Patriarch Porfirije: The Serbian Orthodox Church is not confined to the spaces of Serbia; she lives wherever the descendants of Saint Sava are found

Published On: 08/11/2023

On 8 November 2023, on the feast of Saint Great Martyr Demetrius, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije served the holy hierarchical Liturgy at the Church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos in Buenos Aires.

– In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Brothers and sisters, we have served the holy Liturgy in this magnificent church through which we are linked to Saint Sava, and which demonstrates that the Serbian Orthodox Church is not confined to the spaces of Serbia, but lives wherever the descendants of Saint Sava are found. This church, precisely as a replica, as a copy of the King’s Church of Studenica, is a sign that our people and our Church of Saint Sava live here, indicating that our people live here by their faith and are not bound to their regions only by blood and genetics. True unity is unity in Christ, unity in one faith. This is best demonstrated here in South America because the Church is open, and then others, who have a different genetic background, when they believe in Christ in a true, orthodox way, become part of the Orthodox Church where genetics are transformed into the Body of Christ. When we enter the Church of Christ, our human body, our biological being – which has its biological origin, given that someone is Serbian, someone is Argentinian, and someone is of another nationality – transforms into a spiritual being, a being determined by Christ as the Head of the Church, a being called the Body of Christ, which is His Church – Patriarch Porfirije preached.

The holy Liturgy was prayerfully attended by Their Graces Bishops: kyr Arsenije of Niš, kyr Kirilo of Buenos Aires and South and Central America, kyr Nikodim of Dalmatia, kyr Metodije of Budimlje-Nikšić, kyr John of Caracas and South America of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia; and Vicar Bishops kyr Stefan of Remesiana and kyr Gregory from the Patriarchate of Constantinople.