With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, locum tenens of Patriarchate throne, His grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, during the Divine Liturgy at the Church of Sinaxis of Serbian Saints in Karaburam, awarded archpriests Radomir Radovanovic, the head of the church of St. Nicholas in Visnjica; Radenko Zivaljević, the head of the church of St. Stefan in Veliko Selo, and Ilija Rosic, parish priest of the church of the Sinaxis of All Serbian Saints in Karaburmi, with the right to wear the pectoral cross. Also, Bishop Atanasije, with the blessing of Metropolitan Amfilohije, awarded presbyters Milan Lucic, Rada Simic and Djordje Dragutinovic with a rank of protopresbyter.
The first ever Divine Liturgy was celebrated by Archbishop Innokenty of Korsun in Castelo Branco, Portugal, during his pastoral visit to Portugal on December 23-27. Surrounded by dense forests, this city has seen only Orthodox prayer services. Sometimes there were evangelizing talks organized through the efforts of the Moscow Patriarchate community in Lisbon. The city is located 200 km away from the Portuguese capital. There are many Orthodox Christians, economic immigrants from Eastern Europe, who just as the locals are engaged in sheep breeding, horticulture and cultivation of olives.
On Monday, December 28, 2009 at 6 pm at the premises of the former department store "Kluz", in 4 Masarikova Street in Belgrade, His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) will open Christmass Fair which will last from December 28, 2009 until January 5, 2010.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, and His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno arranged on December 25, 2009 at Patriarchate throne a formal reception of cadets and senior officers of the Mllitary Academy, led by their head Brigadier General Dr. Mladen Vuruna.
The Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church congratulates the feast of the birth of the Divine God-Child to believers and prelates of the Christian churches which celebrate Christmas on December 25.
To the Most Reverend Hierarchs, the Reverend Priests and Deacons, the Monks and Nuns, the Presidents and Members of the Parish Councils of the Greek Orthodox Communities, the Distinguished Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Day, Afternoon, and Church Schools, the Philoptochos Sisterhoods, the Youth, the Hellenic Organizations, and the entire Greek Orthodox Family in America