Serbian Orthodox Church

Saint Lazarus Day in Gracanica: We will persevere with the God\s power and our faith

Serbian Saint Lazarus Day was solemnly celebrated in the monastery of Gracanica with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy celebrated by Bishop Atanasije of Zaholm-Herzegovina, with the concelebration of the clergy of the Diocese of Raska - Prizren.

Liturgical responses were sung by the church choir from Cacak, with the participation of several hundred faithful from all parts of central Serbia, Montenegro, Republika of Srpska and Northern Macedonia. Due to the specific conditions of the pandemic this year, the number of believers was much smaller than usual, but many who could not come participated in the all-Serbian celebration of Saint Lazarus Day, praying in their own churches around the world.

Saint Lazarus Day celebrated in the royal city of Krusevac

His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac consecrated the cornerstone of the church of the Holy Prince Lazarus in the Krusevac barracks. The ceremony was attended by Mayor Mrs. Jasmina Palurovic, Director of the BIA Mr. Bratislav Gasic, Minister Mr. Zoran Djordjevic, as well as by quite a number of the Serbian Armed Forces.

On the Eve of the Serbian Saint Lazarus Day, when the church  Lazarica celebrates its founder and protector, the Holy Great Martyr Prince Lazarus, a solemn Vigil was served, after which the feast loaf was broken on the occasion of the slava of the choir of Saint Prince Lazar. The vigil, which was served by His Grace Bishop David of Krusevac and the clergy of the Diocese of Krusevac, was attended by faithful people and the clergy of the city of Krusevac.

Solemn celebration of Saint Lazarus Day in Lazarica church in Belgrade

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Lazarica, in the Belgrade district of Zvezdara on Saint Lazarus Day, on 28 June 2020.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the local clergy. Before the beginning of the Liturgy, the Patriarch ordained Ivica Stojkovic and Slobodan Pajevic, parishioners into the rank of a reader.

Saint Lazarus Day in Saint Sava church in Novi Sad

Bishop Irinej: We celebrate Saint Lazarus Day: it is not a defeat - it is a victory, it is not just a historical event - it is a spiritual feat.

On Third Sunday after Pentecost, 15/28 June 2020. on the feast day of Saint Vitus Day, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Saint Sava in Novi Sad with the concelebration of His Graces Bishop Isihije of Mohacs, the clergy and deacons of Novi Sad.

Jadovno, Croatia: We do not pray for the perished but to the perished

- Every word in this place is excessive. Faced with the mystery of evil, we need to penetrate the mystery of good, said His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana at the Memorial Service for the victims of Jadovno (*Croatian concentration camp for Serbs in WWII)  on 24th June 2020 over the Saran Pit, near Gospic, Croatia.

Memorial service for the victims of Jadovno was officiated by His Eminence Porfirije and Their  Graces Bishops Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac and Nikodim of Dalmatia with the concelebration of the clergy of the three dioceses.