Church of Serbia – 31/1/17
On the feast-day of the Venerable and the God-Bearer our Father Sava, the First Serbian Archbishop, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava.
His Holiness was con-celebrated by the abbot of the monastery of the Mother of God the Three-handed in Bogostica , Archimandrite Nifont, Principal of Saint Sava’s Cathedral, Archmandrite Stefan, General Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops Protopresbyter-staurophor Savo B. Jovic,PhD aas well as other clergymen.
The Holy Liturgy was attended by Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Mileta Radojevic, PhD; and his assistant Marko Nikolic, PhD.
Thousands of believers fulfilled the crypt of the Saint Sava Cathedral and participated in the Holy Communion and the rite of cutting the slava loaf. After the sermon on Saint Sava, delivered by the Principal of the Theological School at Cetinje, Montenegro, Archpriest-Staurophor Gojko Perovic, His Holiness congratulated the Patron Saint-day to all the Serbs in the homeland and abroad, including those who were gathered in their homes or in destroyed churches in Kosovo and Metohija.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej attended a traditional Saint Sava Academy at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade at 12 o’clock.
Later, in the evening, His Holiness attended a performance at the National Theater given in honor of Saint Sava.