Patron of the Diocese of Timisoara in the light of the jubilee of the Church

Patron of the Diocese of Timisoara in the light of the jubilee of the Church
Patron of the Diocese of Timisoara in the light of the jubilee of the Church
Patron of the Diocese of Timisoara in the light of the jubilee of the Church
Patron of the Diocese of Timisoara in the light of the jubilee of the Church

On the occasion of the feast day of Saint Joseph of Timisoara, the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Timisoara solemnly celebrated the great jubilee – 800th anniversary of the autocephaly of the Serbian Church.  - Hierarchs Nikanor, Lukijan and Isihije celebrated.

The celebration of the feast day of Saint Joseph of Timisoara, the Patron of the Diocese of Timisoara began on the Eve of the feast day, 27th September 2019, in the Cathedral church of the Ascension of the Lord in Timisoara, where the feast day’s Vigil service was celebrated by His Grace Bishop of Budim and Administator of Timisoara Lukijan.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej on the Ukrainian Church situation

In his interview given to the leading Belgrade newspaper “Politika” of the 29th September 2019 His Holiness expressed his opinion on the Ukrainian Church situation:

What is the position of the Serbian Orthodox Church among other local Orthodox Churches? We have seen in the "Ukrainian crisis" that with both Moscow and Constantinople top-level meetings have been held.

The care and responsibility that our Church has for the unity of the Orthodox Church, its conciliarity  (sobornost) and faithfulness to the Sacred Tradition and canons, has obliged us to strive to make it clear to the protagonists that their activities not only harm the Church in Ukraine, but seriously threaten the unity of the Orthodox Church. And I did this, both in writing, repeatedly, or orally in direct conversation with the Patriarch of Constantinople.

Eight centuries of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Serbian Orthodox Church invites you to solemnly celebrate the great jubilee of the 800 anniversary of autocephaly:

  • 6 October 2019 – Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Zica monastery beginning at 9 a.m.
  • 7 October 2019 - visit to the Patriarchate of Pec and Kosovo and Metohija
  • 8 October 2019 – a solemn academy in Sava Center beginning at 8 p.m.
  • 9 October 2019 – opening of the exhibition of The Eight Centuries of Art under the auspices of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade beginning at 6 p.m.

On the occasion of the eight hundred years of autocephaly ouf our local Church the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church prepared a special internet page dedicted to the great jubilee at the address:

A great jubilee of the Serbian Church celebrated in Montenegro

A great jubilee of the Serbian Church celebrated in Montenegro
A great jubilee of the Serbian Church celebrated in Montenegro
A great jubilee of the Serbian Church celebrated in Montenegro
A great jubilee of the Serbian Church celebrated in Montenegro

On the occasion of the jubilee of 800 years of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church and 1500 years of the existence of the monastery of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Podlastva, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy hierarchal Liturgy on September 28, 2019, and consecrated the chapel of the Holy Martyr Prince Lazarus of Serbia and monastery of that ancient Christian shrine.

His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro –Littoral Amfilohije, Bishops Athanasije  of Mileseva, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Teodosije of Raška-Prizren, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Sergije of Bihac-Pwtrovac, Metodije of Diocleia,  retired Bishop Atanasije of Zaholm-Hercegovina as well as many clergymen and monastics concelebrated, in presence of thousands of the faithful.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej: Religion in Montenegro is alive and it is a great encouragement and joy for the whole of Serbia

- Our faith is alive in Montenegro and it is a great encouragement and joy for the whole of Serbia, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej said at the festive academy in  the courtyard of Podlastva Monastery while celebrating the 800 years of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the 1500 years of existence of the monastery.

The Patriarch expressed his great joy and gratitude to the Lord Jesus for having given him power and strength to participate in that great spiritual joy. "This is a joy that is not only the joy of Montenegro and Montenegrins, but of the whole of Serbia. The joy of Serbs from the homeland, but I think also the joy of our Serbs displaced around the world. In a way, both this event and this joy, rare and great, will reach them, said Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro: Welcome, you heir to Saint Sava!

Welcoming address of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro in the Monastery Podlastva: 

Your Holiness,  Welcome to this ancient shrine as it is written here: Welcome, you heir to Saint Sava, welcome to the Grbalj area! This is where St. Sava used to come, and after him, all your predecessors. Serbian Patriarchs used to come and consecrated Metropolitans of Zeta and of Montenegro and stayed here for some time. The last one who spent some time in this shrine was your predecessor, Patriarch Serbian Paul. 

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patrarch, was welcomed at the Podlastva Monastery by thousands of faithful gathered to celebrate jubilees: 800 years of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church and 1500 years of the monastery of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Podlastva.

His Holiness Patriarch was officially welcomed on September 27, 2019 at the Grbalj monastery of Podlastva near Budva, where doxology and evening service were held in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.