Patriarch Irinej, born in 1930, was interred in a crypt planned as the resting place for all future heads of the Serbian Orthodox Church, located in the Church of St. Sava, in Belgrade's Vracar district, on Nov. 22.
Metropolitan of Dabar and Bosnia Hrizostom led the service, accompanied by multiple senior and other priests, and guests from other Orthodox churches. Eulogies were delivered by high-ranking members of the Church, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Several thousand faithful attended the funeral.
The Synod of the Church said in a press release that it would take over the duties of the patriarch, in line with the Church constitution, with Metropolitan Hrizostom, the highest in rank, presiding over it. From what could be seen in televised footage, most of the bishops and priests were not wearing masks.
International officials who sent their condolences included Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and European Union Delegation chief Sem Fabrizi.