In the days of Great Lent, the Bishop of Timok Ilarion visited attendants of the Serbian Army barracks in Zajecar, where he served the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the chapel of the Holy Despot Stefan Lazarevic on March 29, 2017.
Military chaplains Captain Djordje Dinic and Lieutenant Ivan Ganic concelebrated whereas hypodeacons, senior sergeants of the first class Nebojsa Simic and Igor Nikolic helped. The responses were chanted by Sergeant Predrag Tasic and Uros Pamučar, an official of the Timok Diocese, with the prayerful participation of major Srdjan Radivojevic, commander of the 31st Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Brigade of the Army of Serbia with the soldiers.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mrs. Karl Rabbi Hershey, United Nations Permanent Coordinator in Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 30 March 2017.
The High Representative of the United Nations Ms. Hershey expressed sincere gratitude to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of life of people in Serbia. The Patriarch thanked Her Excellency for the visit, wishing her every true blessing from the Lord and much success in her future work.
His Grace Arsenije, Vicar Bishop of Toplica, officiated the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts at the Patriarchal Chapel of St. Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Belgrade.
In prayerful presence of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irenej, the Bishop of Toplica celebrated with Archpriest-Stavrophor Stojadin Pavlovic, Presbyter Vukasin Milicevic, protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic.
His Grace Joanikije, Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic, in the capacity of an administrator of the Diocese of Mileseva, celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral Church of St. Basil of Ostrog in Prijepolje on 26 March 2017.
Priests and monks of the Diocese of Mileseva and Budimlje-Niksic concelebrated. His Grace Bishop addressed the congregation with an archpastoral sermon.
An assembly of male monasticism from the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral was held in the Cetinje monastery on 29 March 2017.
The assembly began with the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts officiated by Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije. Besides the monks, the Liturgy was attended by students of the Seminary of St. Peter of Cetinje.
Saint Alexis was born at Rome into the family of the pious and poverty-loving Euphemianus and Aglais.
The couple was childless for a long time and constantly prayed the Lord to grant them a child. And the Lord consoled the couple with the birth of their son Alexis. At six years of age the child began to read and successfully studied the mundane sciences, but it was with particular diligence that he read Holy Scripture. When he was a young man, he began to imitate his parents: he fasted strictly, distributed alms and beneath his fine clothing he secretly wore a hair shirt. Early on there burned within him the desire to leave the world and serve God. His parents, however, had arranged for Alexis to marry a beautiful and virtuous bride.