Metropolitan Amfilohije received by Archbishop Anastasius of Albania

Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije visited His Beatitude Anastasius, Archbishop of Tirana and all Albania, in the old Archdiocese residence in Tirana on December 2, 2019.

Saint Sebastian Day 2019 in Jackson, California

Saint Sebastian Day 2019 in Jackson, California
Saint Sebastian Day 2019 in Jackson, California
Saint Sebastian Day 2019 in Jackson, California
Saint Sebastian Day 2019 in Jackson, California

The feast day of Saint Sebastian of Jackson was liturgically celebrated at Saint Sava Church in Jackson, northern California, on Saturday, November 30/17, 2019. This parish, the oldest one of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America, built in 1894, is the home of its founder’s relics.

This gathering was presided by Bishop Maxim of Western America and concelebrated by the clergy from Jackson, Sonora, Sacramento and San Francisco, as well as from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral: the Dean of the Seminary in Cetinje, Fr. Gojko Perovic, and the priest of the parish in Podi and Sasovici, Herceg Novi, Fr. Aleksandar Papic.

The Entry of the Most Holy Mother of God into the Temple

According to Holy Tradition, the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple took place in the following manner. The parents of the Virgin Mary, Saints Joachim and Anna, praying for an end to their childlessness, vowed that if a child were born to them, they would dedicate it to the service of God.

When the Most Holy Virgin reached the age of three, the holy parents decided to fulfill their vow. They gathered together their relatives and acquaintances and dressed the All-Pure Virgin in Her finest clothes. Singing sacred songs and with lighted candles in their hands, virgins escorted Her to the Temple (Ps. 44/45:14-15). There the High Priest and several priests met the handmaiden of God. In the Temple, fifteen high steps led to the sanctuary, which only the priests and High Priest could enter. (Because they recited a Psalm on each step, Psalms 119/120-133/134 are called “Psalms of Ascent.”)

Meeting of Serbian Patriarch with the President of the Republic of Serbia

Meeting of Serbian Patriarch with the President of the Republic of Serbia
Meeting of Serbian Patriarch with the President of the Republic of Serbia
Meeting of Serbian Patriarch with the President of the Republic of Serbia
Meeting of Serbian Patriarch with the President of the Republic of Serbia

President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic met with His Holiness, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, on December 2nd, 2019.

In a cordial and open conversation, they discussed topics of importance for the state of Serbia and the Serbian Orthodox Church. President Vucic informed His Holiness about the current political situation and the increasingly serious economic progress of Serbia, which is a result of the implemented fiscal reforms.

Patriarchal Liturgy and ordination in the Cathedral church

Patriarchal Liturgy and ordination in the Cathedral church
Patriarchal Liturgy and ordination in the Cathedral church
Patriarchal Liturgy and ordination in the Cathedral church
Patriarchal Liturgy and ordination in the Cathedral church

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral Church in Belgrade on 1 December 2019.

The patriarch was concelebrated by local clergy. During the Holy Liturgy His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch ordained hypodeacon MIlojko Topalovic to the rank of deacon.