Month: November, 2020

Letter of condolences on the death of Patriarch IRINEJ.


The presidents of the Associations representing the Serbian and Montenegrin minority in Shkodra, St. “Jovan Vladimir” and “Moraca-Rozafa” have sent a letter of condolence to the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tirana on the occasion of the death of Patriarch Irinej
The letter sent by the president of the association “St. Jovan Vladimir” Mr. Zoran Hajkoja -Ajkovic states: “With a huge sadness, we received the sad news of the death of His Holiness the Archbishop of Peja, the Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and the Patriarch of Serbia Mr. IRINEJ. This is a huge loss not only for our Serbian people, but also for the entire Orthodox Church. We had the great honor to welcome him together with Metropolitan Amfilohije on a visit to the “Holy Trinity” church in Vrake, in May 2014. It was the only visit in the recent history of a Serbian Patriarch in Shkodra, and we are witnesses of that unforgettable visit. Patriarch IRINEJ will remain in our thoughts and hearts as a man of deep faith and a confessor of Orthodoxy.
May His memory be eternal!”
While the condolence letter the president of the Moraca-Rozafa association Mr. Pavlo Jakoja-Brajovic writes: “On behalf of the association of the Serbo-Montenegrin minority “Moraca-Rozafa” we express our condolences for the death of the Serbian Patriarch IRINEJ. With regret we received the bad news of the death of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej. This is very sad news for all Serbs and Orthodox believers. We express our condolences to the Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church to the clergy, and all the Orthodox believers.
May God and the angels keep us in the kingdom of heaven!”

Patriarch IRINEJ passes away.


Patriarch IRINEJ passes awayThe Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Irinej, passed away yesterday at the Belgrade Military Hospital in Karaburma, where he was hospitalized due to COVID-19 infection, as his health condition deteriorated. Recall that Patriarch Irinej has been hospitalized earlier on November 4th because of COVID-19 infection. Three days earlier, at the funeral of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro at the Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Podgorica, Patriarch Irinej celebrated the holy liturgy. In January on this year, the Serbian Orthodox Church marked the 60th anniversary of its monastic service, 45 years of episcopal service and 10 years in its heading position. On that occasion, Irinej had stated that “we live in a time when it is not easy to be in a high position, so it is not easy to be a patriarch”, but that he tried and did everything within his competencies to lead the Church on the right path. Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilović) was born in 1930 in the village of Vidovi near Çačak. He completed the primary school in his native village, and then the high school in the town of Cacak. After graduation from the Prizren seminary, he continued his studies at the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade, where he graduated. After completing his military service, he was appointed as deputy (professor) of the Prizren seminary. Before taking office as a professor inOctober 1959, at the Rakovica Monastery, he received the rank of Patriarch from the Serbian Patriarch German, taking the monastic name Irinej. On Holy Friday of the same year, he was ordained in the hiero-monarch in the church of Ružica in Kalemegdan.While serving as a professor at the Theological Seminary of Prizren, he continued his postgraduate studies in Athens. From there, he was appointed as director of the Monastic School at the Ostrog Monastery in 1969; he later returned to Prizren to the position of rector of the famous seminary. From that position, in 1974, he was elected vicar of the Serbian patriarch with the title of bishop of Moravica, while in 1975 was elected as the bishop of Nis.He ascended the throne of St. Sava in late January 2010, in the Belgrade Cathedral, as the 45th head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and he was later enthroned in the Patriarchate of Peja. Serbian Patriarch Irinej turned 90 in August of this year. On this occasion, he was congratulated by the head of the Russian, Romanian and Czech Orthodox Churches, by Pope Francis, as well as by the two presidents – of Serbia and Russia, and from the Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic.For us, the Serbian-Montenegrin community living in the centuries-old hearths in Shkodra, the visit he made, on May 31, 2014, will remain indelible in our memory. In 2014, for the first time in history, a Serbian patriarch visited the church of the “Holy Trinity” in Vraka nearShkodra. During this visit, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej was accompanied by the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Coast, Mr. Amfilohije and the Metropolitan of Berat, Mr. Ignatius of the Albanian Orthodox Church. Upon entering the temple, His Holiness the Patriarch of Serbia Mr. Irinej, was greeted by the Metropolitan of Berat, Mr. Ignatius, on behalf of the Holy Synod of the Albanian Orthodox Church and His Beatitude, the Archbishop of Tirana Mr. Anastas, who thanked the Serbian Patriarch for coming to Albania and for participating in the spiritual celebrations in Vraka and Tirana.After welcoming the believers, Patriarch Irinej said on this occasion that “This is a great gift and grace of God for me to visit this wonderful land, to visit this wonderful church, and you brothers and sisters belonging to the Holy Orthodox Church, a large Orthodox family. I comeon behalf of our Holy Serbian Orthodox Church to greet and convey the greetings of the Church and our people to you who live here in this area. We are a large, Christian Orthodox family, and no matter what countries we live in, we are a spiritual family and our goal is to draw closer to and unite with our Lord. When we are united with God, then we are close to each other. You live in this blessed country, Orthodox, Catholics and Muslim brothers live here, even though we belong to different religions, we are the people of God. God created us all and we are all obliged and called to praise God in the way faith teaches us. Keep the Holy Orthodox Faith. From the past until today, and we hope that in the future as well, our holy church will exist here, that it will proclaim the truth of the Holy Gospel and that it will teach us to pray to the Lord and to respect and honor one another – as God wills. I wish you all the goodness and blessings of the Lord, through this wonderful holy temple, to bestow upon yourfamilies and your children and upon all of you who approach the Lord in the holy temple with faith and love. May the blessing of God accompany you all the days of your life! Amen, God save us “, said His Holiness Patriarch Irinej in his sermon.After the death of Metropolitan Amfilohije, this is a great loss for the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Serbian people and Christianity as a whole.

