Serbian Orthodox Church
On November 23rd, 2016, the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, concluded his visit to Moscow, where he participated in the celebrations marking the 70th birthday of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
During the visit to the capital of Russia His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with his delegation consisting of Bishop Irinej of Backa, Bishop Antonije of Moravica, Archimandrite Isihije and protodeacon Vladimir Rumenic, participated in the conciliar service of the Divine Liturgy and a solemn jubilee act at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour, and attended the solemn concert in the Hall of the Church Councils as well. Also, a meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill was held.
With prayer and a special blessing, clergy and church members broke ground Saturday on a new cemetery at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville, which will serve Orthodox Church members of all ethnic groups.
A solemn procession led by His Grace Bishop Longin and priests from several Orthodox parishes in Indiana and Illinois brought church members from St. Sava church building north to the site where the cemetery will be built.
“This is a living Cathedral, wounded, burned and charred, waiting like a phoenix to rise out of its ashes, and it will rise” (Bishop Irinej)
New York City, NY- On Saturday, November 5, 2016, a Fundraising Gala was held in order to raise funds to restore and save Saint Sava Cathedral, which was devastated by fire on Easter Sunday, May 1, 2016. This Gala was also a welcoming event for the newly elected Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, His Grace Irinej (Dobrijevic). The fact that the coordinators had to announce that the event was sold out and that the venue could not accommodate more than 340 guests is indicative of this evening’s great success. Among the guests present were representatives from the church, government, academic, business and sports circles, among many others, who came from Washington, DC, Boston, Cleveland, New York City and surrounding areas. Honored guests that were present during this evening were the newly elected Bishop of the Serbian Diocese of Eastern America, His Grace Bishop Irinej; His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia; His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of Washington and All America and Canada (Primate, Orthodox Church in America); His Grace Bishop Sevastianos of Zela (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America); His Grace Bishop John of Worchester and New England (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America); Mr. Vlade Divac, famed NBA Star and Humanitarian; Dr. Zorka Milich, Chairperson, Restoration and Development Committee; Mrs. Rebecca MacDonald, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Very Rev. Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, Cathedral Dean; Very Rev. Vladislav Radujkovic, Cathedral Parish Priest; Mr. Nenad Milinkovic, President of the Cathedral Executive Board; and Canon Dr. J. Robert Wright, Episcopalian Diocese of New York.
On the feast day of Holy Greatmartyr Demetrius, His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, celebrated the Holy Liturgy at the sidechapel of Holy Martyr Ekaterina in Skopje. On 20th week after Pentecost, His Beatitude served at the stauropegic monastery of Saint John Chrisostom in Bitola.
On Saturday, October 29th, His Grace Bishop Irinej presided over Great Vespers at St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church which was celebrated by the parish priest, Father Aleksa Micic. At the end of the service Father Aleksa introduced the new Bishop to our parishioners, acknowledging the Bishop’s significant accomplishments and demonstrations of dedication to our faith.
His Beatitude Chrysostomos, Archbishop of the New Justiniana and All Cyprus, welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriatrch Irinej in front of the Sacred Archdiocese of Cyprus on the 10th of November 2016. (Photogallery).
A solemn doxology rite, in presence of Hierarchs, clergy and numerous faithful who came to greet the Serbian Patriarch, was celebrated in the church of St. John the Theologian. The Primates of the two sister Churches had conversations in the Synodic of the Archdiocese of Cyprus.