Liturgy of the Annunciation and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Justin Popovich at Ćelije Monastery

Liturgy of the Annunciation and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Justin Popovich at Ćelije Monastery
Liturgy of the Annunciation and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Justin Popovich at Ćelije Monastery
Liturgy of the Annunciation and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Justin Popovich at Ćelije Monastery
Liturgy of the Annunciation and commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Justin Popovich at Ćelije Monastery

On the Annunciation, the Serbian Orthodox Church commemorated the 40th anniversary of the death of St. Justin Popovich

The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy celebrated on April 7, 2019 at Ćelije Monastery, where St. Justin served for more than three decades, gathered a large number of faithful from different regions. 

40th Anniversary since the Blessed Repose in the Lord of St. Justin (1979 - 2019)

In Christianity truth is not a philosophical concept nor is it a theory, a teaching, or a system, but rather, it is the living theanthropic hypostasis—the historical Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Before Christ men could only conjecture about the Truth since they did not possess it. With Christ as the incarnate divine Logos the eternally complete divine Truth enters into the world. For this reason the Gospel says: “Truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).

The Annunciation of our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Annunciation is one of the earliest Christian feasts, and was already being celebrated in the fourth century.

There is a painting of the Annunciation in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome dating from the second century. The Council of Toledo in 656 mentions the Feast, and the Council in Trullo in 692 says that the Annunciation was celebrated during Great Lent. The Greek and Slavonic names for the Feast may be translated as “good tidings.” This, of course, refers to the Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation He brings. The background of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of Saint Luke (1:26-38). The troparion describes this as the “beginning of our salvation, and the revelation of the eternal mystery,” for on this day the Son of God became the Son of Man.

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Parma

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America has deigned to celebrate the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy on the radiant Feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos, on Sunday, April 7th, 2019, beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Cathedral Church of Saint Sava Cathedral in Parma, Ohio.

This will be the first time that the members of the Chaplaincy Service of the Army of Serbia and the members of the Ohio National Guard will be present together, with the Orthodox chaplains concelebrating at the Hierarchical Liturgy.

Order of Saint Sava to Greek Ambassador Elias Eliadis

Order of Saint Sava to Greek Ambassador Elias Eliadis
Order of Saint Sava to Greek Ambassador Elias Eliadis
Order of Saint Sava to Greek Ambassador Elias Eliadis
Order of Saint Sava to Greek Ambassador Elias Eliadis

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, awarded His Excellency Mr. Elias Eliadis, Ambassador of the Republic of Greece to Belgrade, with the Order of Saint Sava.

The ceremony at the Serbian Patriarchate on 1 April 2019 was attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops: Their Graces Bishops Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija and Milutin of Valjevo as well as by His Graces Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch.

President of the Parliament of Georgia visits Serbian Patriarch

President of the Parliament of Georgia visits Serbian Patriarch
President of the Parliament of Georgia visits Serbian Patriarch
President of the Parliament of Georgia visits Serbian Patriarch
President of the Parliament of Georgia visits Serbian Patriarch

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received His Excellency Mr. Irakli Kobakhidze, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 29 March 2019.

The audience was attended by His Excellency Ioseb Nanobashvili, Ambassador of Georgia to Athens and Belgrade, members of the Parliament of Georgia Mr. Goga Gulordava, Zakaria Kurtsnashvili, Mr. Giorgi Totladze, Mr. David Bakradze, Mrs. Tamara Kolbaia, Chief of the Office for international relations; Mrs. Anna Makhashvili, Chief of the Office for Relations with media and information; Mr. Levan Makhashvili, Advisor to the Chairman of the Parliament; and deacon Dr. Aleksandar Prascevic, head of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch.

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Acron

Sunday of Orthodoxy in Acron
Sunday of Orthodoxy in Acron
Sunday of Orthodoxy in Acron
Sunday of Orthodoxy in Acron

On March 17 th , 2019 the Sunday of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, responding to the invitation of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, His Eminence, Archbishop Alexander of Dallas and Southern States (OCA) visited the Holy Archangel Michael Church in Akron, Ohio, and celebrated the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil the Great and led in the parish Rite of Orthodoxy.

Concelebrating with His Eminence was His Grace Irinej, Bishop of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Fr Milan Pajic, parish priest, Hieromonk Maxim (Ilic), Spiritual Father of New Marcha Monastery and Protodeacon Milos Zdralic. A multitude of parishioners and faithful from Akron came to pray at the Divine Service, many of whom, upon the conclusion of the first week of Great Lent, communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries. After the reading of the Holy Gospel, His Grace Bishop Irinej announced the special guest of the Serbian Church – Archbishop Alexander, and asked him to teach all in attendance from the rich font of his garnered wisdom.