On Friday, April 24, 2009 at 10 A.M. , a delegation from the Russian Federation and representatives of this state in Serbia visited St Sava Cathedral. The delegation consisted of: Georgy Poltavchenko, a representative of the President of the Russian Federation, Aleksandar Petropavlovski, an counselor of the representative of the President of the R.F., Aleksandar Konuzin, an ambassador of the Russian Federation in Serbia, Evgeny Lukin and Oleg Buldakov, counselors of the Embassy, Svetlana Shevchenko, an attaché of the Embassy, Zurab Cereteli, a sculpist, Igor Kozlov, a sculptor assistant and Dmitry Malishev, a director of NIS company.
His Eminence Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia received today at the Patriarchate Court Manolis Lamdzidis, a president of the Bar Association of Thessaloniki, and Yorgos Kukutsilis, a legal advisor of Patriarch Bartholomew, as well as members of the Head board of the Bar Association.
Today at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has received the Revd Donald Reeves, an Anglican priest, a director of the Soul for Europe project, which has been working for ten years in the Republic of Srpska and the BH Federation. After the Paschal greeting, the Revd Donald Reeves conveyed greetings of the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to Serbian people and the Church, and especially to Serbian Patriarch Pavle and Metropolitan Amfilohije. He has also asked for a blessing of the Serbian Church to go to a mission of peace in Kosovo and Metohija and to work on a reconciliation of population there, with a special wish to visit monasteries: Grachanica, Dechani and the Patriarchate of Pech.
His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, accompanied by Archimandrite Lazar (Caran) of the St. Sava Monastery in Elaine, participated in the celebration of Paschal Vespers on the Great Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord at the Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos in Dandenong, Victoria The services were led by the Very Rev. Mitred Archpriest Dr. Michael Protapopov, Dean of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia, joined by other local hieromonks and deacons.
April 18, 2009 at 11pm His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America concelebrated the Paschal Matins
and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Fr. Lazar
Vasiljevic, Fr. Ilija Dajkovic, Fr. Norman Kosanovic and Hierodeacon Elisha
Kapor and the parishioners of the Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, California.
On the greatest Christian feast day in all churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the country and abroad was praying and joyous. In the greatest temple of our Holy Church a Holy Liturgy was served at midnight, and the faithful were coming to the Communion cup so as to feel all the force of the Resurrection of Christ by taking communion with the Living God.
At the St Sava Cathedral on Vrachar at midnight, His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral with the blessing and on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of fifteen priests and deacons.