His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Christmas Divine Liturgy in Belgrade's Cathedral church.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated this morning, on the joyous feast of the Nativity of Christ, the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade. The service was attended by President of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, Crown Prince Alexander Karadjordjevic and Princess Katherine, First Vice President of the Government Mr. Ivica Dacic, Minister of Justice Mr. Nikola Selakovic, representatives of the Republic and city authorities, Apostolic Nuncio Mons. Orlando Antonini, Ambassador of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Chushev, Archbishop Stanislav Hocevar, representatives of the Islamic community of Serbia, people from cultural and public life of the capital, as well as lots of faithful people.
BY THE GRACE OF GOD
BISHOP OF THE METROPOLITANATE OF
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
GOD’S PEACE — CHRIST IS BORN!
Thirtieth Sunday after Pentecost;
Sunday before Nativity – The Holy Fathers;
The Holy Great-martyr Anastasia;
Serbian Father’s Day
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FIVE:
Let us, the faithful, praise and worship the Word, coeternal with the Father and the Spirit, born for our salvation from the Virgin; for He willed to be lifted upon the Cross in the flesh, to endure death, and to raise the dead by His glorious Resurrection.
The feast-day of Saint Spyridon the Miracle-worker in Trieste was solemnly celebrated this year; this is a great feast-day not only for Orthodox Christians but for all citizens of the city of Trieste as well, regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation.
The faithful filled the church of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous at the feast-day’s vesper service which was served by His Grace Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland. The Roman Catholic Church, which celebrates Christmas according to the new calendar, was represented by His Excellency Archbishop of Trieste Giampaolo Crepaldi.