His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Vicar of Patriarch of Serbia, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on Easter Tuesday, in the Vavedenje Monastery, on Senjak, on behalf and with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, on April 5, 2010 at the Belgrade Cathedral Church the Easter concert of Children's choirs was held in an organization of the First Belgrade Singing Society. The concert was blessed and attended by His Holiness Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the Vicar of Patriarch of Serbia.
At the concert the Children choir of the Belgrade Singing Society (the conducter Emilija Milin) and the Children choir of the church singing society Branko from Nish (the conducter Jovana Mikic). In the program there were works of Serbian, Russian and Greek authors of the orthodox choral music.
The most joyous Christian holiday - Ressurection of Our Lord, in the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac was celebrated with the Divine Liturgy served at midnight and on Sunday morning, in the churches full of pious people of the Serbian capital - the people eager to meet the Ressurected Lord through receiving Sacrament.
In the Cathedral church in Belgrade, His Grace Bishop Atanasije, Vicar of Patriarch, in the presence and with blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with a beginning at 9am. His Grace Bishop was concelebrated by priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin sent Easter greetings to the nation as Russian Orthodox Church prepared to celebrate one of the holiest days in its calendar Sunday.
"The Easter festival holds a special place in the spiritual life of Russian society..." said Medvedev in a statement issued overnight by the Kremlin. He noted in particular the symbolism of the fact that this year Christians of all denominations - Protestants, Catholics and Orthodox - celebrated Easter on the same day. Their cooperation for peace and mutual understanding would contribute to the more harmonious interethnic and interconfessional relations, he added.
Easter Holy Week celebrations are continuing in Jerusalem with a traditional ceremony at the holiest place in Christianity. Orthodox Christians crowded into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City for the Ceremony of the Holy Fire. Following a 1,200-year-old tradition, priests entered the ancient stone tomb of Jesus as the cavernous church was plunged into darkness. Suddenly, the priests emerged with candles said to be lit by the Holy Spirit.
The crowd cheered as the flame quickly spread to thousands of worshippers holding candles. It symbolizes that Jesus is the light of the world. Worshippers came from countries where the Orthodox churches are strong, including Serbia, Russia, Armenia and Greece.