On this day, the Saturday before Palm Sunday, we celebrate the fourth-day raising from the dead of Lazarus, the righteous friend of Christ.
Lazarus was a Hebrew, of the sect of the Pharisees and, as far as is known, he was the son of Simon the Pharisee, who dwelt in the village of Bethany. He became a friend of our Lord Jesus Christ when He sojourned on earth for the salvation of our race. For when Christ continually conversed with Simon, entering his house and discoursing on the resurrection from the dead, Lazarus was quite pleased with the genuineness of this teaching, and not only he, but also his two sisters, Martha and Mary.
On the occasion of the forthcoming radiant Feast-day of Resurrection of Christ, which Western Christians celebrate according to Western tradition (Paschalia), His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej has sent Easter greetings to the primates of non-Orthodox Churches: His Holiness Pope Francis of Rome, His Grace Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and the Presiding Bishop of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany His Grace Bishop Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm, as well as to dignitaries of other Protestant Churches in the world.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej congratulated most cordially the Feast-day of Resurrection of Christ to dignitaries and the faithful of traditional Churches and religious communities in Serbia: Roman Catholic Church, Slovak Evangelical Church in Serbia, Reformed Christian Church in Serbia and Methodist Church of Serbia.
His Holiness extended Easter greetings also to ecumenical and confessional bodies and organizations: World Council of Churches, Conference of European Churches, Lutheran World Council, Alliance of Reformed Churches, and other interchurch bodies and organizations.
The Editorial board of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church uses this opportunity to congratulate them the forthcoming bright holidays of the Resurrection of Christ with the joyful greeting:
Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
TO ALL THE HIERARCHS, CLERGY AND FAITHFUL
OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IN FATHERLAND, REGION AND ABROAD
It is Our Honour to inform you about a magnificent event of the transfer of the Holy Fire from the Holy City of Jerusalem to Belgrade, which is going to come from the Holy Land to our Fatherland Serbia, God permitting, on the eve of the Resurrection Day of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, i.e. in the evening on Holy and Great Saturday, April 11th, 2015.
Thou didst sever with the sword of abstinence the snares of the soul and the passion of the body, O righteous one. And by the silence of asceticism thou didst choke the sins of thought. And by the stream of thy tears thou didst water the whole wilderness, bringing forth for us the fruits of repentance. Wherefore, we celebrate thy memory.
-Vespers of the Feast
On the fifth Sunday of Lent, we commemorate St. Mary of Egypt. By her example, we are reminded of the extraordinary power of repentance and God’s mercy, by which even the greatest sinner may be transformed and sanctified.
On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana was in his first official visit to the newly elected President of the Republic of Croatia Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
Metropolitan Porfirije congratulated Mrs. Grabar-Kitarovic for the election as Presiden of the Republic and wished her a blessing of God and the success at this responsible duty. They both expressed a readiness for all neccessary cooperation, in the service of the common good of all citizens of the Republic of Croatia. Future regular meetings were also agreed, while President Grabar-Kitarovic and Metropolitan Porfirije, in the spirit of the Christian values, democratic principles and competencies, will be of service and help to each other.
Upon the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Larissa and Tirnava His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa visited the city of Larissa in Greece on 21 and 22 March 2015.
His Grace Bishop Irinej was accompanied by Bishop Jeronim of Jegar, Archimandrite Jovan Radosavljevic and Aleksandar Bilic, Diocesan clerk. On Saturday, 21 March, after the Vesper service, Bishop Irinej held a lecture on the topic The Meaning of fasting, particularly during the Great Lent at the church of Saint Nicholas the Myrrh-Gusher.