Eparchial (Diocesan) News
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.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on the Christmas Eve, the Divine Liturgy in the Belgrade Cathedral Church. The Service of God, during which His Holiness ordained deacon Igor Lukic a presbyter, was also present His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan.