Migrants at Christmas dinner given by the Metropolitan of Zagreb

Migrants at Christmas dinner given by the Metropolitan of Zagreb
Migrants at Christmas dinner given by the Metropolitan of Zagreb
Migrants at Christmas dinner given by the Metropolitan of Zagreb
Migrants at Christmas dinner given by the Metropolitan of Zagreb

Metropolitan Porphyry gave Christmas lunch for migrants from Ethiopia who found their new home in Zagreb and who are regular members of the Serbian Orthodox Church Community.

After the Christmas Liturgy celebrated in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord, the Church Community of the City of Zagreb organized a Christmas lunch at which Metropolitan Porphyry hosted Mr. Milan Bandić, Mayor of Zagreb with associates Dusko Ljustin, Ms. Bogdanka Vulpa and Mrs. Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic, as well as the president of the Serbian People's Council of the Republic of Croatia Milorad Pupovac and a parliamentary representative of the Serbian national minority  Mr. Boris Milosevic.

Christmas Eve in Saint Sava Cathedral

Christmas Eve in Saint Sava Cathedral
Christmas Eve in Saint Sava Cathedral
Christmas Eve in Saint Sava Cathedral
Christmas Eve in Saint Sava Cathedral

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the All Night Vigil with blessing of the Yule log in the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district on 6 January 2019, on Christmas Eve. 

Beside many believers, the prayerful service was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dacic and Minister of Defence Aleksandar Vulin.

Christmas Eve

In the evening of Christmas Eve a log cut from a tree, the Yule log (badnjak), is placed on the fire. This young tree, usually oak, symbolizes Christ and his entry into the world. Burning of the Yule log presents the warmth of Christ's love. Then, Christmas Eve is a reminder of the tree that the shepherds brought into the cave and which the righteous Joseph burn to warm the just born God-child in the cold cave.

Christmas Eve: Welcoming the Nativity of the Lord

Christmas Eve: Welcoming the Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Eve: Welcoming the Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Eve: Welcoming the Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Eve: Welcoming the Nativity of the Lord

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint Michael the Archangel in Belgrade in the morning of a Christmas Eve, 6 January 2019. (photo gallery).

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will officiate the services in the evening of the Christmas Eve and on Christmas at Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district. 

On Christmas Eve, on 6 January 2019 at 4 p.m., His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will attend burning of the Yule logs (badnjak) at the plateau in front of Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district. On this occasion, the Patriarch will serve solemn Vesper service in the crypt of the Saint Sava Cathedral. On Christmas, 7 January 2019, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will serve the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the crypt of the Saint Sava Cathedral beginning at 9 a.m. 

Bishop Irinej Congratulates Congressman Stivers

On January 2, 2019, His Grace Bishop Irinej, on behalf of the Diocese of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church, extended warm congratulations and heartfelt gratitude to Congressman Steven Ernst ‘Steve’ Stivers (R-OH) as he began his new role as co-chair of the Congressional Serbian American Caucus.

The Bishop expressed his confidence that under his leadership, the Caucus will continue its important work bringing the United States and Serbia closer together by affirming shared values and historic ties as a firm foundation upon which future relations should be established.

Ordination of Stefan Djoric to the Holy Diaconate

Ordination of Stefan Djoric to the Holy Diaconate
Ordination of Stefan Djoric to the Holy Diaconate
Ordination of Stefan Djoric to the Holy Diaconate
Ordination of Stefan Djoric to the Holy Diaconate

 

On the 23rd of December 2018, His grace Bishop Irinej, presided over the celebration of the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City, PA.

During the liturgy, a tonsured reader, Stefan Djoric, St. Vladimir’s Seminarian, was ordained into the Holy Diaconate.

The Blessing of ZOE Women’s Center

Saturday, December 8, 2018, was an auspicious day in the history of ZOE for Life!

On that day, His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Pittsburgh, together with His Grace Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, came together with local clergy to bless the newly created ZOE Women’s Center.