Saint Arsenije I Sremac


Saint Arsenije I Sremac

Arsenije Sremac (Serbian Cyrillic: Арсеније Сремац) or Arsenius (died 1266) was the second archbishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church (1233-1263) and a disciple of Saint Sava of Serbia.

Early life

St. Arsenije was born in Syrmia, in the village of Dabar, near Slankamen (today Stari Slankamen). The exact date of his birth is unknown. He took monastic vows, probably in St. Demetrius Monastery in today's Sremska Mitrovica. When he heard of St. Sava's work, he was impressed and left for the monastery of Žiča. He soon became St. Sava's disciple and his syncellos. He was appointed as the ecclesiarch of the monastery and later Archimandrite of Žiča, because of his religious life.

When Serbia was invaded by Hungary, St. Sava sent St. Arsenius to find a safer place in the south to establish a new episcopal See. Arsenius chose Pech, where he built a monastery and a church which was at first dedicated to the Holy Apostles, and then to the Lord's Ascension.

Archbishop

When St. Sava decided to abdicate, he decided that Arsenije would succeed him. Arsenije was consecrated bishop. He was able to continue in the work of his predecessor. He built Peć monastery and participated in the translation of St. Sava's sacred bones from Trnovo to the monastery of Mileševa. St. Arsenije crowned King Stefan Uroš I. He helped King Stefan Uroš I and Queen St. Helene in building the monasteries Sopoćani and Gradac.

He suffered a stroke in 1263, after which he was succeeded by Saint Sava II, nephew of Saint Sava. St. Arsenije died on October 28, 1266.

His relics were buried at the Pech monastery, but now rest in the Zhrebaonik, Montenegro. His feast day is celebrated according to the Orthodox liturgical calendar on October 28 (for those churches, such as the Serbian Orthodox Church, which follow the traditional Julian Calendar, October 28 falls on November 10 of the modern Gregorian Calendar).

External links

* [http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?FSID=103085 Repose of St Arsenius, Archbishop of Serbia] Orthodox icon and synaxarion


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