Enthronement of the Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije in the Patriarchate of Peć

Published On: 06/10/2022

On 14 October 2022, on the Feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije will visit Kosovo and Metohija and the Patriarchate of Peć, the Stavropegial Lavra of the Serbian Patriarchs, where he will preside over the Holy Liturgy with the concelebration of a number of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

On that occasion, according to the traditional akolouthia, His Holiness kyr Porfirije will be ceremonially enthroned on the most holy Throne of the Archbishops of Peć and Patriarchs of Serbia.

For eight centuries, the Pan-Serbian and Pan-Orthodox ancient holy place – Monastery of the Patriarchate of Peć – keeps under its vaults the sacred Throne into which the heirs of Saint Sava are introduced and from which Serbian Archbishops and Patriarchs steer the ship of Christ’s Church within the limits of their canonical jurisdiction. After the re-establishment of the unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1920, the tradition of enthronement on the throne of Peć was restored as a visible proof of spiritual emulation of our God-bearing and virtuous Archbishops and Patriarchs from the time of obtaining autocephaly in 1219 until today.

The enthronement of the first Patriarch of the re-established Serbian Patriarchate, His Holiness kyr Dimitrije (Pavlović) on the ancient throne in the Patriarchate of Peć was performed on 24 August 1924, and later his successors were also enthroned on the Throne of Saint Sava: Patriarch Varnava (Rosić) on 6 July 1930, Patriarch Gavrilo (Dožić) on 2 August 1938; Patriarch German (Đorić) on 29 May 1960; Patriarch Pavle (Stojčević) in July 1994; Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilović) on 3 October 2010.