Special Inter-Orthodox Commission starts its second session

The Special Inter-Orthodox Commission for preparation of a Pan-Orthodox Council started its second session at the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Orthodox Center in Chambesy near Geneva on 16 February 2015.

The Serbian Orthodox Church  is represented by His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa. Archpriest Gajo Gajic is also the part of the delegation.The commission established by the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches at their meeting on March 6-9, 2014, in Istanbul, will continue the work to edit draft documents of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. The commission started this work at its first session which took place on September 30 – October 3, 2014.

President of the Government of Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic attended the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Zagreb

The feast day of the Meeting of the Lord 2015 was solemnly celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church at Preradovic Square in Zagreb.

Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Eucharistic gathering with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Fotije of Dalmatia, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac and Jovan of Slavonia. This year’s celebration of the Meeting of the Lord and the national Statehood Day of Serbia was marked by the visit of the Prime Minister of Republic of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Vucic.

The Feast day of Saint Triphon in Karlovac

The Feast day of Saint Triphon in Karlovac
The Feast day of Saint Triphon in Karlovac
The Feast day of Saint Triphon in Karlovac
The Feast day of Saint Triphon in Karlovac

On the feast day of Great Martyr Trifun, on 14 February 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Fotije of Dalmatia, Sergije of Middle Europe and Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac at the Cathedral church in Karlovac.

The clergy of the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana also concelebrated. Father Milos Vesin and Metropolitan Porfirije held sermons on this Saint.

The Meeting of the Lord

According to the Law of Moses, all Hebrew parents must bring their first born son on the fortieth day after birth to the Temple to be consecrated to God. It was the custom to bring a sacrifice in thanksgiving to God. The law was established in remembrance of the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt — freedom from slavery — when the first-born Hebrews were spared from death.

In fulfilment of this law, the Mother of God with Joseph brought the infant Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem and brought for the sacrifice two fledgling doves.

At this time in Jerusalem, there lived an old man by the name of Simeon. He was a righteous, pious man, and he awaited the coming of the Messiah. It was foretold to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not have died before he had seen Christ the Lord. Simeon waited for the fulfilment of the promise of God for a long time. According to tradition, he lived about 300 years. Then, one day, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he went to the Temple. When Mary with Joseph brought the infant Jesus, Simeon met the Child, took Him in his arms, and glorifying God said, "Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, O Master, according to Thy word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples, a light of revelation for the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel."

Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid officiates feast day's Liturgy at Novodevichy Monastery in St. Petersburg

His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on the feast day of Holy Three Hierarchs at the Novodevichy Monastery in St. Petersburg.

The same day in the evening at the Novodevichy monastery, Archbishop Jovan was visited by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, who had received the title Doctor Honoris Causa of the Spiritual Academy in St. Petersburg the previous day.

The Three Hierarchs: Saint Basil the Great, Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom

Each of these saints have their own feast day. St. Basil the Great, January 1; St. Gregory the Theologian, January 25; and St. John Chrysostom, January 27. This combined feast day, January 30, was instituted in the eleventh century during the reign of Emperor Alexius Comnenus.

At one time a debate arose among the people concerning who of the three is the greatest? Some extolled Basil because of his purity and courage; others extolled Gregory for his unequaled depth and lofty mind in theology; still others extolled Chrysostom because of his eloquence and clarity in expounding the Faith. Thus some were called Basilians, others Gregorgians, and the third were called Johannites.