With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana served yesterday, on the feast day of Sts. Cosmas and Damian the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of Holy Unmercenaries at the Clinical Centre of Serbia
The Bishop cut the slava cake along with the general director of the Clinical Centre, staff, patients, guests and the faithful. By congratulating the slava, Bishop Jovan conveyed the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch. In his sermon he reminded the present of the life of Holy Unmercenaries who were healing the sick with the God's help without expecting any reward.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on 12 November 2013 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade Mr. Michael Davenport, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia, with associates. His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana attended the meeting, as well.
President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic received His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, at the Office of the President of Serbia yesterday.
The discussion was about resolving the open property and legal issues between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the state, as well as the problem of building of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate. In the talks there were involved: Vice President of the Government of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, Minister of Culture and Information Mr. Ivan Tasovac, Minister of Justice and State Administration Mr. Nikola Selakovic, the head of the Library of the Serbian Patriarchate MSc Zoran Nedeljkovic and Director of the Directorate for the Property of the Republic of Serbia.
The Holy Wonderworkers and Unmercenary Physicians Cosmas and Damian were born somewhere in Asia Minor by their pagan father and Christian mother. When their father died, while they were still quite small children, their mother St. Theodata raised them in Christian piety. Trained and skilled as physicians, they received from the Holy Spirit the gift of healing people's illnesses of body and soul by the power of prayer. With fervent love for both God and neighbor, they never took payment for their services, so that is why they were called the Unmercenary Physicians. They strictly observed the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Freely have you received, freely give." (Mt. 10:8).
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch awarded His Excellency Viktor Nedopas, Ambassador of Ukraine to Serbia, the Order of Holy Emperor Constantine at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today on 13 November 2013 .
The high dinstinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been presented to Ambassador Nedopas on the occasion of the marking the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, and as a sign of gratitude for his personal contribution to strenghtening relations between the Serbian Orthodox Church and Ukraine.