BELGRADE: February 7, 2006

Bishop Peter of Cleveland Performs a Pilgrimage Through the Holy Sites of the Serbian Orthodox Church


With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus, His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland visited the holy sites of the Serbian land from January 21-28. His Grace was warmly greeted by His Holiness the Patriarch, the reverend archpastors, clergy and faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Besides the churches and holy sites of the capital , Bishop Peter visited Sremsky Karlovtsi, where with the blessing of their Holinesses the Patriarchs of Serbia, the 1 st and 2 nd All-Diaspora Councils were held. Also visited were the monasteries of Krusedol, Novoje Hopovo and \

On Monday, January 23, His Grace was received by His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, who relayed his greeting to His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus with best wishes for health and God's assistance.

On January 26, Bishop Peter prayed during all-night vigil along with Bishop Jovan of Sumadija at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Jagodina, and the following morning, he participated in Divine Liturgy at Holy Dormition Cathedral in Kragujevac. That day, Bishop Peter, returning to Belgrade, participated in an event honoring St Savva of Serbia, attended by bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, President Vojislav Kostunic of Serbia, clergymen and the faithful.

The following day, Bishop Peter departed for Germany, where Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany gave His Grace the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, which has been visiting the parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in his diocese since last fall. The Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, as the icon is known, was then taken by His Grace Vladyka back to the USA.