Representatives of the Serbian and Montenegrin communities in Shkodra bid farewell to His Holiness Metropolitan Amfilohije Radovic.


On Sunday, November 1, representatives of the Serbian and Montenegrin community associations in Shkodra attended the funeral dedicated to His Grace Metropolitan Amfilohije in Podgorica. To pay tribute to the highest clergyman in Montenegro, the president of the association “St. Jovan Vladimir” association Mr. Zoran Hajkoja-Ajkovic accompanied by its secretary Mr. Viktor Mishcenko did participate. On the other hand, the association of the Serbo-Montenegrin national minority was represented by its chairperson Mr. Pavlo Jakoja-Brajovic accompanied by the secretary Mr. Artur Popaj-Popovic and activists Ymer Ymeri-Stankovic, Veselin Matanovic, Edmir Piranic and Gani Mucmeraj. The Metropolitan of Montenegro, Amfilohije, passed away on October 30 at the Clinical Hospital Center of Montenegro at 8.20 am.
On Friday, October 30, 2020, at 8:20 am, at the Clinical Hospital Center of Montenegro, after receiving the Holy Sacrament of Communion, the Most Holy Archbishop of Cetinje, the Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije, passed away”, is written on the official website of the Metropolitan of Cetinje.
He was cured at the Clinical Hospital Center of Montenegro in Podgorica, where he was hospitalized on October 6 due to the deterioration of his condition caused by the coronavirus. Although he had resulted negative for the coronavirus for 10 days, he had pneumonia and his health suddenly deteriorated a few days ago, despite the tremendous efforts of the entire medical team.
The death of His Grace is a great loss for the Serbian church and all the Orthodox believers. Metropolitan Amfilohije has given a great help for the organization and celebration of Orthodox religious holidays and has visited our community in Shkoder many times, delivering messages of peace and harmony. Under His blessing since 1992 for almost 30 years Christmas Easter and other holidays of the Orthodox believers have been organized and celebrated in Shkoder and Vraka.
With His blessing, annual scholarships have been awarded to our minority students, regardless of religion, who are pursuing higher studies at Belgrade universities.
May His memory be eternal! May he rest in peace!

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