The Centennial Anniversary of the “Day of Prayer for Serbia” in Washington

  Under the spiritual patronage of the Bishop of Eastern American, His Grace Irinej, the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America is organizing a multi-day celebration of these significant events in Washington DC.

On July 28, 1918 the government of Woodrow Wilson, the President of the United States of America, issued a proclamation marking that day "A Day of Prayer for Serbia". It was determined that on that day the Serbian flag would wave at the White House and that church bells throughout America would ring in honor of Serbian victims of World War I. A large number of Serbs from America had left their families and homes in the New World, desiring to help their brothers in the battle for honor and freedom in the homeland and join the Serbian army. Many of them never returned. Recognizing their sacrifices and love for the Serbian people, but remembering the great friends of our people in America, the Serbian Orthodox Church is organizing a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of President Wilson's proclamation, the breakthrough of the Salonika Front and the end of the World War I.

Bishop of Dioclea Metodije consecrated

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated Holy Hierarchal Liturgy and performed the rite of cheirotonia (consecration) of the Very Venerable Archimandrite Metodije (Ostojic) as  Bishop of Dioclea, elected as Vicar  Bishop of His Eminence Amfilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands.

The ceremony took place in the Cathedral of Christ's Resurrection in Podgorica, Montenegro, on July 22, 2018. The concelebrating hierarchs to the Patriarch were:  Amfilohije Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coastlands;  Porfirije, Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana; Bishops; Lukijan of Budapest, Dositej of Britain-Scandinavia, Jovan of Sumadija, Atanasije of Mileseva, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Grigorije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, Teodosije of Rascia-Prizren, Jovan of Slavonia, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac,  Arsenije of Nis, Nikodim of  Dalmatia, Heruvim of Osijek-Polje, Antonije of Moravica, Stefan  of Remesiana, Ishije of Mohacs,  Atanasije Bishop emeritus oof  Zaholm-Herzegovina, Bishop-elect  of Zaholm-Herzegovina  - Archimandrite Dimitrije as well as numerous clerics and monastics.

Serbs celebrate Royal Martyrs with Liturgy and procession in capital

 Tsar Nicholas II was “one of the greatest rulers and tsars of Russia in his moral and spiritual qualities,” the Serbian patriarch said.

While 100,000 Orthodox faithful gathered in Ekaterinburg on Monday night to honor the 100th anniversary of the Royal Martyrs, they were honored with another Divine Liturgy and procession in Belgrade yesterday morning.

Consecration of the Bishop-elect Metodije of Dioclea

The Serbian Patriarch Irinej will perform the consecration of the Bishop-elect – Very Venerable Archimandrite Methodije (Ostojic) as vicar Bishop of Dioclea, in the Cathedral church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, on July 22 2018.

The welcoming of His Holiness Patriarch will take place the day before, on July 21, 2018 at 18:30, in front of the Resurrection Cathedral church in Podgorica, after which a festive vigil service will be served. Archimandrite of the Cetinje Monastery, Archimandrite Metodije (Ostojic) was elected Vicar Bishop of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro-Coastland, with the title Bishop of Dioclea at the regular convocation of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 2018.

Biography of the Bishop-elect Metodije (Ostojic)

Archimandrite Metodije (baptismal name Ljubisa) Ostojic was born in Sarajevo on April 1, 1976, as the third child of Orthodox parents Milinka and Dragica (born Milicevic). He finished the eight-year school and first two classes of the high school in Sarajevo, BH, from where he and his family due to civil war conflicts moved to Podgorica, Montenegro.

The other two classes of the high school he finished in Podgorica. During his stay in Sarajevo he finished elementary music school. After graduating from the high school in 1994, he immatriculated the Faculty of Economics at the University in Podgorica, where he graduated in 2001. In 2002 he came to the Cetinje Monastery, where he was tonsured on the eve of feast-day of Sts. Peter and Paul, on July 11, 2004, and got the monastic name Metodije (according to St. Methodius the Slav Enlightener.