The wonderful Patriarch Irinej will be buried today in the crypt of the Temple of Saint Sava in Vracar.
Believers will not be able to kiss the patriarch or the ark, and citizens are being urged to wear masks and not wait too long while giving mail.
Detailed plan for the farewell of the great patriarch
Priests over the funeral of Patriarch Irinej read the Gospels until 9 o’clock when the liturgy began a holy requiem, which will be served by the Dabro-Bosnia Metropolitan Chrysostom, the current bishops and 16 priests.
At 11 o’clock it opened.
After the service in the extension of the liturgy, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, Chrysostom Metropolitan, Chairman of the Presidency of BiH and Elders of the Cathedral Church in Belgrade, Archpriest-Staurophore Petar Lukić, will say goodbye to the Patriarch.
After the sermons, the Patriarch’s remains will be lowered to the tomb in the crypt by priests from Belgrade.
9.00- The Holy Liturgy begins
The Holy Liturgy is served by the Dabro-Bosnia Metropolitan Chrysostom, the current bishops and 16 priests. A large number of citizens are present at the Saint Sava temple in Belgrade.
8.00 – Prime Minister Brnabić and Assembly President Dačić say goodbye to Patriarch Irinej
Prime Minister Ana Brnabić and National Assembly President Ivica Dačić arrived at the Temple of Saint Sava. Previously, came Nikola Selakovic, Marko Djuric, Nenad Popovic, Milos Vucevic, Zdravko Krivokapic, Prime Minister of Montenegro, and DF leaders Milan Knezevic and Andrija Mandic.
7.45 – The “Branko” choir, established in the Diocese of Nis, will sing at the funeral
The church singing company “Branko”, a choir founded in the Diocese of Nis 133 years ago, will sing today at the funeral of Patriarch Irinej. The patriarch himself decorated the choir with the Saint Sava Guild of the second degree, and they sang at the throne of two patriarchs – Paul and Irinej. The choir sang around the world, and since 2009, under the auspices of the patriarch, the choir “Branko” has hosted the international festival of spiritual music “Music Edict”.
7.15 – Traffic suspended around Saint Sava temple
Currently, the traffic in all side streets around the Saint Sava temple has been blocked. By the way, today, citizens will not be able to enter the temple of Saint Sava without a mask, otherwise distributed in front of the temple.
7.10 – Citizens came to the Temple of Saint Sava all night to pay tribute to Patriarch Irinej
During the whole night, the citizens paid their respects to Patriarch Irinej in the temple of Saint Sava. This continued early this morning, and the priests over the funeral of Patriarch Irinej read the Gospels.
The Holy Synod of Bishops informed the clergy, monasteries and the faithful that during the farewell prayer, they were strictly adhering to the measures prescribed by the competent authorities of the state because of the difficult epidemiological situation.
Patriarch Irinej Biography
Patriarch Irinej is the 56th head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, because they were first archbishops, beginning with Saint Sava, and the 45th is the patriarch, for whom he was elected on January 22, 2010, at the Serbian Orthodox Church Assembly in Belgrade.
He ascended the throne of the Church from the office of Bishop Nis, and in his introductory speech stated that he had no program of his own, but “the program of the Church”.
The head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilović), was born in the village of Vidova, near Čačak, in 1930 to his father Zdravko and his mother Milijana, whose baptismal name was Miroslav.
He finished elementary school in Vidovo, followed by high school in Čačak, the seminars in Prizren, and the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade. After completing his military service, he was appointed professor at Prizren’s seminars. Before taking up his post of teacher, in October 1959, in the monastery of Rakovica, he received the monastic position from a German Patriarch, receiving the name Irinej.
While serving as a teacher at Prizren’s Theological Seminary, he was sent to postgraduate studies in Athens. He was appointed director of the Monastic School in the monastery of Ostrog in 1969, where he returned to Prizren as rector of Prizren’s seminaries.
From that post, in 1974, he was elected patron of a (assistant) bishop of a bishop, with the title of bishop Moravica, and only a year later was elected bishop of Nis, where he served until his appointment n a patriarch.
At the time of his ascension to the patriarchal throne, about 40 temples were being built on the territory of the Diocese of Nis, with about the same number of churches being renovated. In 1998, for the first time in half a century, in spite of the glory of the temple of Nis Cathedral of Pentecost, a large liturgy was restored in the streets of Nis.
As the commander, he emphasized the importance of completing the work on the temple of Saint Sava for the Serbian and other Orthodox peoples.
The full title of the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church is His Holiness Archbishop Peja, Metropolitan Belgrade and Karlovac and the Serbian Patriarch, the flags are – panagia, scepter and white patriarchal pan.