Holy liturgies are served on the occasion of the Holy Prophet Elijah in all temples of the Orthodox diocese of Vranje. The holiday is especially marked at the monastery of St Prohor Pcinjski because traditionally on this day at the monastery there is lots of people. His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the envoy of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Pahomije of Vranje,served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the presence of a great number of the faithful.
The Serbian Orthodox Church, as the host and the owner of one great orthodox sanctuary, a monastery of St. Prohor Pcinjski, decided, on behalf of regional Diocese of Vranje as well as on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops and on the suggestion of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the member of the Holy Synod and the official representative of the Diocese of Vranje regarding the issue of the celebration of the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah (Ilindan) at the monastery of St. Prohor Pcinjski - to honestly, warmly, brotherly, without any hidden thoughts, provide hospitality and more than that, brotherly reception for the high delegation of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia on the 65th anniversary of ASNOM on the the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah of this year.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno received todat at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade His Eminence Bishop of the Anglican Church for Europe the Rt Revd David Hamid.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, and on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral welcomed the guest from England. Bishop David thanked and conveyed the greetings from Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.
"Called to One Hope in Christ", the 13th Assembly of the Conference of European Churches, meets in the context of a Europe which is becoming increasingly diverse religiously, ethnically and linguistically. There are many positive consequences of this but there are also real concerns that human relationships are under strain and human freedoms are being restricted. These include growing misunderstandings between religious communities, religious discrimination and violation of religious freedom.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral received on July 24, 2009, at the Patriarchate Court His Excellency Armando Varricchio, a newly appointed ambassador of the Republic of Italy in Belgrade.