Sermon preached for the 100th anniversary of St. Vitus' Day celebration at St. Paul's Cathedral (Marking British–Serbian friendship and alliance in the Great War) on Friday 14 October 2016 by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Sir Irinej
Most Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Right Reverend Lord Bishops, reverend fathers and venerable servants of our Lord Jesus Christ, your excellencies, highly esteemed and very dear brothers and sisters, Friends! In the name of trice Holy God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, let me offer our traditional greeting: Christ is in our midst!
On June 28th 1916, now Sainted Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović addressed a congregation gathered at St. Paul's Cathedral in London at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Gentlemen and friends,
I am coming from Serbia, from European "midnight". There is no ray of light, not a single trace. All the light went from the ground to the sky and the sky is the only place where the light is coming from. Nevertheless, we that are weak in everything are strong in faith and hope that dawn will soon arrive. I am grateful to Lord Archbishop, Randall Cantuar, that allowed me, on this holy day, Vidovdan, year of Our Lord 1916, in this beautiful church of Saint Paul, to address his majesty, King George V and the most prominent Englishmen.
His Holiness, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia and the delegation of Serbian Orthodox Church arrived today, 12th October 2016, in London on a scheduled Air Serbia flight.
Patriarch Irinej arrived here at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, so as to commemorate the centenary of the memorable Vidovdan speech made by St Nikolaj in St. Paul's Cathedral exactly one hundred years ago, during the difficult years of the First World War.