Feast of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Theophany is the Feast which reveals the Most Holy Trinity to the world through the Baptism of the Lord (Mt.3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21-22). God the Father spoke from Heaven about the Son, the Son was baptized by Saint John the Forerunner, and the Holy Spirit descended upon the Son in the form of a dove. From ancient times this Feast was called the Day of Illumination and the Feast of Lights, since God is Light and has appeared to illumine “those who sat in darkness,” and “in the region of the shadow of death” (Mt.4:16), and to save the fallen race of mankind by grace.

In the ancient Church it was the custom to baptize catechumens at the Vespers of Theophany, so that Baptism also is revealed as the spiritual illumination of mankind.

Prayer of Supplication at the beginning of the New Year in front of Saint Sava Cathedral in Vracar

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served a prayer of supplication (moleben) and sent prayers for the salvation of the people in Montenegro, Kosovo and Metohija and all Serbian places on the plateau in front of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in Vracar on 13 January 2020 (phоto gallery).

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac in the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, head of the Saint Sava Cathedral. After the prayer of supplication, at midnight, to the delight of the many faithful people of the capital, a traditional fireworks show was prepared.

The Patriarch receives Ambassador of Serbia to Ukraine

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received a newly appointed Ambassador of Serbia to Ukraine, His Excellency Aleksandar Jovanovic, in the Serbian Patriarchate on 15 January 2020.

The reception was attended by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa.

Patron Saint-day of the First Belgrade Singing Society

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served on 14 January 2020, on the feast day of the Saint Basil the Great, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral church during which he broke the slava cake of the First Belgrade Singing Society. (photо gallery).

A Bright Saturday After the Nativity in Eugene, Oregon

A Bright Saturday After the Nativity in Eugene, Oregon
A Bright Saturday After the Nativity in Eugene, Oregon
A Bright Saturday After the Nativity in Eugene, Oregon
A Bright Saturday After the Nativity in Eugene, Oregon

The Saturday after the Nativity, January 11th, 2019, was especially bright this year at the Parish of St. John the Wonderworker in Eugene.

After days of rain and dark skies, the heavens opened and sun shone forth, if only so briefly, to welcome His Grace Bishop Maxim. The radiance of the parish’s Christmas celebration was accentuated by the coming among them of their Archpastor. His Grace was driven down to Eugene from Portland by Father Vidoslav, who concelebrated together with His Grace, Father John, and Protodeacon Stephen. The Divine Liturgy was a happy expression of the fullness of unity that we share in the Eucharist, a unity most powerfully manifested by the presence of the hierarch. At the conclusion of the Liturgy, the Bishop gave the parish a word on the meaning of this festal period of Nativity and Theophany, stating that these two feasts are truly one, as there is one revelation of Christ.