Maritime cross procession held in defense of Church in Montenegro

While the Orthodox faithful in Montenegro held cross processions twice a week for several months at the beginning of the year in defense of the rights of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro, they have been limited for several months now due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Nevertheless, the faithful take every opportunity to express their support for their Church and its sacred sites and treasures, against the background of the law passed in December that essentially grants the state the right to confiscate Serbian Orthodox Church properties.

Monastery church dedication feast in Gornje Zabsko

One of the most famous monasteries dedicated to the Translation of the relics of the Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stefan, the 15th of August, is the monastery of the Diocese of Vranje in the village of Gornje Zabsko. The feat was celebrated solemnly.

 His Garce Pahomije, Bishop of Vranje, served a festive vigil service, with concelebration of the abbot of the monastery of the Venerable Prohor of Pcinja, Archimandrite Metodije (Markovic), MA, and the archpriest-staurophore Novica Nikolic, on August 14, 2020. The nuns of the St. Stephen's convent sang responses at the vigil.

Monastery church dedication feast of St. Stephen in Slanci

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej officiated on the occasion of the monastery church dedication day, the feast of the Translation of the relics of the Holy Archdeacon Stefan, the Holy Liturgy in the monastery dedicated to that First martyr in Slanci near Belgrade, on August 15, 2020.

During the Liturgy His Holiness the Patriarch ordained monk Irinej (Pruginic) as hieromonk, whereas monk Andrej (Jovanovic) was ordained as hierodeacon. After the Liturgy during which commemoration prayers were offered for repose of the soul of the late abbot Archimandrite Andrej, the Patriarch blessed the feast wheat loaf with the host, guardian of this holy monastery at Slanci,  hieromonk Stefan.

35th anniversary of Episcopal ministry of Bishop Nikanor of Banat

Bishop Nikanor (baptismal name Veljko Bogunovic) was born at Medvedja, Dalmatia, on August 20, 1952.

He finished the Theological school of the Holy Three Hierarchs in the Krka Monastery in 1975 and was tonsured on August 27, 1975. He was ordained as hierodeacon on the feast-day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God on August 28, 1975.  He graduated at the Moscow Theological Academy in Zagorsk (Sergiev Posad), Russia, in 1979. Having been ordained a hieromonk on January 1, 1978, he undertook his postgraduate theological studies in Germany (1981).

A small token of gratitude to heroic doctors

His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis visited the Clinical Center in Nis on 13th August 2020.

On that occasion, His Grace had a conversation with PhD doctors: Vladan Cosic, Deputy General Director; Goran Stanojevic, Assistant Director for Professional Medical Matters and Surgery, and Nikola Milenkovic, specilized epidemiologist.