The Lives of Saints Peter and Paul

THE HOLY APOSTLE PETER

The son of Jonah and brother of Andrew the First-Called, of the tribe of Simeon and the town of Bethsaida, he was a fisherman and was at first called Simon, but the Lord was pleased to call him Cephas, or Peter (Jn 1:42). He was the first of the disciples to give clear expression to his faith in the Lord Jesus, saying: "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God" (Mt 16:16). His love for the Lord was very strong, and his faith in Him went from strength to strength.

When the Lord was put on trial, Peter denied him three times, but it needed only one look into the face of the Lord, and Peter's soul was filled with shame and repentance. After the descent of the Holy Spirit, Peter became a fearless and powerful preacher of the Gospel. After his first sermon in Jerusalem, about 3,000 souls were converted to the Faith. He preached the Gospel throughout Palestine and Asia Minor, in Italy and Illyria. He performed many wonders, healing the sick and raising the dead, and even his shadow had the power of healing the sick. He had a major struggle with Simon the Magician, who declared himself to be from God but was actually a servant of the devil. He finally put him to shame and overcame him.

A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova

A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova
A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova
A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova
A High Church Distinction for Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova

The Serbian Patriarch decorated Mrs. Eleonora Mitrofanova with the Order of Holy Empress Milica – Venerable Eugenia. The Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church continue to help interior decoration of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Belgrade.

On the occasion of celebrating the Day of family, love and fidelity, July 9th, 2018, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the Russian Cultural Centre (the Russian House) in Belgrade, where he was cordially welcomed by protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, principal of the church of Holy Trinity of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, and Mrs. Nadezda Kuschenkova, Director of the Russian House. After a short reception in the solemn salon, where Mr. Aleksadar Schepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Belgrade, attended the cordial talks, His Holiness with his entourage and hosts moved to the solemn hall of the Russian House.

The Serbian Patriarch received an US official

The Serbian Patriarch received an US official
The Serbian Patriarch received an US official
The Serbian Patriarch received an US official
The Serbian Patriarch received an US official

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Pete Marocco, Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 9 July 2018.

The American official thanked His Holiness for the reception during which they discussed about promoting inter-religious dialogue, improving coexistence between adherents of different religions and preservation of religious shrines from destruction and desecration.

A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj

A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj
A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj
A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj
A Group of Albanians tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije to officiate Liturgy at Svach near Ulcinj

A group of twenty Albanians yesterday tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral to serve the Holy Liturgy with priests and the faithful on the foundations of the church of Saint John the Baptist at Svach near Ulcinj.

The group of twenty Albanians led by Haxhi Sulejmani, a member of the local parliament on behalf of the Democratic Party – the Ulcinj’s ruling coalition, tried to stop Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral to serve the Holy Liturgy with priests and believers on the foundations of the church of Saint John the Baptists at Svach in Ulcinj on the 8th of July 2018.

The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade

The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade
The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade
The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade
The Serbian Patriarch celebrated Liturgy in the Russian church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej officiated the Liturgy in the Russian church of Holy Trinity in Belgrade on 8 July 2018.

On the day when the Church celebrates Sts. Peter and Fevronia, wonder-workers of Murom and protectors of the family, it was in the Russian church at Tasmajdan that His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the solemn Liturgy with concelebration of protopresbyter VitalyTasasyev, principal of the Representation of the Patriarchate of Moscow in  Belgrade, protopresbyter-staurophor Milomir Stevanovic – church of Most Holy Theotokos of Kazan, Diocese of Sabac; presbyter Ivan Delic – Diocese of Banat and concelebrants from the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Among the Church's feasts, there are three in honor of God's saint which in their significance stand out from the others devoted to the saints and are numbered among the great feasts of the Church of Christ. These feasts glorify the economy of God for our salvation.

The Serbian Patriarch received the President of Ukraine

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received in   His Excellency Peter Poroshenko, President of Ukraiine, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 3 July 2018.

The President of Ukraine thanked His Holiness for the cordial reception, during which they talked about various challenges that the two brotherly peoples, Serbians and Ukrainians, have been facing. Serbian Patriarch Irinej told President Poroshenko that he highly appreciated the position of the Ukrainian government regarding the status of the southern Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohia and the readiness of the President to help while reconstructing and protecting Serbian Orthodox shrines there. On his part, His Holiness emphasized that he had been praying for peace in Ukraine and expressed his firm hope that all local problems would be solved by peaceful means in a fair way.