Repose of St Arsenius the Archbishop of Serbia

Commemorated on October 28

Saint Arsenius, Archbishop of Pec, was born in Srem. He spent a large part of his life as a monk at the Zhicha monastery under the spiritual direction of Saint Sava (January 14). Because of his strict ascetic life, Saint Sava made him the igumen of the monastery.

When Serbia was invaded by Hungary, Saint Sava sent Saint Arsenius to find a safer place in the south for a new episcopal See. Arsenius chose Pec, where he built a monastery and a church which was dedicated to the Holy Apostles, and then to the Lord’s Ascension.

Before leaving for Jerusalem, Saint Sava designated Arsenius as his successor.

In 1223, Saint Sava died in Trnovo on the way home, and Saint Arsenius urged King Vladislav to bring his body home for burial in Serbia. After thirty-three years of wisely guiding his flock, Saint Arsenius fell asleep in the Lord in the year 1266. His relics were buried at the Pec monastery, but now rest in the Zhrebaonik, Montenegro.

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