Diocese of Krusevac is established

On the day when our Church celebrates Saints Cyrus and John the Wonderworking Unmercenaries on February 13, 2011 a new diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church was formed in a former capital city of St. Tsar Lazar, Krushevac. The decision about establishing was made on the autumn session of the SOC. His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumadija, was welcomed brotherly and with honor at the Cathedral church of St. George the Great Martyr, where a doxology was served and a founding council was held later. His Grace Bishop Jovan will be an administrator of the Diocese of Krusevac until spring session of the Assembly of the SOC, on which bishops will choose Bishop of this diocese. 

Source: Diocese of Krusevac

Celebration of St. Athanasius the Great, nameday of His Grace Bishop Atanasije, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch Irinej

Feast Day of St. Athanasius the Great was celebrated in a very solemn manner in the Church of the Ascension of the God in Belgrade. The Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno with the concelebration of priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac. 

His Eminence Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania passed away

His Eminence Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania passed away. A press release of the Press Office of the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj informs:

'It is with much regret and sorrow in our souls, as well as with the hope in the mercy and comfort coming from God, that the Eparchial Council of the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj announces that on 31 January 2011, 19.25 hours, our father, Archbishop and Metropolitan Bartolomeu Anania began his journey to the Kingdom of Heaven. The decease occurred at the Intensive Therapy Section of the Surgery Clinic I of Cluj-Napoca. Surrounded by physicians, friends, disciples and close collaborators, the body of His Eminence Bartolomeu could no longer fight against the many affections that marked the last period of his life. The body of the one who was Archbishop of Vad, Feleac and Cluj and Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures for 18 years will be laid in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Cluj-Napoca, where all those who wish can bring him one last homage.

Patriarch Irinej serves in the Russian church of St. Trinity in Belgrade


On Sunday, January 30, 2010, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Divine Liturgy in a church of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on the occasion of the feast day of Venerable Anthony the Great, with the concelebration of Belgrade priesthood, hieromonks from Hilandar and the head of the Representation protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasjhev. The Divine Liturgy was attended by His Excellency Alexander V. Konuzin, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade.