Podgorica, March 1, 2022
Thousands of Orthodox faithful took to the streets in the capital city of Montenegro on Sunday in honor of one of the greatest Serbian saints—St. Symeon the Myrrh-Gusher.
The hierarchical Divine Liturgy and cross procession on this day is a traditional event in the native land of Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja—the ancestor of the medieval Serbian dynasty who eventually abdicated his throne and became a monk on Mt. Athos, taking the name Symeon. Together with his son, St. Sava, the first Archbishop of the Serbian Church, he restored Hilandar monastery, the Athonite cradle of the Serbian Church.
The Divine Liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije of Montenegro together with nine other hierarchs, including His Grace Bishop Sava of the Georgian Church in America, and numerous clergy, the Serbian Church reports.
After the Liturgy, a procession took place through the streets of Podgorica, at the end of which a special message was read out about the significance of St. Symeon for the Serbian people and the unity of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
“For us, this unity represents the covenant that we accepted from our ancestors, and which, with God’s help, we will keep with all our being as the greatest sanctity we will bequeath to our descendants,” the message emphasizes.
A 75-ft. high monument to St. Symeon was installed in Belgrade last year.
Watch a video of the Liturgy: