Patriarch Irinej in Ljubljana: There is no difference among people no matter what religion they belong to

  His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended the act of inauguration of the newly built Parish Centre by the Orthodox church of Saints Cyril and Methodius in Ljubljana.

After the talks with the Orthodox faithful, who had come from all parts of Slovenia, as well as from Italy and Austria, the Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius in the centre of Ljubljana with the concelebration of many hierarchs and priests. At the end of the Liturgy the Patriarch delivered a sermon in presence of a great number of believers in the churchyard and called upon them to attend church services regularly. The Serbian Patriarch admonished them to respect their new homeland and to maintain good relations with Slovenians, because “the Serbs have always been in good relations with Slovenians”. The Patriarch also called upon the Serbian people to respect citizens of other religions, “since we are all the children of God and there is no difference among people no matter what religion they belong to”.

Patriarch Irinej in Ljubljana

Patriarch Irinej in Ljubljana
Patriarch Irinej in Ljubljana
Patriarch Irinej in Ljubljana
Patriarch Irinej in Ljubljana

On the second day of the patriarchal visitation to Slovenia, on the 19th May 2018, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, arrived to Ljubljana, where he visited the Ljubljana City Fortress and met with the Mayor of Ljubljana Mr. Zoran Jankovic.

In the afternoon, His Holiness, accompanied by Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Bishop Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, Arsenije of Nis and Nikodim of Dalmatia, attended the vesper service in the church of Sts. Cyril and Methodius. Following the vesper service, Metropolitan Porfirije addressed His Holiness Patriarch and welcomed him on behalf of Orthodox people in Slovenia. His Holiness Irinej expressed his deep gratitude for the attention and warned the congregation to preserve and love their faith and convey it to younger generations.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Slovenia

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Slovenia
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Slovenia
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Slovenia
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in Slovenia

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, began his canonical visitation to Slovenia on 18 May 2018. 

Along with Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and priest in charge, presbyter Dejan Mandic, His Holiness visited the Mayor of Koper Mr. Boris Popovic. At the City Hall where Mayor welcomed the Serbian dignitary, the guests were informed about the history of the city of Koper, the current situation in the area, as well as about the conditions of life of the Serbian national minority living there. Following the meeting, the Patriarch visited a location where a new Orthodox church is going to be built.

The Ascension of the Lord – Patron Feast of the City of Belgrade

 The Divine Liturgy celebrated in the church of the Ascension of the Lord in Belgrade and a solemn procession through central streets of the City of Belgrade marked Belgrade’s Patronal feast – Ascension of the Lord on 17 May 2018. The host of the patron event was City Manager Mr. Goran Vesic (photo gallery - Deacon Dragan Tanasijević).

Holy Liturgy was presided over by His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej with the concelebration of Their Eminence Archbishop Peter of Chicago and the Midwestern America (Russian Orthodox Church), protopresbyter-staurophor Professor Dr. Vladimir Vukasinovic, Vajo Jovic and Milosav Radojevic, protopresbyter Aleksandar Mihajlovic presbyter Slavisa Popovic and Predrag Timotijevic, deacon Stevica Rapajic and Igor Davidovic.

A Historical Day for the Serbian Armed Forces

After the introduction of religious service into the Army of Serbia, the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces celebrated on 6 May 2018, for the first time, its Patron Saint-day (slava), the Holy Great-martyr George.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. He was concelebrated by mayor Revd. Sladjan Vlajic, the chief priest of the Serbian Armed Forces, and Captain Revd. Djordje Dimic, military chaplain at the Command of the Serbian Army; military chaplains Mayor Revd.  Nemanja Petrovic from the Military Academy, Captain Sasa Sovilj from the Military Medical Academy, Captain Djordje Stojisavljevic from the 1st Brigade of the Serbian Army and Captain Selimir Vagic from the River Flotilla; as well as by protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacon Dragan Tanasijevic. The choir Mojsije Popovic sang responses.