Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today on Lazarus Saturday, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral church of St. Michael the Archangel. Today's holiday is Patron Saint's Day (slava) of Patriarch Irinej, so today's liturgical gathering was particularly festive.
On Sunday of St. Mary the Egyptian, His Beautitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the St. Cyril and Methodius church, Slavic enlighteners, in Evozmos, a town near Thessaloniki.
On the fifth week of Easter lent, on April 10, 2011, His Eminence Archbishop Damaskinos (Papandreu) of Johannesburg and Pretoria visited the Serbian parish and the church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Johannesburg. This was the first visit since his enthronement in December 2010 on the throne of the Orthodox archbishop of South Africa.
V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragan Filipovic was the evening's homilist. He reminded all those gathered for the evening service that with the following day we embark upon the fifth week of fasting, meaning if we have not done well at fasting thus far we have three weeks remaining. He called upon all to take these days seriously and wisely that we all might worthily and joyously await the great feast of the Lord's Resurrection. Fr. Dragan also spoke earnestly about the gifts we offer to God, emphasizing that when we give something it is no longer ours. Hence, the arguments over church property must always be seen in this point of view, that we have offered all of this to God and dedicated to His glory, not our own.