Patriarchal Nativity Encyclical 2019

  The Serbian Orthodox Church to her spiritual children at Christmas, 2019


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:

Peace from God! Christ is Born!

In this year of our Lord, when we once again celebrate the most-glorious Incarnation of the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ – the only New under the Sun, we all hasten towards the temple of God to gather around the Divine Child, the Most Pure Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary and the righteous Joseph.


Press Release

While preparing to celebrate the radiant Feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, under presidency of His Holiness the Serbia Patriarch Irinej, held a session at the Patriarchal Court in Belgrade, on January 4, 2020, with participation of the hierarchs who have their jurisdiction in Montenegro: His Excellency Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro-Coastlands and Their Graces Bishops: Joanikije of Budimlje-Nikšić, Bishop Atanasije of Mileseva and Bishop Dimitrije of Zahum-Herzegovina. The session was attended by Their Graces Vicar Bishops Stefan of Remesiana and Metodije of Dioclaea as well.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej appeals for ending the terror over the Church and the people in Montenegro

Appeal of Serbian Patriarch Irinej for ending the terror
over the Church and the people in Montenegro

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej calls on the Montenegrin state authorities, especially members of the Ministry of the Interior, to immediately end the brutal terror over the Serbian Orthodox Church, its clergy and its faithful people. Inhuman beatings of the Vicar Bishop Metodije of Dioclea, priests, and Serbian Orthodox believers, simply because they are Serbs and Orthodox believers, represent unprecedented acts in Europe since the fall of fascism and the end of Bolshevik terror.

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops
of the Serbian Orthodox Church

As regards the latest developments in Montenegro relating to the announced adoption of the draft Law on Freedom of Religion or Belief and Legal Status of Religious Communities, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church hereby expresses its support to the archbishops, clergy, monasticism and faithful people of the dioceses: Montenegro and the Littoral, Budimlje-Niksic, Mileseva and Zahumlje-Herzegovina, to continue defending their religious rights in Montenegro, encouraged by the power of the Holy Spirit and the prayerful representation of the saints of our own kin.

Serbian Patriarch expressed condolences to Archbishop of Albania and Albanian people

On the occasion of the catastrophic earthquake in Albania, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch sent a letter of condolences to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania:

Your Beatitude,

We have received the sad news that a very strong earthquake with disastrous consequences struck Albania.

We personally, as well as the Pleroma of the Serbian Orthodox Church, extend our deepest prayerful condolences to You, the afflicted families and all the citizens of Albania.

Deeply saddened by this tragic event, We pray to the Lord that He may preserve the lives of all the people who dwell in the earthquake-hit region and give comfort to victims’ relatives and friends.

Your Beatitude’s brother and concelebrant in Christ,