The Patron Saint of the Republic of Srpska – St. Archdeacon Stephen

Church of Serbia – 15/1/19

On the occasion of the feast of the First-martyr Archdeacon Stephen and the Day of the Republic of Srpska, celebrated on January 9, 2019, His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy patriarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Banja Luka.

The Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by Hrisostom Metropolitan of Dabar-Bosnia, Bishop Jefrem of Banjaluka, Bishop Fotije  of Zvornik-Tuzla, Bishop Sergije of Bihać-Petrovac and Bishop Dimitrije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, as well as by archpriests Ratko Radujkovic and Vojo Balaban, syncells Platon and Teofilo, protodeacon Radojica Zagran and deacon Zoran Djuric.

The Holy triumphant Liturgy was attended by the Chairman of the Presidency of B&H. Milorad Dodik, President of the Republic of Srpska Mrs. Zeljka Cvijanovic, President of the Government of the Republic of Srpska Radovan Viskovic and the President of the National Assembly of Srpska Nedeljko Čubrilović.In honor of the Holy Proto-Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen, the heavenly patron saint of the Republic of Srpska, His Holiness Patriarch consecrated the festal loaf with the highest officials of the Republic of Srpska.

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