Press Release

Considering that His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, tested positive for SARS - CoV2 during today's testing, according to the specific protocol and doctors' advice, the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church will spend the upcoming days on home treatment.

His Holiness has very mild symptoms of the viral infection, he has been prescribed appropriate therapy, and he respects all epidemiological measures. He is in regular contact with associates through electronic communications and performs administrative tasks completely undisturbed. Also, he does not stop prayerfully supporting doctors and medical staff in their work, and he especially prays for the healing of all those affected by the epidemic. The Patriarch expresses regret that the public manifestations in which he was supposed to participate have been postponed until further notice.

The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church

Patron Saint-day of Republika Srpska

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banja Luka on 9 January 2022, on the feast day of Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen (phоto gallery).

The Patriarch was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka in the prayerful presence of Their Graces Bishops Pahomije of Vranje, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Jovan of Slavonia, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, and many believers among which were President of Republika Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska Radovan Viskovic, the Serbian member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik, Mayor of Banja Luka Drasko Stanivukovic.

Christmas Liturgy in Saint Sava Cathedral church in Belgrade

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district, in Belgrade, on 7 January 2022., on the feast day of the Nativity of the Lord and Our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

In the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, Vicar of the Serbian Patriarch; the Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by Archimandrite Nektarije, protopresbyter-staurophor Velibor Dzomic, protosynchelloi Nektarije and Danilo, protopresbyters Zoran Rankovic and Ivan Strbacki, as well as deacons Radomir Vrucinic, Dragan Radic, Vladan Tatatalovic and Srboljub Ostojic. 

The Christmas message of the Serbian Patriarch and all archbishops was read by the protosynchellos Nektarije, the Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Singing Society of the Cathedral church of Sava sang responses conducted artistically by Katarina Stankovic, PhD, as well as the Children's Choir Rastko conducted artistically by  Milena Antovic.

The festal gathering was attended by President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Ivica Dacic; Director of the Directorate for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities, Dr. Vladimir Roganovic; Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Goran Vesic; Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar, Prince Filip and Princess Danica Karadjordjevic.

Patriarch Porfirije: May Christmas give us all peace, the absence of fear and the courage to embrace each other

The traditional Christmas reception organized by the Serbian National Council on Christmas Day, January 6, this year was held in the atrium of the Kantakuzina Katarina Brankovic Serbian Orthodox Secondary School at the Holy Spirit in Zagreb.

At the reception, speakers were: Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia;  Goran Jandroković, President of the Croatian Parliament; Tomislav Tomasevic, Mayor of Zagreb; Veran Matic, Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Serbia; as well as Milorad Pupovac, president of the Serbian National Council and the host of the Christmas reception. His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije addressed the present: - We are between two Christmases, the one that is celebrated according to the Gregorian calendar, and the Christmas one that is celebrated according to the Julian calendar. We are framed in this area, but also on the wider European continent, with the meaning of the message and the content of Christmas, and that is the Nativity of Christ .

The Nativity Encyclical of the Serbian Orthodox Church

The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2021


By the Grace of God

Orthodox Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, with all the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church to all the clergy, monastics, and all the sons and daughters of our Holy Church: grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, with the joyous Christmas greeting:


Bishop David of Krusevac served in the church on Bagdala

His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac served the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy in the church of Saint John the Baptist on Bagdala, on 9 January 2022, on the feast day of the Holy First  Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen. 

The Bishop was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophor Budimir Kojic, hieromonk Sergije (Radivojevic), deacon Nenad Matic.