On September 25, 2022, an event of voluntary blood donation was held in the Orthodox churches of Serbia. His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije of Serbia, clergymen and the faithful donated their blood for the needs of hospitals, reports rts.rs.
According to the message, seven visiting teams of the Blood Transfusion Institute worked in five churches in Belgrade, Obrenovac and in the Kaon Monastery in the name of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel of the Šabac diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
“The Orthodox Church is one of the most important institutions in our country, and cooperation with churches throughout Serbia has been going on for many years,” said Ivana Rodic from the Blood Transfusion Institute.
The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church donated blood in the parish house of St. Sava Church in Vracar. Among blood donors were Patriarch Porfirije, Bishop Stefan of Remesian, and numerous parishioners of the capital’s churches of St. Sava, the Holy Martyr John Vladimir, the Holy Prince Alexander Nevsky and St. Nicholas Church in Zemun.
“It is not the first time that our Church organizes and supports such charitable events. We, Christians, live in the Church, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ, and are called to love each other and the whole world with the love of Christ. And with this event of voluntary blood donation we help those who need blood, support them in their struggle for life. Such undertakings in the Church form people of love, such solidarity is one of the fundamental values of a humane society,” Patriarch Porfirije said and encouraged “everyone who is able to take part in such events to help their neighbors in this way.”
According to Dragan Karan, Associate Professor at the Orthodox Theology Department at the University of Belgrade, blood donation is an expression of true Christianity, love, life and coexistence.
Earlier it was reported that Patriarch Porfirije donated blood “to help doctors, heirs of the holy Apostle Luke.”
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