Saint Stefan of Dechani, Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus, Ohio celebrated its Slava on Sunday, November 24th 2013. Divine Liturgy started at 10:00 a.m. and was followed with the blessing of the Kolac and Koljivo.
On Sunday, December 1st, 2013 after the visit to the church of Saint Luke in Dortmund and the parish of Saint Stephen in Essen, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Sava in Dusseldorf.
Before the arrival to the church, Serbian Patriarch visited a city cemetery in Dusseldorf. After the decision of the city authorities, a special part of this cemetery where Orthodox Serbs, Russians and Greeks are being buried has been determined recently. The church and courtyard were full of children and pious Serbs from Dusseldorf and surrounding area who waited for His Holiness.
On Monday, 2 December 2013 in morning hours Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited Orthodox Serbs and his church of Holy Emperor Lazar in Kassel.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by the Serbs from this town along with priest Simon Turkic from Frankfurt, the administrator of the parish. Presbyters Aleksandar Perkovic and Bosko Janjic served the parish. Serbian Patriach had a long talk with priests and the Administration. Episcopal dean protopresbyter-stavrophor was attended by protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic.
On Sunday December 1, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Luke the Apostle in Dortmund and the Church-school congregation of Saint Stephen in Essen.
During the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy Serbian Patriarch Irinej was concelebrated by Archbishop Longin of Klin from the Russian Orthodox Church, episcopal deputy protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic, protopresbyter-stavrophor Dordje Trajkovic, head of the church; protopresbyter-stavrophor Nedjo Janic and other priests. Following the Liturgy Archbishop Longin informed His Holiness about the work of the Conference of Orthodox Bishops of Germany.
The church-school congregation in Dortmund was founded in 1985 with the blessing of Bishop Lavrentije. It has two parishes. Parish letter is published six times a year. Youth gathers once a week at the church center and their involvement in the life of the Church is increasing. The parish has a choir which each Sunday brightens the service of God. The head of the church is protopresbyter-stavrophor Djordje Trajkovic, former professor of the Prizren seminary.
On Saturday, November 30th, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Hamburg.
Lots of faithful people welcomed the Serbian Patriarch in Hamburg, where the bell rang at 5 p.m. at the church of Holy Michael the Archangel to announce the beginning of the service, which was served by head of the church protopresbyter Borisav Simic, archpriest Dragan Jovanovic and protodeacon Damjan Bozic. At the end of the service, f. Simir welcomed His Holiness. Serbian Patriarch Irinej addressed the faithful expressing his delight since the success of having recently bought church building restored and enabled for service.