Serbian Orthodox Church
On the 9th of January 2017, when the Orthodox Church celebrated the memory of St. Stepen the First-martyr and Archdeacon, the Divine hierarchal Liturgy was officiated in the church of St. Nicholas the Miracle-Worker in Rijeka.
The Eucharistic service was presided over by the competent Bishop of Gornji Karlovac, Gerasim; concelebrants were Archpriest-Stavrophor Mico Kostic and Presbyter Jovan Galamic. After the end of the Liturgy, the clergy blessed wheat and bread (cake) of those faithful who celebrate St. Stephen as their family patron saint.
Marking January 9th – National Day of the Republic of Srpska and its Patron Saint-day, Holy First Martyr and Archdeacon Stephen, began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Christ the Saviour in Banjaluka officiated by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch.
Their Graces Bishops Jefrem of Banjaluka, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac and Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina cocelebrated. The Liturgy was attended by President of Republic of Srpska Mr. Milorad Dodik, Prime Minsuer of the Republic of Srpska Mrs Zeljka Cvijanovic with her ministers, Crown Prince Aleksandar and Princess Katarina Karadjordjevic, ministers in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, representatives of the political and public life anda great number of the faitful.
- photo gallery (photo: Strahinja Kragulj)
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Saint Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 7 January 2017, on the joyful feast-day of the Nativity of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ– Christmas.
The festal Divine Liturgy was attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Crown Prince Aleksandar Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, Chief of the Serbian General Staff General Ljubisa Dikovic, Minister of Justice Mrs. Nela Kuburovic, representatives of the Republic and City authorities, Apostolic Nuncio of the Holy See in Belgrade Archbishop Luciano Suriani with his Secretary Mons. Filippo Colnago, Archbishop of Belgrade His Eminence Stanislav Hocevar, representatives of traditional Churches and religious communities, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of the cultural and public life of the capital.
Protopresbyter-staurophor Radomir Nikcevic, officiated the Holy Liturgy in the church of Holy Trinity in Vraka.
The celebration of Christmas in Vraka near Skadar began with solemn blessing and burning of the Yule logs on 6 January 2016. In front of the church of Holy Trinity in Vraka Yule logs were blessed by the priest of the Albanian Orthodox Church in Skadar Nikola Petani, following the approval of Archbishop Anastasios of Albania and Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral.
From the website of the Diocese of Eastern America we share few photographs of Christmas services in Boston, Elizabeth, New York, Philadelphia and North Canton.
President of Croatia Mrs. Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic sent best wishes to the Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, His Eminence Porfirius, and via him to the clergy, monastics and faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia, on the occasion of the forthcoming feast-days of Orthodox Christmas, and greeted him with the traditional Christmas greeting: God’s Peace – Christ is Born !
“May the Christmas be a feast-day of Christian joy, peace, family and devotional fellowship, encouragement for persistence in the common efforts of all Christian believers and the people of good while building up Croatia as a country of benefit for all its citizens,” was written in the message of Mrs. Kiktarovic.