Saint Danilo, Archbishop of Serbia

Danilo was the son of wealthy and God-loving parents. In his youth he was given a good upbringing. King Milutin took him to his court, but out of great love for God he fled and was tonsured a monk in the Monastery of Konèulsk near the Ibar. Later, he was the abbot of the Monastery of Hilandar [Mount Athos] and suffered much from the plundering Latin Crusaders. He was the Bishop of Banja, then of Hum, and finally the Archbishop of Serbia. From beginning to end, he was a strict ascetic and had the special gift of tears. He made peace between Kings Dragutin and Milutin, and later between Milutin and Stefan of Deèani. He fought fervently against the Latins as well as the Bogomils. Under his supervision, the Monasteries of Banja and Deèani were built, and he restored and built many other churches. He wrote the genealogy of the Serbian kings and saints. Untiring in his service to God to the end of his life, he entered peacefully into rest on the night between the nineteenth and twentieth of December, 1338, during the reign of Tsar Du an. Danilo was a great hierarch, a great ascetic, a great laborer and a great patriot.

Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic

Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic
Serbian Patriarch receives President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade.

Belgrade,  28 December 2015. - The high guest and His Holiness discussed the problems facing the Serbian Orthodox Church and the suffering of the Serbian people on Kosovo and Metohija, with a special emphasis on a perspective that could be expected after opening Chapter 35 by the European Union.

30th anniversary of episcopal and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry of Vladika Amfilohije celebrated liturgically at the Cathedral church in Podgorica

On the feast of Holy Hiero-Martyr Gabriel, on 26 December, the solemn conciliar Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served regarding the 30th anniversary of episcopal and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry of Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, in the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica.

His Beatitude Jovan, Arcbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, officiated the Liturgy while celebrant, Metropolitan Amfilohije concelebrated along with envoy of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia His Eminence Metropolitan Vikentiy of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, permanent member of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church; His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops : Jovan of Sumadija, Justin of Zica,  Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Jovan of Nis, Jovan of Pakrac-Slavonia, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Ilarion of Timok, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina as well as abbot of the Chilandar monastery Archimandrite Metodije and a number of priests and monks.

Source: Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral

Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije

Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije
Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije
Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije
Jubilee celebration of Metropolitan Amfilohije

In the fulfilled crypt of the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, on 25 December 2015, the solemn spiritual academy dedicated to the 30th anniversary of episcopal ministry and 25th anniversary of archpastoral ministry as  Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral Amfilohije was held.

The academy was attended by: envoy of the Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia His Eminence Metropolitan Vikentiy of Tashkent and Uzbekistan, permanent member of the Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church; His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops : Jovan of Sumadija, Justin of Zica,  Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Jovan of Nis, Jovan of Pakrac-Slavonia, Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Ilarion of Timok, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina as well as abbot of the Chilandar monastery Archimandrite Metodije, Ambassador of Serbia to Podgorica Zoran Bingulac, and a number of priests and monks.

Patriarch Kirill greets Metropolitan Amfilohije with the 30th anniversary of his episcopal consecration and the 25th anniversary of his election to the See of Cetinje

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia sent greetings to Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Primorje, a hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, on the occasion of two memorable dates in his life. The text of the message is given below.

Your Eminence, dear Vladyka,

Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on the 30th anniversary of your episcopal consecration and the 25th anniversary of your election to the See of Cetinje.

You were carrying out your archpastoral ministry aimed at reviving the church life in Montenegro at a rather difficult time when the Orthodox people in Kosovo and Metohija, as well as in other parts of Serbia, were enduring great sufferings.

Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg

Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg
Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg
Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg
Diocese of Zica at the Christmas exhibition in St. Petersburg

With the blessing of His Holiness Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and under auspices of the Metropolitanate of St.Petersburg and His Eminence Metropolitan Varsonufiy, the Christmas exhibition was opened in St. Petersburg on 23 December 2015.

This year, the Diocese of Zica from Serbia was invited  as well. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Justin, representatives of the Diocese of Zica brought to the exhibition an icon of the Most Holy Mother of God Hodegetria which is being posted on the upper part of the altar of the church of the Ascension of the Lord in Cacak (Mother of God of Gradac).