Serbian Patriarch visited Diocese of Timok

Serbian Patriarch visited Diocese of Timok
Serbian Patriarch visited Diocese of Timok
Serbian Patriarch visited Diocese of Timok
Serbian Patriarch visited Diocese of Timok

On the radiant Feast of Resurrection of Christ, April 20th, 2014, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej visited the Diocese of Timok (Eastern Serbia). In front of the church of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God in Zajecar a solemn welcome was organized: Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by Bishop Justin of Timok with clergy, monks and the faithful people.

Patriarch Irinej thanked the Bishop for the welcome speech. Then a reception was held in honor of the Patriarch and his entourage at the Diocesan Centre in Zajecar.

Great and Holy Friday

According to the New Testament, Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane by the Temple Guards through the guidance of his disciple, Judas Iscariot. Judas received money for betraying Jesus. He told the guards that whomever he kisses is the one they are to arrest. Jesus was brought to the house of Annas, who is the father-in-law of the current high priest, Caiaphas. There he is interrogated with little result, and sent bound to Caiaphas the high priest, where the Sanhedron had assembled (John 18:1-24).

Conflicting testimony against Jesus is brought forth by many witnesses, to which Jesus answers nothing. Finally the high priest adjures Jesus to respond under solemn oath, saying "I adjure you, by the Living God, to tell us, are you the Anointed One, the Son of God?" Jesus testifies in the affirmative, "You have said it, and in time you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Almighty, coming on the clouds of Heaven." The high priest condemns Jesus for blasphemy, and the Sanhedron concurs with a sentence of death (Matthew 26:57-66). Peter also denies Jesus three times during the interrogations. Jesus already knew that Peter would deny him three times.