Serbian Orthodox Church
The feast day of the capital, Belgrade - the Ascension of the Lord was also solemnly celebrated this year. The Holy Hierarchal Liturgy, which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch in the church of the Ascension of the Lord, with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia-New Zealand and many priests, was a beginning of the joyful celebration of the feast day.
The Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Dragan Djilas held a reception yesterday at the Belgrade City Hall on the occasion of the Ascension of Jesus - the Patron Saint's Day of the Serbian capital. The reception was, on behalf of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch was attended by His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received on May 30, 2011 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade His Eminence Metropolitan Kyrril of Varna and Veliki Preslav accompanied by His Excellency Georgi Dimitrov, the Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Serbia.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch recieved today on June 1, 2011 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade Her Excellency Ana Hrustanovic, newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in Italy.
On the feast day of the Transfer of the relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker solemnly was celebrated the church's Patron Saint's Day of the restored church of St. Nicholas in Pristina. The Liturgy was, with the blessing of Bishop Teodosije, serve by head of the church of St. Nicholas parish of Pristina, presbyter Darko Marinkovic with the concelebration of other parish Stevo Mitric. After the feast day's procession, the slava cakes were blessed and cut.
On May 31 of this year, the Bishop's Palace in Novi Sad was visited by a delegation of the parliament of the Free State of Bayern. On behalf of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa the delegation was received by protopresbyter Milovan Miodragovic, deacon Dragan Radic and nun Vasilija.
The liturgical day began with Vespers on the eve of St. Thomas Sunday continuing with Matins and the Hierarchical Liturgy the following morning. His Grace Bishop Maxim presided at the Liturgy co-served by the local clergy: Fr. Bratso Krsic, the parish priest, Fr. Velimir Petakovic, the priest emeritus, Fr. Milan Vukovic, the priest from the sister parish of St. Petka in San Marcos, followed by the cross-procession or litya around the church with the Gospel readings and the prayer for the faithful, the church, the city and every city and country.