The Palm Sunday in the Cathedral church in Belgrade

The Palm Sunday in the Cathedral church in Belgrade
The Palm Sunday in the Cathedral church in Belgrade
The Palm Sunday in the Cathedral church in Belgrade
The Palm Sunday in the Cathedral church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of the Holy Archangel Micahel in Belgrade on the Feast day of the Entry of the Lord Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, 21 April 2019.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the abbot of the monastery of Rajinovac, archimandrite Serafim (Kuzic), arhimandrite Nikifor (Milovic) from the Diocese of Budimlje-Niksic, Montenegro, and by many priests and deacons.

The Patron Saint-day of Serbian Patriarch Irinej

The Patron Saint-day of Serbian Patriarch Irinej
The Patron Saint-day of Serbian Patriarch Irinej
The Patron Saint-day of Serbian Patriarch Irinej
The Patron Saint-day of Serbian Patriarch Irinej

The highest representatives of the Serbian people attend the celebration of the Patriarch’s Patron Saint-day of the Serbian Patriarch Irinej.

His Holiness Irinej, the Serbian Patriarch, received President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vucic, and Chairman of the Presidency of the Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Milorad Dodik, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on the occasion of Saint Lazarus Saturday, the Patron Saint-day (Slava) of His Holiness, on 20 April 2019.

St. Lazarus Saturday in the Cathedral church of Belgrade

St. Lazarus Saturday in the Cathedral church of Belgrade
St. Lazarus Saturday in the Cathedral church of Belgrade
St. Lazarus Saturday in the Cathedral church of Belgrade
St. Lazarus Saturday in the Cathedral church of Belgrade

On St. Lazarus Saturday, 20 April 2019,  His Holiness Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade.

The prayerful celebration of St. Lazarus Saturday – the Patron Saint-day (slava) of Serbian Patriarch Irinej, began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Belgrade’s Cathedral Church by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Stefan of Remesiana and in the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Lavrentije of Sabac.

Jesus' Entry into Jerusalem - Palm Sunday

On the Sunday before Pascha, the Holy Church celebrates the Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead (John 12:1). While tarrying there, in the house of Lazarus, many of those who had accompanied Him on the way from Jericho managed to reach Jerusalem and spread the tidings that Christ the Savior was coming there for the Feast of the Passover, and had stopped for a while in Bethany. Hearing this news, Christ's enemies, the scribes and Pharisees came to Bethany, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, Whom He had raised from the dead (John 12:9).

Best wishes for Christians who celebrate Easter according to Western paschalia

On the occasion of the forthcoming radiant Feast-day of Resurrection of Christ, which Western Christians celebrate according to Western tradition (Paschalia), the Editorial board of the Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church uses this opportunity to congratulate them the forthcoming bright feast days of the Resurrection of Christ with the joyful greeting:

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

The Raising of Lazarus (Lazarus Saturday)

Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Visible triumphs are few in the earthly life of our Lord Jesus Christ. He preached a kingdom “not of this world.” At His nativity in the flesh there was “no room at the inn.” For nearly thirty years, while He grew “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52), He lived in obscurity as “the son of Mary.” When He appeared from Nazareth to begin His public ministry, one of the first to hear of Him asked: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46). In the end He was crucified between two thieves and laid to rest in the tomb of another man.

Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Gracanica monastery

After touching encounters with the Serbs in Strpce and Kosovsko Pomoravlje, His Holiness Patriarch visited the Gracanica Monastery on 16 April 2019.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej was solemnly greeted in Gracanica monastery by Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren with abbess Stephanida as well as the sisterhood of the Gracanica.

Following the prayer in the church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God, the Serbian Patriarch met with a great group of children and the faithful from Gracanica and its area and addressed to them words of encouragement and hope, and presented them small icons.

The Primate of the Serbian Church had conversations with the abbess and representatives of the Municipality of Gracanica.

In the evening the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, accompanied by Bishop Teodosije, arrived to the Banjska Monastery in Northern Kosovo and Metochia, where he was welcomed by Archimandrite Danilo with his brotherhood and the faithful of that area.