Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva

Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva
Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery Podlastva

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patrarch, was welcomed at the Podlastva Monastery by thousands of faithful gathered to celebrate jubilees: 800 years of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church and 1500 years of the monastery of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Podlastva.

His Holiness Patriarch was officially welcomed on September 27, 2019 at the Grbalj monastery of Podlastva near Budva, where doxology and evening service were held in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej: Religion in Montenegro is alive and it is a great encouragement and joy for the whole of Serbia

- Our faith is alive in Montenegro and it is a great encouragement and joy for the whole of Serbia, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej said at the festive academy in  the courtyard of Podlastva Monastery while celebrating the 800 years of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the 1500 years of existence of the monastery.

The Patriarch expressed his great joy and gratitude to the Lord Jesus for having given him power and strength to participate in that great spiritual joy. "This is a joy that is not only the joy of Montenegro and Montenegrins, but of the whole of Serbia. The joy of Serbs from the homeland, but I think also the joy of our Serbs displaced around the world. In a way, both this event and this joy, rare and great, will reach them, said Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro: Welcome, you heir to Saint Sava!

Welcoming address of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro in the Monastery Podlastva: 

Your Holiness,  Welcome to this ancient shrine as it is written here: Welcome, you heir to Saint Sava, welcome to the Grbalj area! This is where St. Sava used to come, and after him, all your predecessors. Serbian Patriarchs used to come and consecrated Metropolitans of Zeta and of Montenegro and stayed here for some time. The last one who spent some time in this shrine was your predecessor, Patriarch Serbian Paul. 

Saint Joanikije the Lawgiver Judicial Reception

Saint Joanikije the Lawgiver Judicial Reception
Saint Joanikije the Lawgiver Judicial Reception
Saint Joanikije the Lawgiver Judicial Reception
Saint Joanikije the Lawgiver Judicial Reception

On September 16th, 2019, the Serbian Bar Association of America-SBA celebrated its Patronal Feast Day - Slava, St. Joanikije the First Serbian Patriarch, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, with the blessings of His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, presided over the Service of the Blessing of the Festal Bread and Wheat, assisted by Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Srdjan Veselinovic of Chicago. His Grace congratulated all gathered and spoke about their Patron Saint and the Orthodox understanding of the etymological meaning of law in light of discernment, truth and judgment. He also spoke of the good work that the Honorable Congressman Ted Poe did, among all else, as co-chairman of the Congressional Serbian Congress for the commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the raising of the Serbian Flag over the White House in 2018.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej at the Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral

Serbian Patriarch Irinej at the Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral
Serbian Patriarch Irinej at the Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral
Serbian Patriarch Irinej at the Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral
Serbian Patriarch Irinej at the Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral

On 22 September 2019, the feast of the Holy and Righteous Joachim and Anna, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej participated prayerfully in the Divine Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral of the Holy Archangel Michael and received the Holy Gifts (photo gallery).