Serbian Orthodox Church
In Kosovoska Mitrovica the feast day of Saint Demetrius, the Patron Saint-day (slava) of the city was solemnly celebrated
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Great Martyr Demetrius with the concelebration of the clergy of the Episcopal Deaneries of Mitrovica and Raska. At the end of the Liturgy Bishop Teodosije awarded Bogoljub Cvejic, stonecutter from Mitrovica, with the Order of Saint King Milutin for construction and architecture on the territory of the Diocese, and Petar Rakic with the Order of Saint Sava of the Second Degree for the organization and conducting a choir in the church of Mitrovica. The Bishop then, along with the clergy and the faithful, went in the slava procession through the streets of the city.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan consistently schedules clergy seminars for the purpose of continuing education. Since at least 1993 various speakers have addressed a wide range of topics related to the priesthood and parish life.
Since 2008 the seminars have been held at Shadeland in Springboro, Pennsylvania. The seminars make good use of the beautiful Most Holy Mother of God Monastery Church and St. Sava Camp facilities. This year the Vesper service was held on October 28, 2013 followed by dinner and a general discussion. On Tuesday morning, October 29, Matins and the Hours were completed followed by the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy.
Citizens of Novi Sad marked yesterday 95th anniversary of the triumphal entrance of the Serbian Army in Novi Sad, led by Major Vojislav Bugarski. The Divine Liturgy at the building of the Command of the First Brigade of the Army Garrison Command of Novi Sad.
The celebrations began with the service of Divine Liturgy at the building of the Command of the First Brigade of the Land forces in the Army Garrison Command of Novi Sad and the rite of consecration of the liturgical space, dedicated to Holy Great Martyr Nestor, Christian soldier and spiritual follower of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki. His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Backa celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop Dr Porfirije of Jegar and Army and the clergy. A chapel in the Command of the First Brigade is the second liturgical space in the Serbian Armed Forces which was prepared for service. The Divine Liturgy was attended by Mayor of Novi Sad Mr. Milos Vucevic, Minister of Defence Mr. Nebojsa Rodic, as well as Imam of Vojvodina Effendi Muhamed Zilkic. Commanders of all subordinate battalions, representatives of senior soldiers and civilians, as well as representatives of the citizenry participated in the prayerful ceremony. The host of the gathering in the building of the Command of the First Brigade of the Land Forces was Brigade General Stojan Batinic with his associates.
The remains of Milunka Savic, the Serbian heroine of the Balkan wars and the First World War, were transferred yesterday to the Alley of the Greats at the New Cemetary, where were laid with tacts of the poem “There, Far Away”.
The remains of Milunka Savic, were laid to rest 40 years after her death during a ceremony with full military and state honors and with an intonation of the national anthem “God of Justice” and salvo at the Belgrade’s New Cemetary. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the memorial service which was attended by members of the family, President of Serbia Tomislav Nikolic, Ministers Nebojsa Rodic, Ivan Mrkic, Velimir Ilic, Tomislav Jovanovic, Aleksandar Antic and Milan Bacevic, as well as Chief of the Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served on Friday, on 8 November 2013, on the occasion of the church slava, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Demetrius in New Belgrade.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by eight priests and five deacons, and the choir of this church chanted. The church was full of believers. After the holy communion, the Patriarch cut the slava cake and held a sermon.