On Sunday, 24th after Pentecost, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana.
The Metropolitan was concelebrated by Archimandrite Danilo, hieromonk Vitaly from the Russian Orthodox Church, protopresbyter-stavrophor Peran Boskovic, hieromonk Nikon, presbyter Aleksandar Obradovic, presbyter Dejan Mandic and deacons Dragan Radic and Zoran Radic. Many believers of the parish of Ljubljana fulfilled this beautiful church. Along with the choir of this church, students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade brightened up with their liturgical chanting this liturgical gathering. Along with their professors Dr. Nenad Milosevic and Dr. Dragan Karan, these students are paying a visit to the Metropolitanate of Zagreb-Ljubljana. The guests are accompanied by monk Nikodim from the monastery of Saint Paul from Mount Athos.
The Thronal Feast of the monastery of Kovilj - Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the Other Bodiless Powers was celebrated with the solemn liturgical gathering on Friday, 21 November 2014.
His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa, hieromonk Isihije, Archimandrite Danilo (Ljubotina), brotherhood of the monastery of Kovilj and deacons of Novi Sad. The monks of the Kovilj Monastery sang responses along with students of the church singing school, led by archdeacon Jerotej.
The monks of Dechani, led by Right Reverend Abbot Sava, served the Vigil service of the feast in the presence of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Their Graces Bishops Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Ilarion of Timok.
The service was attended by believers from Kosovo and Metohia, and more than 200 pilgrims from other parts of Serbia, but also from Albania and Montenegro. This morning the Liturgy has begun at 9 a.m.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Belgrade’s Cathedral church on Sunday, 23 November 2014, on the feast of Holy Archangel Michael.
During the liturgical gathering on the occasion of the slava of the church, Patriarch Irinej ordained Branislav Jocic a deacon. After the cutting the slava bread, Patriarch congratulated the Patron Saint-day (slava) to the rector of the Cathedral church protopresbyter-stavrophor Petar Lukic and the clergy of the church, Mr. Dejan Tomasevic, the famous basketball player and the president of the Orthodox Sport Society „Holy Serbia“, and lawyer Toma Fila.
The angels of God were celebrated by men from earliest times but this celebration was often turned into the divinization of angels (IV Kings 23:5 [II Kgs KJV]). The heretics wove all sorts of fables concerning the angels. Some of them looked upon angels as gods; others, although they did not consider them gods, called them the creators of the whole visible world. The local Council of Laodicea (four or five years before the First Ecumenical Council) rejected the worship of angels as gods and established the proper veneration of angels in its Thirty-fifth Canon.
In the fourth century, during the time of Sylvester, Pope of Rome, and Alexander, Patriarch of Alexandria, the present Feast of Archangel Michael and all the other heavenly powers was instituted for celebration in the month of November. Why precisely in November? Because November is the ninth month after March, and March is considered to be the month in which the world was created. Also, as the ninth month after March, November was chosen for the nine orders of angels who were created first. St. Dionysius the Areopagite, a disciple of the Apostle Paul (who was taken up into the third heaven), described these nine orders of angels in his book, On the Celestial Hierarchies, as follows: six-winged Seraphim, many-eyed Cherubim, God-bearing Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. The leader of all the angelic hosts is the Archangel Michael.
The Bishop was concelebrated by protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Dragomir Sando, chairman of the Committee for religious education of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac; five military chaplains, serving in military units in the territory of Belgrade, and two deacons. More than hundred army members, led by Chief of the Staff General LjubisaDikovic, participated in the Liturgy. Bishop Arsenije served the panichida for all the warriors fallen in the First World War, especially for the famous Field Marshal ZivojinMisic and the fighters of the Battle of Kolubara.