During his “Vidovdan 2015” voyage to the Diocese of Western Europe His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America had a very fruitful visit.
On Saturday, June 27, accompanied by Fr. Zeljko and Novak Bilic, the Bishop visited the monastic community of the Nativity of the All-Holy Mother of God in Bois-Salair (West France). The abbess of the monastery Héléna with six sisters offered a warm reception. Bishop Luka of the Serbian Diocese also gave a cordial welcome to bishop Maxim in Paris.
On occasion of the Serbian Saint Lazarus Day, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Divine Liturgy in Gracanica Monastery in Kosovo and Metochia, with the concelebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Jovan of Slavonia, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the priesthood and monks from some Dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Following the Liturgy, in which about thousand believers participated, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch said that today all Serbs were spiritually on Kosovo.
His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren with the priesthood, monks and the faithful,welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej at Gracanica monastery, Kosovo and Metochia, on the eve of the greatest Serbian Church national holiday, St. Lazarus of Kosovo Day.
Next to Patriarch Irinej, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and Jovan of Slavonia also were present.
Lazar was one of the Serbian noblemen who ruled the Serbian Empire after the death of Tsar Dushan. After the death of Tsar Urosh, Patriarch Ephrem crowned Lazar as the Serbian king. Lazar sent a delegation to Constantinople with the monk Isaiah to implore the patriarch to remove the anathema from the Serbian people. He fought against the Turkish powers on several occasions. Finally, he fought on the Field of Blackbirds (Kosovo Polje) on June 15, 1389 A.D. against the Turkish Emperor Murad I where he was beheaded. His body was translated and interred in Ravanica, his memorial church near Cuprija and later was translated to Ravanica in Srem and from there, during the Second World War (1942) was translated to Belgrade and placed in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Archangel Michael where it rests today incorrupt and extends comfort and healing to all those who turn to him with prayer.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch visited the Serbian community and St. George Church-school congregation in Waterloo on Monday, June 22, 2015.
Accompanying the Serbian Patriarch was Bishop of Eastern America, His Grace Mitrophan, as well as V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, Episcopal Deputy and Protodeacon Damjan Bozic.