New Year's Concert of the Cathedral Church devoted to Patriarch Pavle
On the day when the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrated three holidays - Circumcision of our Lord, New Year and Saint Basil the Great, January 14, 2010, the Cathedral Church in Belgrade dedicated its traditional New Year's Concert at the National Theater to the memory of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose.
The Holy Liturgy was on that day served at the Cathedral church by His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno (Rakita), with the priests of the Cathedral church. A fervent prayer was served for a successful and God blessed year 2010, in the presence of catechists of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac. St. Basil the Great is the Patron saint of the First Belgrade Singing Society (PBPD), the Cathedral church choir, which is under the auspices of the highest protection of the Patriarch of Serbia. This oldest choir in Serbia celebrated its Patron Saint's day for the 157th time in history. Bishop Atanasije blessed and cut the slava cake with the clergy and the members of the First Belgrade Singing Society.
This concert of spiritual and national creativity the Cathedral church dedicated for the second time to His Holiness Patriarch Pavle. Besides the First Belgrade Singing Society, there were also a few famous actors, children choirs, musicians and music groups. Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno blessed this solemn meeting, and the head of the Cathedral church, protopresbyter-staurophor Petar Lukic, at the end gave a appropriate sermon on His Holiness, also evoking some personal memories of him.
The direct broadcast of the concert was provided by the TV station Studio B. This event was attended by a large number of distinguished guests, representatives of the diplomatic corps, government officials, associates, academics, professors, cultural and public workers, donors and benefactors of the Cathedral Church, as well as guests from abroad.