President of Serbia Boris Tadic has sent today the Easter message of peace from a monastery of Visoki Dechani. - Without peace we cannot secure decent life, without trust in peace we cannot live normally, sent a message president Tadic. President visited Dechani, in spite of an opposition of the so-called "Kosovo government". President Tadic extended his congratulations to the head of the SOC His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, church dignitaries, priesthood and all citizens the forthcoming holiday of the Ressurection of Our Lord.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served the Holy Hierarchal liturgy at the Cathedral Church in Belgrade with the concelebration of protopresbyter-staurophor Savo B. Jovic, protopresbyter-staurophor Branko Topalovic, protopresbyter-staurophor Petar Lukic, protopresbyter-staurophor Dr Vladimir Vukasinovic, protopresbyter Dr Luka Novakovic, presbyter Nebojsa Topolic and protodeacons Stevan Rapajic and Vlado Mikic and hierodeacon Jovan (Panic).
His Eminence Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of Serbian Patriarch, in the chapel of St. Simeon The Myrrh-Gusher at the Patriarchate court served an evening service during which was placing Epitaphios and it was layed along with the Holy Gospel on salutation of many faithful people.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of Serbian Patriarch, served an evening service at the church of St Marko in Belgrade with the concelebration of the priesthood of this temple. During the service there was a placing of Epitaphios (winding-sheet) which was laid on the Christ's tomb in front of the iconostas.
The church was full of believers who came to worship the sacrifice of Our Lord and to kiss holy wound of the Saviour on the winding-sheet.
On the evening of this day, which was the eve of the feast of unleavened bread (that is, the Passover), our Redeemer supped with His twelve disciples in the city. He blessed the bread and the wine, and gave us the Mystery of the Divine Eucharist. He washed the feet of the disciples as an example of humility. He said openly that one of them was about to betray Him, and He pointed out the betrayer by revealing that it was he "that dippeth his hand with Me in the dish." And after Judas had straightway gone forth, Jesus gave the disciples His final and sublime instructions, which are contained in the first Gospel Reading of the Holy Passion (John 13:31-18:1 known as the Gospel of the Testament).
By the Grace of God
Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome
And Ecumenical Patriarch
To the Plenitude of the Church
Grace, Peace and Mercy
By the Savior Christ Risen in Glory
Dearly beloved brothers and children in the Lord,
Christ is Risen!
In sullenness, one day in the 19th century, humankind heard from the lips of the tragic philosopher: "God is dead! We killed him! All of us are his murderers ... God will remain dead! What else are the churches but tombs and graves of God?" And only a few decades later, we heard from the lips of his younger colleague: "Gentlemen, I declare to you the death of God!"