Serbian Orthodox Church
Continuing his canonical visit to the Diocese of Canada, His Holiness Irinej served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on Saturday, April 21, 2012 in the church of St. Nicholas in Hamilton, at Barton str., along with his host, Bishop Georgije of Canada, Bishop Dositej of Britain and Scandinavia, 11 priests and two deacons of the Diocese of Canada. During the Liturgy the choir of the church of St. Nicholas chanted, and about 200 believers attended the service in Hamilton.
On Easter Tuesday in Velika Hoca it is traditionally served in the monastery of St. John, metochion of the monastery of Decani. The Liturgy was served by heugomen of the monastery of Zociste protosyngellos Stefan, after which there was a procession around the church. Besides the parish of Hoca protopresbyter-staurophor Milenko Dragicevic, the Liturgy was attended by hierodeacon Kirilo Decanac, who is in charge of this metochion, and the monk Marko Decanac.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije served on Bright Friday the Divine Liturgy in the church of Most Holy Theotokos in Umcari.
Following that, Bishop Atanasije in near village of Pudarci in the church of Life-bearing Easter Friday which is still under construction, cut the slava cake with the faithful of this village.
His Holiness Irinej , Serbian Patriarch arrived on Thursday, April 19, 2012 in late afternoon hours in Toronto, in his first canonical visit to the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Canada.
The most joyous Christian holiday the Resurrection of Christ was solemnly celebrated in the Serbian Orthodox church of Saint Thomas the Apostle in Johannesburg. At the midnight prayer lots of Orthodox believers gathered, and in the morning Holy Liturgy it was even more solemn and joyous because of the presence of large number of children and since the church has been visited as never before.