The Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church has decided to definitely accept the proposal according to which the election of the new patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church should be held in the crypt of the Temple of Saint Sava in Vracar. In addition, it was decided that the archbishops who will participate in the election of the new head of the Serbian Orthodox Church will be accommodated together in the “Hilton” hotel in the center of Belgrade, Nova.rs has learned.
According to the sources of Nova.rs from the Patriarchate, this decision of the Synod represents a double precedent.
First of all, according to our interlocutor, the election of the patriarch will be done for the first time not only outside the patriarchal assembly hall, but also the Patriarchate itself.
“Also, the archbishops who will participate in the election for the first time will not be accommodated in cells, but this time they will have luxury rooms at the” Hilton “at their disposal. It is, as it is known, one of the most luxurious hotels in the capital. It is assumed that the location was chosen also because it is located in the immediate vicinity of the Temple “, he says.
According to our interlocutor, the hotel for the accommodation of the bishops was chosen by the Bishop of Bačka Irinej Bulović and the Bishop of Šumadija Jovan. However, the decision on the Hilton and the Temple as the place of election of the patriarch was not made unanimously.
“A group of bishops sent a letter to the Synod a few days ago, protesting against the proposal to hold the Council outside the Patriarchate and for the bishops to be accommodated in a hotel. The Holy Synod of Bishops is above the Synod and will therefore decide at the beginning of the session. On the other hand, it should be pointed out that Bishop Chrysostom of Dabro-Bosnia, who until the election of the patriarch was the successor to the SOC throne, was the only member of the Synod who was against the election of the head outside the Patriarchate and the bishops being accommodated in a hotel “, says our interlocutor.
We remind you that the election for the new patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church will be held on February 18 in Belgrade. The assembly, which is planned for May, was postponed after the death of Patriarch Irinej in November last year. According to Nova.rs, the most serious candidates for the SOC throne are Bishop Joanikije of Budva-Niksic, Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Bishop Irinej Bulovic of Bačka, Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka and Metropolitan Chrysostom of Dabro-Bosnia.
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