Official visit of the Serbian Patriarch - day two
Friday 14th October 2016The official visit of His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci, Patriarch of Serbia at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury continued today at Lambeth Palace.
The visit has been an occasion of significant conversation and warm fellowship between them and their delegations, which signals a renewal of the longstanding and close relationship between the Church of England and the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The two delegations reflected together among other things, on the spiritual life of our churches; our work with young people, the poor and refugees; the problems of modern society; the renewal of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the household as the place of spiritual nurture and devotion, following the collapse of communism.
His Grace and His Holiness discussed tangible ways of expressing the renewal of relationships in better communications and exchange of people in the areas in which both churches are called by God to serve their people. Progress will be determined but measured.
His Holiness will be going to St Paul’s Cathedral later today to preach at a service of Evensong, in celebration of the centenary of the sermon of St Nicolai Velimirovic in St Paul’s in the darkest days of the First World War.
From there His Holiness will continue his visit with engagements with the Serbian Orthodox Church in Britain.