Visit by Patriarch Irinej

Dear brothers and sisters and all people of good will,
 
It is with great joy that we announce the visit of the First Hierarch of our holy Serbian Orthodox Church to the diocese of Great Britain and Scandinavia, the deanery of Britain and Ireland and the cities of London and Birmingham from 12th to 18th October 2016.
 
His Holiness with other members of the Holy Synod arrives at the invitation of the Anglican church and Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Justin Welby, in order to mark the centenary of the memorable speech in St. Paul’s Cathedral, made at Anglican invitation by Saint Bishop Nikolaj during the difficult years of the First World War. Saint Bishop Nikolaj’s speech at that place represented the first occasion on which a non-Anglican had ever been honoured by invitation to speak at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
 
The schedule of the visit by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and the delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church to Great Britain is the following:
 
WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER
 
Arrival of Patriarch and delegation of SOC to London  
18.00 Doxology – Welcome of Patriarch Iriney in the church of St. Sava
18.30-19.30 Reception with drinks and canapes in the Bishop Nikolay hall (free entrance)
 
FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER
 
17.00 Patriarch’s Sermon in St Pauls Cathedral
His Holiness Patriarch Ireney of Serbia will deliver his own sermon during Vespers in St Paul’s Cathedral (St. Pauls Cathedral, St. Pauls Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD) at the same place where St Nikolay delivered his famous sermon a hundred years ago (free entrance)
 
SATURDAY 15 OCTOBER
 
10.00 Holy Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in the church of St Sava in London in the presence of several bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and other orthodox churches
13.00 Festive Lunch in St Nikolaj hall: you can buy tickets in the St Sava Church or by contacting the church office ([email protected], 020 7727 8367)
19.00 Charitable Concert of Nikola Mijailovic in Warren House, Richmond (http://spclondon.org/en/news/270-opera-evening-october-2016)
 
SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER
 
10.00 Holy Patriarchal Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Great Martyr Lazar in Birmingham
14.00 Festive Lunch
Cultural and artistic programme
 
TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER

Return to Belgrade
 
Diocese of Great Britain and Scandinavia
The Deanery of GB and Ireland
The London Parish