Browsing: Serbian Orthodox Church

Source: Public Orthodoxy When, in March 2020, Serbian Patriarch Irinej officially sanctioned Dr. Vukašin Milićević, a priest and assistant professor of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology (FOT) at the University of Belgrade, it became clear that the recent interference of higher clergy of the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) in public speech matters gradually evolved into monopolizing the freedom of expression of its clergy with regard to almost all relevant issues, including science. The Patriarch remarked that Prof. Milićević—by his unannounced appearance in the TV broadcast Utisak nedelje—expressed disobedience to him personally, that he neglected the Constitution of the SPC and compromised…

Source: Peter Anderson, Seattle USA In the early morning hours of today (Saturday), Bishop Joanikije of Budimlja and Nikšić and seven priests of the Serbian Orthodox Church were released by the prosecutor’s office in Montenegro.  (https://hosted.ap.org/TPGIMAGES/article/703f4351f8fe367f8771ebbb851fbde7/serb-church-priests-freed-detention-montenegro)  During the late hours of May 12, the bishop and the priests had been questioned by the prosecutor’s office about the annual celebration of St. Basil of Ostrog that had occurred in Nikšić  earlier that day and about certain alleged violations of governmental anti-pandemic orders occurring during the celebration.  After the initial questioning, the prosecutor announced that the eight would be detained for up…

Source: Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America Тhe pearl of this year’s spring – and of the Great Lent for us Christians, culminating in Holy Week – is the offspring of the pain that the entire humanity and the Church body altogether lives through amidst the sea of tribulations caused by the Coronavirus. Everything that is done out of pure love is preserved and saved, for eternity. Those who were crucified with Christ will abound with glory; those who died with Him, will be filled with life. As somebody said, we’ve seen no evidence of COVID-19 discriminating on the basis…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On March 1, 2020, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia (celebrating his 45th anniversary as a bishop, 10th anniversary as primate, and 60th anniversary as a monk), Bishop Irinej of Eastern USA, and Bishop Jovan of Šumadija concelebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and the Slava of St Sava at St Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church, Miami FL.  It was a joyful and festive celebration attended by hundreds, mostly Millenials and young families.   A luncheon followed the services and included folk dancers, songs, poems and classical music. OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas attended the celebration joined by Advisory…

Source: Pravmir PRAVMIR.COM TEAM Bishop Ioann of Pakrac and Slavonia has given an interview to the Republic of Srpska television on the latest events in Montenegro. After dealing in detail with the close historic relationship of the modern Montenegro state ideology with Ustashism, the hierarch criticized the policy of today’s Montenegro authorities and a discriminatory law they have adopted on freedom of faith calling it “a totalitarian law that actually gives itself and the state a right to evaluate what belongs to the state and what can remain in the Church”. Bishop Ioann said how in 1991 he came to…

Source: Pravmir.com The most mass procession in recent times with a prayer in defense of the Serbian Orthodox Church against the discriminatory law on religious communities took place on Sunday, February 2, in Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro. The meeting point became the square in front of the Church dedicated to the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, where Montenegrin “tribes” (clan unions) walked with flags and crosses from the surrounding districts during the day, RIA Novosti reports with reference to the local clergy. “This is the largest gathering so far, this temple does not remember a bigger one. The procession through the…

Source: Orthodox Christianity [Montenegro – January 3, 2020] Tensions continue to run high in Montenegro after the Parliament and President pushed through a law that the Serbian Orthodox Church views as a blatant attack, aimed at seizing Church property from the canonical Church in favor of the miniscule schismatic “Montenegrin Orthodox Church.” The Episcopal Council of Montenegro, consisting of every hierarch of the Serbian Church serving in Montenegro, gathered on December 29, with the exception of His Grace Bishop Metodije of Diokleia, who was hospitalized after being beaten by police at a peaceful protest, for joint prayer and a meeting where it adopted a special statement in…

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation by James George Jatras “Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.” So Karl Marx wrote in 1843. For three generations over the course of the 20th century his atheist disciples violently sought to break their subjects of this “opium” addiction. They failed. In many though not all parts of the former communist bloc Christianity not only survived but provided the impetus for national and social revival. In some countries, like Poland, Hungary, and Lithuania, this meant Roman Catholicism.…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Podgorica, Montenegro – Despite strong protests from the hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the majority religion in the country, the Montenegrin Parliament adopted the anti-Church law “On Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Legal Status of Religious Communities” yesterday. Large crowds of Orthodox faithful took to the streets in several cities and towns to protest the new law, which resulted in the Montenegrin police severely beating His Grace Bishop Metodije of Diokleia and several faithful with batons, reports the official website of the Metropolis of Montenegro. “The bishop and individual believers were…

Source: Serbian Orthodox Church It is difficult to find an appropriate way to express the enthusiasm and gratitude for the great privilege of living in a time when our Church celebrates 800 years of its existence.  It is a unique event not only for our lifetime but for the history of our Church.  Today, we are not only talking about history, but we are living, and perhaps even creating history.  Not least today we should see ourselves as a link in the chain of many generations who left us the heritage to preserve, improve and pass on to future generations. …

Source: Orthodox Christianity [Lastva Grbaljska, Montenegro] – The Serbian Orthodox Church is equal to the ancient Churches of Jerusalem, Antioch, and Constantinople and the rest, and the Church of Christ does not divide along ethnic lines, His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro said at recent celebrations at the Podlastva Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God in Montenegro. Celebrating the 800th anniversary of the autocephaly of the Serbian Church and the 1,500th anniversary of the monastery on Saturday, September 28, His Holiness stated that “today is a great and blessed day. Eight…

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