Serbian Orthodox Church
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served last night at 11,30 pm an act of thanksgiving at the beginning of New Year in the Memorial Cathedral of St. Sava on Vracar in a presence of many pious people who fulfilled the Cathedral and the Vracar plateau. The traditional fireworks marked the beginning of New Year 2011.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today, on the feast day of St. Basil the Great, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church. After the public prayer meeting for a successful and blessed New Year 2011, His Holiness cut the slava cake of the First Belgrade Singing Society which will held tonight at 8 pm a traditional New Year's concert at the National Theatre.
"St. Sava's Little Bell" (Svetosavsko zvonce) with a play "Nativity Star" was a special guest at traditional Christmas receptions at the White Palace, which are organized by Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander Karageorgevich and Crown Princess Katherine for children without parental care, children with special needs, Roma children, refugee and internally displaced children.
One cannot but be humbled by the dedication and service of the many volounteers who give selflessly of their time to the God-given task of building St. Sava College. The building industry in Sydney has been in turmoil over the past several months because of bad weather, but a group of dedicated Serbian carpenters is hopeful that they will soon complete the installation of roof beams and braces enabling the tiling of the College roof.
On the third day of Christmas, the feast day of Saint Stephen the Archdeacon was celebrated in all churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church and in Orthodox homes in which this saint is celebrated as their patron. Especially solemn was in St. Stephen the Archdeacon monastery in Slanci where His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in a presence of thousand believers from all parts of Serbia.