Serbian Orthodox Church
Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral kyr Amfilohije prepared yesterday at the Green salon of the Hotel "Crna Gora" in Podgorica the traditional Christmas reception for representatives of the diplomatic corps, religious, cultural and public life in Montenegro.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas, His Grace Bishop Konstantin of Middle Europe served in the church of the monastery of Most Holy Theotokos in Himelstir. The Bishop served the vigil service on Christmas Eve with the concelebration of protosyngellos Sergey (Paraklis), the head of the Monastery. In this church Bishop Konstantin served on Christmas. On the Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos His Grace Bishop served the Divine Liturgy in Essen. The occasion of this visit was a church slava, St. First Martyr and Hierodeacon Stephen.
Source: Diocese of Middle Europe
Christmas Eve - Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served the Divine Liturgy in the Cetinje monastery and during which family Atkovic was baptized. Bishop in early afternoon blessed and lighted the Yule logs in the monastery of Saint Nicholas at Obod Crnojevica. The Metropolitan blessed and set to fire Yule logs in front of the Cetinje monastery which was also this year brought, according to the tradition, by the representatives of all tribes and parts from the Littoral, Boka, Old Montenegro, Zeta, Brdo, and Old Herzegovina. According to the old many-centuries custom the first badnjak was brought by the Bajica tribe - the Martinovics and the Borilovics.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije and His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasius of Albania and Tirana, also this year, according to the tradition, priests of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral blessed and lighted Yule logs and served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on Christmas in Vraka near Skadar and thus confirmed the unity of our people for centuries.
In all churches of our Holy Church in our country and abroad merry feast days of the Nativity of the Lord were celebrated festively and liturgically.
Sumadija - On Christmas Eve, before the birth of the Son of God, in the Cathedral church of the Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Sumaidja served the vigil service in the presence of many believers of Kragujevac and surroundings. Solem Christmas Liturgy was served by Bishop Jovan of Sumadija with the concelebration of the brotherhood of the church.