Eparchial (Diocesan) News
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served last night at 11,30 pm an act of thanksgiving at the beginning of New Year in the Memorial Cathedral of St. Sava on Vracar in a presence of many pious people who fulfilled the Cathedral and the Vracar plateau. The traditional fireworks marked the beginning of New Year 2011.
One cannot but be humbled by the dedication and service of the many volounteers who give selflessly of their time to the God-given task of building St. Sava College. The building industry in Sydney has been in turmoil over the past several months because of bad weather, but a group of dedicated Serbian carpenters is hopeful that they will soon complete the installation of roof beams and braces enabling the tiling of the College roof.
On the third day of Christmas, the feast day of Saint Stephen the Archdeacon was celebrated in all churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church and in Orthodox homes in which this saint is celebrated as their patron. Especially solemn was in St. Stephen the Archdeacon monastery in Slanci where His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in a presence of thousand believers from all parts of Serbia.
Central Christmas celebration in Kosovo and Metohija was held in Prizren, the seat of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren. The Christmas Liturgy in a restored Cathedral church of St. George was served by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren with the concelebration of twelve priests. Today's solemn church service was attended by vice president of Serbian Government Bozidar Djelic and about 150 believers from Prizren suburbs.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served at midnight the Divine Liturgy in St. Sava's Cathedral on Vrachar.
The Christmas Eve in Belgrade was solemnly celebrated at the plateau in front of the St. Sava Memorial Cathedral on Vracar, where after the feast day's vigil service, which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, the Yule log was placed on fire in the presence of lmany pious believers.