Serbian Orthodox Church

Christmas Midnight Liturgy at Saint Sava Cathedral

His Grace Bishop Andrej of Remesiana served the Divine Liturgy at the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar at midnight

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 Bishop Andrej of Remesiana, in the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar. The Bishop was concelebrated by the clergy of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, with the participation of lots of faithful people of the capital. The choir of the Saint Sava Cathedral sang responses.  The service was attended by Dr. Mileta Radojevic, director of the Office for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities, and Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic, proto-master of the Saint Sava Cathedral.

Christmas Eve in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar

Christmas Eve in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar
Christmas Eve in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar
Christmas Eve in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar
Christmas Eve in the church of Saint Sava on Vracar

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended last night burning of badnjaks (Yule logs) at the plateau in front of the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej greeted the gathered faithful people with the traditional greeting Christ is born - True He is born! and said that the Christmas Eve is the joyful feast day which we had inherited from our ancestors, and that the Yule log is a symbol of the divine love. Among the believers who gathered at the plateau there was also Mr. Nebojsa Covic, a member of the temporary City Council.

Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, for Christmas, sent an appeal to the authorities of R. Macedonia and to the international community, for releasing of Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid

His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, in his most recent epistle for Christmas, which he delivered to the public on January 3, 2014, addressed the state persecution on religious basis that is performed against Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric.

In the epistle, Patriarch Irinej of Serbia sent an appeal to the authorities of R. Macedonia and to the international community:

“Honorous and blessed Christmas we wish to our imprisoned brother and concelebrant, Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje, and to the whole persecuted and suffering Orthodox Church in R. Macedonia. He is being unjustly held in prison by the authorities, and his believers are being denied the freedom of belief and conscience, only because they opted for the unity of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The ethnophiletistic schism is the biggest tragedy of our Church in R. Macedonia. The schismatics, unfortunately, have submitted the unity of the Church to politics and ethnophiletism.

Archpastoral Message of His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand

IRINEJ

BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

GOD’S PEACE — CHRIST IS BORN!

Rejoice, heaven and earth,
as the prophets foretold!
Celebrate in the spirit, angels and people!
God is born of a woman and appears in the flesh...
(Troparion of the Nativity Litiya)

Our much beloved Clergy and Monastics, Sons and Daughters, Our dear Spiritual Children,

Christmas Enclytical of His Grace Bishop Longon of New Gracanica and Midwestern America

It is that 'the Word became flesh' and the Master took on the form of a slave. 
He became the Son of Man, though He was the true Son of God, in order that He might make the sons of men children of God.
-St. John Chrysostom, Homily 10

We remember this Christmas, our dear faithful, the abovementioned words of St. John Chrysostom, which explain the birth of God from the Virgin Mary. It is always important, especially during these festal days, to have before our eyes an image of God, Who out of love towards us “lowered Himself to raise up man.” By the recalling to our consciousness of the great sacrifice of God, we can correctly understand our relationship with the All-loving Father, and especially the general joy of the Nativity, which is offered to us.