On Sunday, the 12th/25th of September 2016, the church dedicated to St John Vladimir, who suffered a martyr’s death in 1017, was officially inaugurated. The ceremony coincided with the 1000th anniversary of the death of St John. The church was constructed upon the inspiration, supervision and care of Metropolitan Amfilohije Radovic of Montenegro.
The Church stands magnificently in the centre of Bar as a testimony to Orthodoxy which has survived in Montenegro in spite of past and present adversities. On the inside, the decoration of the church as well as the building materials are indeed remarkable, as the praying faithful exclaim “akin to a brightly-lit sky, the Church illuminates all the pious as we cry to the Lord, make this house solid”. (More…)
On Friday, the 10th/23rd of September 2016, His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem began His visit to Serbia-Montenegro, accompanied by the Elder Secretary-General, Archbishop Aristarchos of Constantina, Archbishop Makarios of Qatar and Archdeacon Markos, departing from Ben Gurion airport via El Al airlines.
The Patriarch responded to the invitation of H.B. Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and Metropolitan Amfilohije Radovic of Montenegro to participate in the Inter-Orthodox celebrations on the 1000th anniversary from the martyr’s death by decapitation, in 1016, of St John Vladimir, ruler of Zeta and Duklja, honoured by the Orthodox for his many miracles. Dedicated to his memory, a church has recently been inaugurated in the city of Bar, Montenegro. (More…)
Between the 10th/23rd of September 2016 and the 13th/26th of September 2016, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem, participated in the Inter-Orthodox celebrations on the 1000th anniversary of the martyr’s death, in the year 1016, of St John Vladimir, ruler of the city of Zeta and Duklja.
From the Secretariat-General
On Thursday, the 9th/22nd of September 2016, the Patriarchate commemorated the Gathering of the Holy Parents of Theotokos, Sts Joachim and Anne, at the Monastery dedicated to their name, on the site of their house, adjacent to the city walls and Lions Gate or St Stephens Gate. By “Gathering” we mean the coming together of us the faithful in order to honour their memory as parents of Theotokos, nurturer of our lives. (More…)
On Wednesday the 8th/21st of September 2016, the feast of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos was observed by the Patriarchate in commemoration of the fact that God had offered Mary as a gift to her barren parents, Joachim and Anna, for their fervent faith and prayer; but also as a gift to humanity as a whole, for she was destined to bear the Son of God, the Redeemer and Saviour of the world.
The feast was observed:
A. In the Patriarchate
At the Monastic Church of Sts Constantine and Helen, His Beatitude Theophilos and Hagiotaphite Fathers being in attendance. (More…)