His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, in capacity of the administrator, visited the Diocese of Middle Europe for the second time in the last two months.
His Holiness arrived in Frankfurt on Wednesday, 27 March, at the airport where he was welcomed by bishop’s deputy, protopresbyter-stavrophor Milan Pejic and the head of Frankfurt’s church protonamesnik Simon Turkic. Following the arrival, Serbian Patriarch visited a new church building of our Holy Church in Frankfurt. The clergy of the Diocesan deanery for South Germany and many believers gathered at the church to welcome the Patriarch.
On Sunday of Orthodoxy, on the 14th anniversary since the beginning of the NATO military operation against Serbia and Montenegro, Orthodox believers gathered at the house of St. Nicholas parish of the Moscow Patriarchate in Reykyavik where the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Believers of Serbian, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarus, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Polish and Icelandic origin attended the memorial service for the victims of the NATO bombing served by the head of the parish, priest Timofei Zolotuski.
In the first week of the Great Lent, also called the Sunday of Orthodoxy because we remember the triumph of the Orthodox Church over the iconoclasts, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Nis served the Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral church in Nis. The clergy of the Cathedral church concelebrated to the Bishop. According to the ancient praxis at the end of the Liturgy the procession with icons around the church was performed and the Synodikон, which has been read in the Orthodox Church since 843 A.D.
Metropolitan Amfilohije meets with the chief of the OESC Mission in Montenegro and the Ambassador of Turkey in separate visits29. March 2013 - 11:48
On 26 March 2013 there were two audiences at the Episcopal palace of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral at Cetinje. His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, met with His Excellency Ambassador Ljubomir Kopaja, chief of the OESC Mission, and in a separate visit with His Excellency Mehmet Niyazi Tanilir, Ambassador of Turkey to Podgorica.
This was the first visit of Ambassador Kopaj since his last year’s installation as the chief of the OESC mission. The Ambassador used this opportunity to visit Cetinje Monastery as well.