"Our thoughts and prayers are now with the people of Haiti," said Archbishop Demetrios who immediately issued an encyclical calling upon the faithful of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to pray for the safety, health and well being of all the people of Haiti and in particular the Greek Orthodox faithful there.
On Sunday, January 10, 2010, on the Sunday of the Holy Fathers and the day we commemorate the Holy 20,000 Maryrs of Nicomedia, His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America made an archpastoral visit to the parish of St. John the Baptist in the state of Colorado. This visit was made all the more festive and significant since His Grace, the bishop, was greeted by the faithful from two Orthodox parishes, St. John's and St. Herman of Alaska (OCA).
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Archbishop of Cetinje , Locum tenens of the throne of the Serbian patriarchs, served with the priests at midnight in front of the church of St. George under Gorica in Podgorica a fervent prayer for the new summer of the goodness of the Lord.
On the day when the Serbian Orthodox Church celebrated three holidays - Circumcision of our Lord, New Year and Saint Basil the Great, January 14, 2010, the Cathedral Church in Belgrade dedicated its traditional New Year's Concert at the National Theater to the memory of Patriarch Pavle of Serbia of blessed repose.
A festive celebration of Epiphany in the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac and Municipality of Cukarica will commence with the Divine Liturgies at churches of St. George and St. Petka on Cukarica at 8.30 am. At the church of St. Petka His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, the Locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, will serve with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Mitrofan of Eastern America and Atanasije of Hvosno.
Formal cross processions will start from the both churches around 10.45 and they will merge together before Ada Ciganlija, where an act of Blessing of Waters will be performed with lowering of the Precious Cross into the water. Following this there will be a traditional Epiphany Cross swimming competition for the Cross.