His Holiness Irenej Patriarch of Serbia Visits Pantanassa Monastery

  • 03/12/2016

His Holiness Irenej Patriarch of Serbia

Visits Pantanassa Monastery

On Thursday 10 March, as part of His pastoral visit to Australia, His Holiness the Archbishop of Pech, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch Kyr Irinej visited Pantanassa Monastery. His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Dr Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and Exarch of the Throne of Pech, Bishop Irinej the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand, Protopresbyter Stojadin Pavlovic, Director of the Patriarchal Administerative Board, as well as Deacon Aleksandar Sekulic, Secretary of the Patriarchal Cabinet.

His Holiness was received with the traditional monastic welcoming service and at the end of the service Elder Eusebios welcomed His Holiness and thanked Him for visiting the Pantanassa Monastery, ‘These days with Your visit to Australia, all Orthodox Christians in this country, along with our Serbian brothers and sisters, as members of the one Orthodox Church, experience a great blessing and joy. A unique and magnificent occasion, since your presence, reminds us of an important ecclesiological teaching of our Church, the Lord in our midst. Living the presence of our Lord is the essence of Orthodox spirituality and the goal that we should all endeavour to experience, irrespective of one’s position in the Church, and Your presence, not only reminds us, but helps us to experience this divine gift, for You, as a canonical Orthodox Hierarch and more so as the head of the Serbian Orthodox people all over the world, stand in the place and image of our Lord. This is our joy! For this reason we, along with your people, celebrate. We deeply thank you Your Holiness for visiting our Monastery.’

His Holiness had lunch with the fathers of Pantanassa Monastery, planted a red cedar tree in the grounds of the monastery in commemoration of His visit and was given a tour of the new monastic complex. His Holiness was impressed by the new monastic complex and said that His visit to Australia would not have been complete if He had not visited the Monastery.

  • Photo 1 of 23Hiss Holiness Patriarch of Serbia Irenej arrives at Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 2 of 23His Holiness Irenej Patriarch of Serbia with Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and Bishop Irenej of Australia during the welcoming service in the chapel of Sts Isaac and Ephraim the Syrians at Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 3 of 23His Holiness Irenej Patriarch of Serbia presents Abbot Eusebios of Pantanassa Monastery with a commemorative gift

  • Photo 4 of 23His Holiness presents a gift to the Abbot of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 5 of 23The Abbot of Pantanassa Monastery presents a gift to His Holiness

  • Photo 6 of 23Elder Eusebios presents icon to His Holiness Patriarch Irenej of Serbia

  • Photo 7 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 8 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 9 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 10 of 23His Holiness asks Elder Stephanos how the monastery began

  • Photo 11 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 12 of 23Abbot Eusebios shows His Holiness the location of the new monastic complex

  • Photo 13 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 14 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 15 of 23His Holiness takes a group photo in front of the outdoor crucifix with Bishop Irenej of Australia and the brotherhood of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 16 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of the Pantanassa Monastery grounds

  • Photo 17 of 23His Holiness Patriarcch Irenej of Serbia plants a Red Cedar in memory of His visit to Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 18 of 23His Holiness is given a tour of the new Pantanassa Monastery complex

  • Photo 19 of 23His Holiness lights a candle at the new Pantanassa Monastery Church

  • Photo 20 of 23His Holiness chants a hymn in the new Pantanassa Monastery Church

  • Photo 21 of 23His Holiness in front of the new Pantanassa Monastery Church

  • Photo 22 of 23His Holiness fair wells the fathers of Pantanassa Monastery

  • Photo 23 of 23His Holiness fair wells the fathers of Pantanassa Monastery