His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Saint Nicholas in Zemun on the Lord’s feast-day of Theophany, 19 January 2017. (photo gallery). - A great number of swimmers were competing for the Holy Cross in the icy waters of the Danube
Following the Liturgy where the Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archdioceses of Belgrade-Karlovac, he performed the solemn rite of the Blessing of water.
His Holiness Irine, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade on the feast day of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, January 18th, 2017.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Cathedral church. At the end of the Liturgy, Serbian Patriarch served the rite of the Great Blessing of Waters and held a sermon.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Aleksandar Vulin, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday, on January 16th, 2017.
The reception was attended by Mr. Dragan Makojevic, Director of the Charity Organization of the Serbian Orthodox Church “Philanthropy”. They deliberated continuation of the successful cooperation of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy with the Foundation “Philanthropy” that has operated with the blessing and support of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as possibilities of an investment into social welfare institutions. In addition, Patriarch Irinej and Minister Vulin discussed about the position of the Serbian people in Kosovo and Metohija and the current migrant crisis.
Children’s Choir in the crypt of St. Sava
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, upon the invitation of the brotherhood of the Saint Sava Cathedral, a Christmas and New Year’s Concert of the Children’s Choir “Branko” from Nis was held in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava in the district of Vracar on Sunday, 15 January 2017.
On the feast-day of the Nativity of Christ His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje Jovan celebrated in the Stauropegial monastery of Saint John Chrysostom in Nizepolje, Bitola.
His Grace Bishop of Polog-Kumanovo and Locum Tenens of Debar-Kicevo Joakim celebrated the Holy Liturgy in Kumanovo, while His Grace Bishop of Bregalnica and Locum Tenens of Bitola Marko officiated in Stip. It was in Skopje that His Grace Bishop of Stobi and Locum Tenens of Strumica David celeb rated the festal Divine Liturgy. Christmas liturgies were performed aso in other churches of the Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid as well.
The feast of the Nativity of the Christ Child was solemnly celebrated at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Milton.
On eve of the feast, Badnje Vece, the church was filled with the faithful people who came from all over south Ontario that in joy they begin the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.