Church of Serbia – 5/9/17
The Enthronement was performed in Sarajevo’s Cathedral Church on 3 September 2017. The Primate of the Serbian Church His Holiness Irinej officiated. Attendance of a large number of distinguished people from the church and political life.
The Cathedral church in Sarajevo devoted to the Most Holy Mother of God gathered the Serbian people from several dioceses of our Holy Church, which along with clergy, monks and representatives of the authorities fulfilled both the courtyard and the church while waiting the solemn introduction to the throne of Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of: Archbishop and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan, Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia, Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Metropolitan Jacob of Mytilini (Church of Greece), Bishop Nikanor of Banat, Bishop Longin of Mid-West America and New Gracanica, Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, Bishop Justin of Zica, Bishop Pahomije of Vranje, Bishop of Dalmatia and elected Bishop of Zvornik-Tuzla Fotije, Bishop Atanasije of Milesevo, Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Bishop Joakim of Polog-Kumanovo, Bishop Jovan of Slavonia-Pakrac, Bishop Arsenije of Nis, Bishop Antonije of Moravica and retired Bishops Georgije of Canada and Konstantin of Middle-Europe.
Along with the Patriarch and hierarchs clergy and monks from many churches and monasteries prayed at the service.
The choir Sloga of the Cathedral church in Sarajevo and chamber choir from East Sarajevo sang responses.
The decision of the election of Bishop Hrizostom as Metropolitan of Dabar-Bosnia was read by Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana. His Holiness introduced Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia to the throne of famous Metropolitanate, which along with a few Serbian dioceses soon will mark eight centuries of long history.
The solemn rite of the enthronement was attended by Mr. Valentin Inzko – EU High Representative in BiH, Mr. Mladen Ivanic, Serbian member in the Council of BiH; Mrs. Nela Kuburovic, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia; Mr. Nedeljko Cubrilovic, President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska; Mr. Nedjo Trninic, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Srpska; Mr. Mileta Radojevic, PhD, – Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities at the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia; Mr. Mirko Sarovic, President of the Council of Ministers in the Government of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mr. Dragan Davidovic, Director of the Secretariate for Faith in the Government of the Republic of Srpska; Mrs. Amela Dautbegovic from the Ministry of Labour, Social Politics, Misplaced Persons and Refugees of the Canton of Sarajevo; Mr. Petar Ivancov, Ambassador of Russia to BiH; Mr. Stanimir Vukicevic, Ambassador of Serbia to BiH; heads of the Serbian municipalities and mayors, lots of people from the public and cultural life of the Republic of Srpska.
Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church with Cardinal Vinko Puljic, representatives of Reis-ulema, Mufti of Mostar Eff. Dedovic and representative of the Jewish Community Mr. Jakub Finci also attended this solemn event.
photo: Larry Angier