. Milos Simic.

Serbian Information and Cultural Center "St. Sava" consecrated in Pljevlja

On the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, August 28, 2020, His Grace Atanasije, Bishop of Mileseva, together with the clergy of the deanary of Pljevlja, consecrated the premises of the Serbian Information and Cultural Center St. Sava in Pljevlja.

The premises of this Center were provided by the Serbian National Council of Montenegro, with a support of the Government of the Republic of Serbia. On that occasion, the Bishop awarded the Serbian Cultural Center “Patriarch Varnava” from Pljevlja with the high decoration of the Diocese of Mileseva, the Order of the White Angel of the second degree, for its love for the Serbian Orthodox Church, especially shown in the defense of Orthodox shrines in Montenegro.

Feast of the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Cathedral in Novi Sad

His Grace Dr. Irinej, Diocesan Bishop of Backa, presided over the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral in Novi Sad, with concelebration of Bishop Isihije of Mohács, archimandrites Procopius (Tajara) and Vasilije (Kostiс), priests and deacons of the Diocese of Backa, on 15/28. August 2020, which is the feast-day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God.

“The Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God is the Feast of Her repose, when She leaves the earthly world and life and passes into eternal life, into the community and arms of Her Son and Lord.” The day of repose of the saints is celebrated as the day of their true birth, because death is not a transition into nothingness, non-existence, non-being, but a transition of the soul from the body into the Kingdom of God. This is especially true for the Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotocos. Being the true, purest, holiest human being, She is the New Eve, the new true Mother of Life. Her death is a transition from death to life - life-giving death. This is emphasized in Church hymns of today's feast. The Most Holy Mother of God did not remain with her body in the grave, but God glorified her in a special way: God miraculously took her body, after a three-day rest in the grave, to Himself in heaven,” Bishop Irinej pointed out.

Metropolitan Porfirije: The Most Holy Mother of God is a perfect pattern of humilty and love

Dr. Vladan Tatalovic, professor at the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the Belgrade University, was ordained deacon in the Lepavina Monastery.

Although the monastery is dedicated to the Entry of the Virgin Mary into the Temple, every year, on the feast-day of the Dormition of the Mother of God, many faithful from various regions traditionally gather. Both Orthodox and Catholics come to pray in front of the miraculous icon of the Mother of God of Lepavina. The Holy Liturgy was celebrated by His Eminence Porfirije, Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana.

Best wishes to Patriarch Irinej on his 90th birthday

For many years, most Holiness!

In addition to the hierarchs, clergy and monks of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej received on the occasion of his 90th birthday, best wishes from His Holiness Bartholomew, Patriarch of Constantinople; His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia; His Beatitude Daniel, Romanian Patriarch; His Beatitude Rastislav, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia and His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada. Pope Francis has also expressed best wishes to the Serbian Patriarch Irinej.