Patron Saint-day of Republika Srpska

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banja Luka on 9 January 2022, on the feast day of Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen (phоto gallery).

The Patriarch was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka in the prayerful presence of Their Graces Bishops Pahomije of Vranje, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Jovan of Slavonia, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, and many believers among which were President of Republika Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Radovan Viskovic, the Serbian member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, Mayor of Banja Luka Drasko Stanivukovic.

Christmas Liturgy in Saint Sava Cathedral church in Belgrade

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district, in Belgrade, on 7 January 2022., on the feast day of the Nativity of the Lord and Our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

In the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch; the Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by Archimandrite Nektarije, protopresbyter-staurophor Velibor Dzomic, protosynchelloi Nektarije and Danilo, protopresbyters Zoran Rankovic and Ivan Strbacki, as well as deacons Radomir Vrucinic, Dragan Radic, Vladan Tatatalovic and Srboljub Ostojic. 

The Christmas message of the Serbian Patriarch and all archbishops was read by the protosynchellos Nektarije, the Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Singing Society of the Cathedral church of Sava sang responses conducted artistically by Katarina Stankovic, PhD, as well as the Children's Choir Rastko conducted artistically by  Milena Antovic.

The festal gathering was attended by President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Ivica Dacic; Director of the Directorate for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities, Dr. Vladimir Roganovic; Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Goran Vesic; Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar, Prince Filip and Princess Danica Karadjordjevic.

Patriarch Porfirije: May Christmas give us all peace, the absence of fear and the courage to embrace each other

The traditional Christmas reception organized by the Serbian National Council on Christmas Day, January 6, this year was held in the atrium of the Kantakuzina Katarina Brankovic Serbian Orthodox Secondary School at the Holy Spirit in Zagreb.

At the reception, speakers were: Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia;  Goran Jandroković, President of the Croatian Parliament; Tomislav Tomasevic, Mayor of Zagreb; Veran Matic, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Serbia; as well as Milorad Pupovac, president of the Serbian National Council and the host of the Christmas reception. His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije addressed the present: - We are between two Christmases, the one that is celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, and the Christmas one that is celebrated according to the Julian calendar. We are framed in this area, but also on the wider European continent, with the meaning of the message and the content of Christmas, and that is the Nativity of Christ .

Bishop Luka Kovacevic of Western Europe (1950-2021)

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Requiem Office for the Dead in front of the catafalque of Bishop Luka of Western Europe of blessed repose in the Monastery of the Most Holy Mother of God on 27 December 2021.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishop Vasilije of Srem, Nikanor of Banat, Irinej of Backa, Dositej of Britain and Scandinavia, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Ignatije of Branicevo, Atanasije of Milesevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Arsenije of Nis, Isihije of Valjevo, Metodije of Budimlje-Niksic, Jerotej of Toplica, Justin of Hvosno, Damaskin of Mohacs, Sava of Marca and Jovan of Hum.

Patriarch Porfirije: Let us enter the house of the Lord, respond to His call, surrender to His will and His providence - then we will be on the safe path

Patriarch Porfirije: No profession or concern is more important than the foundation of our life - Christ

On the Sunday of the Holy Forefathers, December 26, 2021, in the crowded Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb, His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, served the Divine Liturgy. The Zagreb clergy celebrated together with the singing of the choir of the Cathedral, conducted by Olena Ciglenjak. After the end of the Holy Liturgy, the Patriarch congratulated Christmas to all Christians who celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of Christ according to the Gregorian calendar.

Patriarch Porfirije: There is no better way for a person to be useful to another than the way that the Gospel anticipates

Patriarch Porfirije: The reason and goal of existence and the meaning of human existence outside of Christian civilization, ie. European civilization without Christ, without the Gospel, without the Nativity of Christ, without Christmas is absolutely not only incomprehensible but absolutely something that turns into nonsense, into its contradiction.

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch talked with His Eminence Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar in the Cathedral of the Ascension of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belgrade, on 20 December 2021. His Grace Bishop Justin of Hvosno and Mr. Vladimir Roganovic, Ph.D.,  the Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and the Religious Communities of the Republic of Serbia, attended the meeting.