The earthly remains of the late Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Amfilohije, were buried in the crypt of the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection in Podgorica on November 1, reports the website of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Patriarch Irinej presided over the funeral service with the concelebration of several bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and other local Orthodox Churches.
Although the procession with Metropolitan’s coffin left Cetinje at 1 pm, it arrived to the Podgorica church of the Resurrection of Christ at around 2:30 pm because people had been waiting on their knees for their pastor and spiritual father all the way, once again connecting the Holy Throne of Cetinje metropolitans with the Podgorica shrine where the Metropolitan may find his eternal rest.
The coffin with the Metropolitan’s earthly remains was carried through thousands of people, who crowded the church-yard, and brought to the Church of Christ’s Resurrection, where the faithful could say farewell to their archpastor who had been on the throne of St. Peter of Cetinje for 30 years.
The Bishop of Budimlye-Niksic and administrator of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Coastlands Joanikije said that the arrival of the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic to attend the funeral of Metropolitan Amfilohije was a good impulse to start fostering closer relations between Serbia and Montenegro.