On Tuesday, June 28th, His Grace Bishop Irinej celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. Concelebrating with Bishop Irinej was the Protopresbyter Vasilije Vranic, while Protonamesnik Miroslav Lazarevic led the chanters in rendering the responses to the Liturgy. Both members of the wider Orthodox community and the diplomatic corps gathered together with the parishioners to welcome the Bishop and be edified by his famed and inspiring sermons.
In his Vidovan homily, Bishop Irinej spoke about this unique Serbian holy day, commemorating the 1389 Battle of Kosovo and its ensuing ethos, as a day of contrasts: of martyrdom and joy, of sacrifice and praise, defeat and victory – the Golgotha and resurrection of the Serbian people. Putting on the armor of Christ (Eph. 6:10-20), the Serbian army led by Prince Lazarus, in the words of St. Nicholai of Zhicha, marched toward their enemy and faced death to gain life. The light of Kosovo carried the faithful through a 500-year Ottoman occupation and continues to radiate brightly to this day.
Following the Divine Liturgy, His Grace spent an enjoyable afternoon in conversation with the members of the parish. In the evening hours, His Grace met with members of the business community from Washington, D.C. and Belgrade.