Church of Serbia – 27/7/2020
52th anniversary of pastoral and 35th anniversary of the episcopal consecration of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral
On 21st July 1968, on the feast of Holy Great-martyr Procopius of Caesarea, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral was ordained as hieromonk at the Monastery of St. Gerasimus of Kefalonia in Argostoli, in Greek Province Kefalonia. The day before he had been ordained as hierodeacon by the same Metropolitan of Kefalonia, by whom who had taken monastic vows in 1967. Many times has His Eminence Amfilohije emphasized that Metropolitan Procopius played an important role in his life.
The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected him as Bishop of Banat in May 1985. He was consecrated in the Cathedral Church in Belgrade on 16th June 1985 by the late Serbian Patriarch German with the concelebration of Metropolitan Danilo of Montenegro and the Littoral and Bishops Nikanor of Backa, Hrisostom of Branicevo, Stefan of Zicaa, Sava of Sumadija, Nikolai of Dalmatia, Milutin of Timok, Vasilije of Zvornik and Tuzla, Vasilije of Australia and New Zealand, Jefrem of Banja Luka and Danilo of Marcha. Metropolitan Procopius of Kefalonia was among them as well. Amfilohije’s enthronement took place in Vrsac on 21st July 1985.
By a decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Bishop Amfilohije of Banat was promoted as Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral with a seat in Cetinje in December 1990. On 30th December 1990, the solemn enthronement was performed by Patriarch Pavle of the blessed memory with the concelebration of bishops at the Monastery of Cetinje.
(translated into English by Sanja Simic de Graaf)