The Eulogy from Bishop Maxim at the funeral of Hierarch Atanasije in the Trebinje Cathedral
March 6th, 2021
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.”
Gospel of St. John 6:48-54
If we ask ourselves which gospel words best fit this liturgical commemoration in front of the coffin of the unforgettable Bishop Atanasije, then these are precisely the words of the Lord from today’s Gospel.
Your Eminence, Most reverend hierarchs, honorable choir of presbyters and deacons, and pious fullness of the Church,
If there is a moment in time when these words of the Lord take on full meaning, then it is this present moment of the Divine Eucharist. Through the synergy of the Holy Spirit, the celebration of the Metropolitan of Dabro-Bosnia, the concelebration of hierarchs, presbyters and deacons, the participation of the people of the local Church and those who have come from afar, we have become “one flesh, for we all partake of the one bread” (1 Cor 10: 16-17).