Patronal Feast day at the Monastery of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos in Belgrade

Published On: 04/12/2023

On 4 December 2023, on the Feast of the Entrance of the Most Holy Theotokos, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije presided over the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at the Belgrade monastery dedicated to this great feast.

Congratulating the faithful people who filled the church on the great feast of the Mother of God, the Patriarch emphasized that that day’s feast reveals to us the mystery of salvation – the secret plan of God. Interpreting the mystery of this great feast, His Holiness explained that the Most Holy Theotokos, the highest among humans, Who humbly accepted that God’s plan for the salvation of humanity be carried out through her, was on that day introduced into the Holy of Holies, a place where only the high priest entered and only once a year. – The Mother of God is an example of humility and acceptance of God’s will – the Patriarch highlighted pointing out that She serves as a model of everything contrary to pride, which, together with the belief that everything we have and do depends solely on us and not on God’s will, afflicts many people today. – The Most Holy Theotokos is the best example of dedicating oneself entirely, with one’s entire being, to God. This dedication to God stands in opposition to what has brought down humanity – pride, self-love, avarice, and the love of glory. His Holiness emphasized that God reveals Himself to us in the way He desires, and therefore, it is necessary for us to have patience in our relationship with Him. At the moment of God’s revelation, we should be humble and ready to respond to God: Behold the maidservant of Yours! just as the Most Holy Theotokos did.

During the Holy Liturgy, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije ordained the graduate theologian Mr. Željko Jovanović to the rank of Deacon.

You can read the full sermon of His Holiness in Serbian []