“This is a living Cathedral, wounded, burned and charred, waiting like a phoenix to rise out of its ashes, and it will rise” (Bishop Irinej)
New York City, NY- On Saturday, November 5, 2016, a Fundraising Gala was held in order to raise funds to restore and save Saint Sava Cathedral, which was devastated by fire on Easter Sunday, May 1, 2016. This Gala was also a welcoming event for the newly elected Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, His Grace Irinej (Dobrijevic). The fact that the coordinators had to announce that the event was sold out and that the venue could not accommodate more than 340 guests is indicative of this evening’s great success. Among the guests present were representatives from the church, government, academic, business and sports circles, among many others, who came from Washington, DC, Boston, Cleveland, New York City and surrounding areas. Honored guests that were present during this evening were the newly elected Bishop of the Serbian Diocese of Eastern America, His Grace Bishop Irinej; His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia; His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington and All America and Canada (Primate, Orthodox Church in America); His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America); His Grace Bishop John of Worchester and New England (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America); Mr. Vlade Divac, famed NBA Star and Humanitarian; Dr. Zorka Milich, Chairperson, Restoration and Development Committee; Mrs. Rebecca MacDonald, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Very Rev. Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, Cathedral Dean; Very Rev. Vladislav Radujkovic, Cathedral Parish Priest; Mr. Nenad Milinkovic, President of the Cathedral Executive Board; and Canon Dr. J. Robert Wright, Episcopalian Diocese of New York.
His Beatitude Chrysostomos, Archbishop of the New Justiniana and All Cyprus, welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriatrch Irinej in front of the Sacred Archdiocese of Cyprus on the 10th of November 2016. (Photogallery).
A solemn doxology rite, in presence of Hierarchs, clergy and numerous faithful who came to greet the Serbian Patriarch, was celebrated in the church of St. John the Theologian. The Primates of the two sister Churches had conversations in the Synodic of the Archdiocese of Cyprus.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej pays an irenic visit to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus from November 9 -16, 2016.
At the invitation of His Beatitude Chrysostom, Archbishop of Cyprus, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej arrived in Larnaka in the evening on 9th November 2016. His Holiness and the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church were welcomed at the airport by Archbishop of Cyprus and the members of the Holy Synod of the Church of Cyprus.
On the occasion of the church Patron Saint-day, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Demetrius the Myrrh-gusher in New Belgrade on 8 November 2016.
The festal gathering commenced with a solemn welcome of His Holiness Patriarch at entrance to the churchyard of the New Belgrade’s church. The Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by the principal of the Saint Demetrius church protopresbyter-stavrophor Rajko Nedic, clergy and pious people, representatives of the Jugoimport SDPR company.
On Sunday, 30 October 2016, on the feast-day of Holy Prophet Hosea and Saint Andrew of Crete, with the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Andrey of Rososhan and Ostrogosh celebrated the Holy Liturgy in the crypt of Saint Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Antony of Moravica, dean of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate to Moscow, and His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch and the principal of the Saint Sava Cathedral.
Bishop Antony of Moravica, dean of the Representation of the Serbian Patriarchate to the Patriarchate of Moscow, accompanied the high guest from Russia while visiting Serbia. On behalf of the Serbian Patriarch, Bishop Arsenije delivered a welcome address. The church choir Mokranjac under the guidance of Miss Milica Tisma sang responses.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Triphon at Mali Mokri Lug at the outskirts of Belgrade on 30 October 2016.
His Holiness Patriarch Irinej blessed church frescoes rendered by Deacon Slavoljub Radojkovic and a newly installed marble iconostasis, an achievement of Deacon Miladin Djuric. The Patriarch awarded with the Patriarchal Grammata the principal of the church, Archpriest-Stavrophor Ilija Djuric, parish church choir Holy Prophet David and some laymen.