Dimitrije (Pavlovic) of Serbia

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His Holiness Dimitrije (Pavlović)(Његова светост Димитрије патријарх српски) was first Patriarch of all Serbs after 1766.

Early life

He was born in Požarevac 1846, into family of Stojan and Milosava Pavlović. He finished primary and high school in Belgrade. He graduated in Old Seminary in Belgrade 1868. He was teacher until 1870, when he is ordained presbyter and chaplan in Lapovo.

Becoming widover 1873, he continued his education in Belgrade University (in this times Grand School) . He graduated from philology. Fr. Dimitrije was teacher in Belgrade Seminary from 1878 to 1884.

November 8, 1884, he is elected Bishop of Niš, as part of so-called uncanonical hierarchy. He remained this see until 1898. When Metropoliten Mihilo came back in Serbia, all bishops from uncanonical hierarchy retiered their sees. Bishop Dimitrije left for France wher he was continued his studies.

Bp. Dimitrije came back in Serbia 1899, and became State advisor and later Bishop of Šabac. He was elected Metropolitan of Belgrade and Kingdom of Serbia August 19, 1905. He was forced to leave Serbia together with King, Governmant, Serbian army. He returned in Serbia 1918 with victorios forces of Fieldmarschal Petar Bojović and Regent Aleksandar.


After all Serbian Church units were unified, Metropolitan Dimitrije was elected "Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch". His enthronement took place October 31, 1930. During his tenure were created three new Dioceses (Češko-moravska, Bihaćko-petrovačka and Američko-Kanadska) , and reestablished one old (Braničevska). He conecrated 16 new bishops.

He also opened Patriarchal Printing House in Rakovica Monastery. Archimandrite Platon (future hyeromartyr) helped him. Patriarch Dimitrije wrote Service to "Saint Stefan the Despot" 1927, whom he canonised.

He was also translator from Church-Slavonic. He is Author of one the best translations of Hilandar Typikon. He established "Bogoslovlje" magazine of Orthodox Theological Faculty in Belgrade. Patriarch Dimitrije fuonded Fondation for support of orphans of priests.

He is Founder of Churches of Saint Demetrius in Ratkovići (where he was teacher), and of Holy Mother of God in Belgrade. Patriarch Dimitrije died April 6, 1930 in Belgrade. He was buried in Rakovica Monastery, by his own wish.

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Dimitrije (Pavlovic) of Serbia
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Bishop of Niš
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Bishop of Šabac
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Metropolitan of Belgrade and Kingdom of Serbija
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himself as Patriarch
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Patriarch of Serbia
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