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One hundred years – restoration of the Serbian Patriarchate

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The celebration of the centenary of the restoration of the Serbian Patriarchate is taking place on 14 and 15 May 2022 in Sremski Karlovci.

The celebration began on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in the cathedral church “St. Nikolaj Mirlikijski ”with a ceremonial welcome to His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Porphyry and Serbian hierarchs, and from 5 pm the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church will celebrate the evening with a hymn.

Patriarch Porphyry then opened a multimedia exhibition at the famous Patriarchal Palace in Sremski Karlovci, entitled “A Century of the Restoration of the Serbian Patriarchate 1920-2020”.

According to Deacon Vladimir Radovanovic, director of the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the most important insignia depicting the patriarchal dignity of the Serbian Orthodox Church are on display: the Panagia of Serbian Saints from 1923, originally designed by architects Pero J. Popovic and Uros. Predic; the miter of the twelve apostles, the episcopal scepter with which Patriarch Demetrius was enthroned, as well as his hierarchical robes.

The old canopy patriarchal throne, which was located in the throne room of the Patriarchal Palace in Sremski Karlovci, has been reconstructed.

Paintings by prominent Serbian artists will be on display on this exceptional occasion. Among them, the most representative are the portraits of Patriarch Arseniy III Charnoevich and Patriarch Arseniy IV Jovanovic Shakabenta, the painting of Jovo Vasilievich from 1744 and the painting of Uros Predic from 1906.

The exhibition also includes the throne cross of King Stefan Dusan from the Treasury of the Visoki Decani Monastery and the most important exhibits from the Museum of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade, several manuscripts, printed books and other artifacts. The authors of the exhibition are Deacon Vladimir Radovanovic, Vladislav Kasalitsa and Dr. Milana Matic.

On Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 8.30 am, Patriarch Porphyry led the Holy Hierarch’s Liturgy in the cathedral church “St. Nikolai Mirlikiiski ”. After the service, the Patriarchal Palace will host the first festive meeting, attended by members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

At 12.00 in the town square in front of the Patriarchal Palace and the Cathedral will be held a festive academy, which will be opened by reading the message prepared by the Council of Bishops on the occasion of the great anniversary.

Prominent church choirs, the best Serbian actors, cultural and artistic societies and students from the Theological Seminary “St. Arseniy” in Sremski Karlovci are expected to perform on the occasion.

Source: Serbian Orthodox Church

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