Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka

Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka
Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka
Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka
Patriarch Irinej arrived to Banjaluka

His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed ceremoniously in the evening on January 8, 2019 in front of the Holy Trinity church in Banja Luka, where doxology was served (photo gallery).

His Holiness Patriarch was greeted by the President of the Republic of Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister Radovan Viskovic, Chairman of the B&H Presidency Milorad Dodik, and Their Graces Bishops: Jefrem of Banja Luka, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla and Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac.

Christmastide in Budapest

Christmastide in Budapest
Christmastide in Budapest
Christmastide in Budapest
Christmastide in Budapest

On the eve of the feast of the Birth of Christ, His Eminence Bishop of Buda Lukian with the clergy served a festal vigil service the Annunciation church in Szentendre.

Previously, the Yule-log was ceremoniously welcomed in front of the Diocesan Palace where the children traditionally performed Christmas drama presentations, reciting and singing about the New-Born Child Christ. On the day of the feast of the Birth of Christ Bishop Lukian officiated the holy hierarchal Liturgy in the church of St. George in Budapest. His Grace Bishop was concelebrated by archpriest Zoran Ostojic, hieromonk Varnava Knezevic, Archdeacon Inokentije Lukin and deacons Zoran Zivic and Stefan Milisavic.

Christmas celebrated in the Ohrid Archdiocese

Christmas celebrated in the Ohrid Archdiocese
Christmas celebrated in the Ohrid Archdiocese
Christmas celebrated in the Ohrid Archdiocese
Christmas celebrated in the Ohrid Archdiocese

His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, celebrated Christmas Liturgy in the Stavropegial Monastery of St. John Chrysostom in Nižepolje near Bitola on the Feast-day of Nativity of Christ.

The Bishop of Polog-Kumanovo and locum tenens of the Debar-Kicevo Diocese Joakim served the Holy Liturgy in Ohrid, while the Bishop of Bregalnica and locum tenes of Bitola Marko officiated the solemn Liturgy in town Stip. Bishop of Stobi and locum tenens of Strumica David served in the capital of Macedonia Skopje. Christmas Liturgies were also served in other shrines of the Orthodox Archbishopric of Ohrid.

The Nativity of the Lord celebrated in the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi

The Nativity of the Lord celebrated in the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi
The Nativity of the Lord celebrated in the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi
The Nativity of the Lord celebrated in the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi
The Nativity of the Lord celebrated in the monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi

In all the churches and monasteries of the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, Montenegro, midnight and morning services were officiated as well as  solemn liturgies in honour of the birthday of the Lord Jesus Christ.

His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic served the Liturgy in the Diocesan monastery of Djurdjevi Stupovi in concelebration of clergy and ordained monastics and with the prayerful participation of many faithful people.

Christmas Festivities in Zagreb

Christmas Festivities in Zagreb
Christmas Festivities in Zagreb
Christmas Festivities in Zagreb
Christmas Festivities in Zagreb

On the great feast of the Nativity of Christ - Christmas, His Eminence Porfirije, Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana, officiated the holy hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb.

He was concelebrated by the Cathedral clergy.  Along with the faithful people who gathered to celebrate Christmas, the Liturgy was attended by Milan Bandic, Mayor of Zagreb with associates Dusko Lustin, Mrs. Bogdanka Vulpa and Mrs. Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic, Mr. Milorad Pupovac, President of the Serbian People's Council, and Mr. Boris Milosevic, a parliamentary representative of the Serbian national minority. 

Patriarchal Christmas Liturgy in the Church of St. Sava

Patriarchal Christmas Liturgy in the Church of St. Sava
Patriarchal Christmas Liturgy in the Church of St. Sava
Patriarchal Christmas Liturgy in the Church of St. Sava
Patriarchal Christmas Liturgy in the Church of St. Sava

His Holiness Irinej, Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, officiated on Christmas, January 7, 2019, the triumphant hierarchal Liturgy in the church of the Holy Prince Lazar, i.e. the crypt of the Memorial Church of St. Sava in Belgrade (photo gallery).

 In the prayerful presence of Patriarch’s Vicar Bishop Stefan of Remesiana, Princpal of the Memorial Church of St. Sava, and with participation of a great number of God-loving people from  the capital city, the Liturgy was attended also by: Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and Princess Katarina, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić, Deputy Director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities Dr. Marko Nikolić, Apostolic Nuncio Luciano Suriani, Archbishop of Belgrade Stanislav Hočevar, representatives of traditional Churches and religious communities and members of the diplomatic corps.

President of Croatia visited Metropolitan Porfirije for Christmas

After the end of the Christmas Liturgy, officiated by the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana in the Zagreb Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord,  President of the Republic of Croatia, Ms. Kolinda Grabar Kitarović payed a friendly visit to this Serbian hierarch.

Madame Kitarović congratulated Christmas to Mitropolitan Porpfirije, his clergy and all the Orthodox faithful living in Croatia, and handed in a Christmas present to His Excellency the Metropolitan.