Patriarch Porfirije at the Podgorica airport: I pray to God for this country, for this people and for all people, and I ask them to pray for me, because they are closer to God

I am leaving  this blessed country and people, I hope not for long,with mixed feelings. I am very happy because we have done the work of the Church, enthroned the Metropolitan according to the will of the Church and the people of this diocese, the people who deeply love the Church of Saint Sava.

But I am also more than sad, even horrified by the fact that there were some people in sight who intended to prevent this act of love for everyone with a sniper rifle. I thank everyone, I feel sorry for everyone who was injured in any way and I ask them for forgiveness. I pray to the Lord for this country, for this people and for all people, and I ask them to pray for me, because they are closer to God.

Patriarch Porfirije: Metropolitan Joanikije has the support of our entire Church, all our Orthodox people wherever they live and all the brethren hierarchs without a shred of reserve

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije: -Brothers and sisters, may this beautiful city be blessed, this God-gathered, beautiful country that has everything from God! He has the Divine thought inscribed in him, which only if we recognize, we will recognize also the God present here. Blessed be this land and all its inhabitants! Here, dear Bishop, Metropolitan, I entrust to you this flock, sure that you will take it in your arms and offer it to God with dignity. May you all be blessed and live for many years!

- I congratulate you on the new Metropolitan whom we enthroned this morning in the Cetinje Monastery, by the providence of God, the Holy Spirit, the prayers of the Holy Assembly Fathers and the prayers of all of you. Today, the entire Orthodox Church rejoices, both heavenly and earthly, but above all, St. Peter of Cetinje rejoices today, St. Basil of Ostrog and so many saints on the throne of the Metropolitans of Cetinje and Montenegro-Littoral rejoice, all the way to your unforgettable spiritual father, and our teacher and father of all gathered here, Metropolitan Amfilohije of blessed repose. They rejoice because of a worthy heir, and an honorable and worthy one, brothers and sisters, your intercessor before the Lord, are the words with which His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, addressed the people in the Cathedral of  Resurrection of Chrust in Podgorica upon his arrival from Cetinje, where he solemnly introduced to the throne the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Eminence Joanikije, whom the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected as successor of Metropolitan Amfilohije of blessed repose, on September 5, 2021.

Biography of Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral

His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije (Micovic) of Montenegro and the Littoral was born on 20 April 1959 in Velimlje (Banjani). He finished Grammar school in Niksic. He graduated at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade in 1990 and was senior undergraduate at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade in the speciality of philosophy.

He was tonsured on October 30, 1990 in the monastery of Celija Piperska. He was ordained to the rank of hierodeacon on February 7, 1991, and to the rank of hieromonk on February 17, 1991, when he was appointed acting head of the Savina monastery. He was appointed head of the Cetinje Monastery, teacher and head educator in the newly renovated Cetinje seminary on September 1, 1992. In September 1995, he was promoted to the rank of protosynchellos and appointed acting rector of the Cetinje seminary.

Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral enthroned

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy with the concelebration of His Grace Joanikije, Bishop of Budva-Niksic and the elected Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, and His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac, a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in the Cetinje Monastery on September 5, 2021.

On that occasion, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, implemented the decision of the Holy Assembly  of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and introduced the newly elected Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral to the the ancient, sacred throne of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral.

With the blessing of His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the election of Bishop Joanikije as Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral was read by His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac. David, a member of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

AXIOS!

The Patriarch serves the Holy Liturgy with the invocation of the Holy Spirit for the blessed beginning of the new school year

Dear elementary school pupils, dear high school students, dear students, parents and teachers,

On Saturday, September 4, starting at 9 am in the Memorial Cathedral church of St. Sava in the Vracar district, we will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and the invocation of the Holy Spirit for a successful and God-blessed beginning of the new school year 2021/22. I invite all of you to come to prayer and blessing: elementary, high school, students, teachers, parents...

Everyone is welcome - both those who attend religious classes and those who do not attend religious classes but learn civic education, because no matter how capable and skilled we are, how much knowledge we have, everyone needs help, and God helps those who ask Him for it. . We need his help, above all to stay healthy and happy, to socialize and rejoice every day; but also to overcome all difficulties. I convinced myself, especially as a pupil, that God helped me many times when I had no solutions, when I turned to Him in prayer.

So, everyone needs God, and that is why on Saturday, September 4, in the church of Saint Sava in Vracar, at 9 am, we will all turn to Him, our Lord Christ Jesus, to send us the grace of the Holy Spirit to strengthen our spiritual forces as you would successfully complete a class or pass the exams that are ahead of you, and also that your parents, teachers and professors would be proud of you and that you would always be friends with your schoolmates in the lives ahead of you.

Your friend in Christ;
Serbian Patriarch Porfirije