Serbian Orthodox Church
On 7 January 2015, the joyous feast day of the Nativity of the Lord - Christmas, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade.
The solemn feast day's service, besides a lot of faithful people, was also attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, First Vice President of the Government and Foreign Minister Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic, representatives of the state and city authorities, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Belgrade Mr. Stanislav Hocevar and representatives of traditional Churches and religious communities, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as people from cultural and public life of the Serbian capital.
32nd Sunday after Pentecost:
The Holy and Righteous Prophet and King David, Joseph the betrothed, and James the Brother of the Lord; The 20,000 Holy Martyrs of Nicomedia
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE SEVEN:
By Your Cross, You destroyed death! To the thief, You opened Paradise! For the myrrhbearers, You changed weeping into joy! And You commanded Your disciples, O Christ God, to proclaim that You are risen, granting the world great mercy!
The celebration of Christmas, the feast day of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, the most joyful event in the Christian world began at midnight with the first Christmas Liturgy, served by His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica and in a prayerful presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.
Vicar of the Patriarch was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, with the presence of a lot of faithful people of the capital.
An Excellent Experience
2015 Winter Youth Retreat – Midwest Diocese
Over 110 high school and college students came together for spirituality, fellowship, and healing. It all started on Monday evening December 28, 2015, when a harsh winter storm hit the Chicago area.
How can a womb contain Him whom nothing can contain?
How can He remain in His Father’s bosom, yet rest in His mother’s arms?
It is His good pleasure to accomplish this. . .
(Nativity Matinal Kathisma Hymn)
God in His Providence deigned, and it is truly according to His good will, that the birth of а child be a great source of joy. For all of us who anticipate that child, its birth evokes boundless love – tenderness – toward that newborn life! As such we celebrate the birth of Christ according to the flesh with hymns of praise and joyful songs. For His birth is the source and foundation of our salvation as He, God before all ages, is “born as a little Child”. Christ is born, beloved, glorify Him!